Ubuntu works great for me. I only have problems with the monitor stuff. Making it work with my video card required some hacking in a text file when installing (done mostly by Arve) and making it work on a projector is something I have yet to do. Since I got my new laptop with Ubuntu I have given two presentations. Both on Windows XP. I have seen some solutions online that involve hacking that text file again. No fun. Fn+F7 should just work. I guess I will hack in support when I am in Oslo again and Arve is around :-)
ThinkWiki may give some tips on this. Excellent site.
Yeah, xorg.conf, I know. Hopefully you don't have an ATI graphics card... The things I have gone through to make X11 work on my 32" HDTV, damn! I guess that's the trade off for having the pleasure of using apt-get install svn firefox thunderbird cvs scite opera kde, etcetera. :-)
$ aticonfig --query-monitor Connected monitors: foo,bar Enabled monitors: foo $ aticonfig --enable-monitor=foo,bar
Lots of people complain about issues with sound cards, etc. but in my experience those all work perfectly. My main issue has also been graphics cards. I often have to go hack my
xorg.conf especially to get the right screen refresh rate; but that should only bother people in retarded countries on CRT screens anyway.
Hmmm, from Arve's comment I gather you have an ATI graphics card. That sucks because of the incomplete Linux drivers that ATI/AMD provide.
I actually recently read a blog post that indicated that the blogger's laptop running Ubuntu Feisty automatically detected a projector. From what I understand, you need an onboard Intel graphics chip, and (x)randr 1.2 installed. That's definitely something I will remember next time I buy a pc/laptop.