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gNewSense 2.1deltah will not automatically detect and load the required modules for wireless, cabled Ethernet, audio and gpu (it should load nv).
Many of these issues however are simple to fix.
Issue: Xorg runs at 800x600. It should display at 1366x768
In order to fix this you will need to manually specifiy "nv" in xorg.conf.
Add the following third line (Driver "nv") to /etc/X11/xorg.conf so that it reads like so:
Section "Device" Identifier "Configured Video Device" Driver “nv” EndSection
Then restart Xorg by logging out / logging in.
Issue: Ethernet port does not work.
This requires the atl1.ko driver which is Free Software but is currently unavailable in the gNewSense kernels. We need to fetch and install the latest Linux-Libre kernel for this. You will obviously need to perform this task on another machine.
The simplest method to install the latest Linux-Libre kernel is to use the pre-compiled debs by gnufs. They can be found here.
Once you have the two packages downloaded, transfer the files to the Aspire and install them like so:
sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.27-libre-gnufs1.6b_2.6.27-libre-gnufs1.6b-10.00.Custom_i386.deb linux-headers-2.6.27-libre-gnufs1.6b_2.6.27-libre-gnufs1.6b-10.00.Custom_i386.deb
Then restart the laptop. The new kernel will be the default option in grub.
Issue: Using headphones will not automatically mute the speakers
You will need to manually mute FRONT, CENTER, LFE and SIDE. Then raise SURROUND.
Then insert the headphones in the black audio port as normal.
Some More Notes
With the Linux-Libre kernel in place you will have support for pretty much everything. Including hotkeys, special hotkeys, audio and vga-out.
It will not yet however provide support for wireless and suspend/hibernate. I would recommend swapping out the Wireless card for one that is supported by Free Software. The FSF maintains a nice list here.