Didn't go very well. I installed Kubuntu 10.04 from the alternate CD. Installation went fine and all the hardware worked, wireless, ethernet, vga and such. However, there seems to be a problem with the thinkpad-acpi driver, it says unsupported modell. The result was that the fan was constantly running
My guess is that the SL510 needs a different acpi driver since the firmware isn't the usual thinkpad stuff, it might even be worth a shot to try Kubuntu 10.10 beta, wich has a newer kernel and might support the acpi-hardware.
That's the cost of recent hardware, i guess.
It's not really the cost of recent hardware as much as it is the cost of the SL series.
The SL series don't use the real ThinkPad BIOS. Instead, they use the IdeaPad BIOS. This means that thinkpad-acpi doesn't support them (since, as far as the software is concerned, it's not actually a ThinkPad.) That said, thinkpad-acpi does have experimental support for the SL series, but IIRC it's only available in newer versions. (I have never used said support, as I don't have an SL series machine to play with.)
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