The Woodpecker and Robin Modules are capable of running Linux Operating Systems. Please find below some information about distributions we have tested.
Download the CD-image from (http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/ubuntu-cdimage/hardy/) or [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors] and install using the installation wizard.
Download the CD-image from (http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/ubuntu-cdimage/intrepid/) or [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors] and install using the installation wizard
Download the CD-image from (http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/ubuntu-cdimage/jaunty/) or [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors] and install using the installation wizard
To support your own display configuration you will find more information about IEGD generation and configuration here: IEGD
The Intel Embedded Graphics Driver is only tested and validated from Intel for the following distributions:
Older Linux-kernels do not automatically recognize the IDE-drives attached to Woodpecker or Robin. If running from a LiveCD you can manually load the ide-generic module, then the IDE-drives should be recognized:
$ sudo modprobe ide-generic
You also need to ensure that the IDE drive will again be recognized after reboot. The simplest way to do this is to append the "all_generic_ide" option to the kernel parameters in GRUB. Open the GRUB config-file (/boot/grub/menu.lst) and add "all_generic_ide" at the end of the "kernel"-line of the according entry. An example configuration could look like this:
title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-22-generic root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-22-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash **all_generic_ide** initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-22-generic
We got the feedback from some customers that the SSD Disk (which is connected to the US15W by PATA) will not be recognized on some kernels. One Customer was fixing the problem by switching to a newer kernel (for example 2.6.32). More about this issue may be found here:
Harware Graphics Acceleration has not been tested on Linux. The Poulsbo Chipset features the GMA500 Graphics Accelerator. However, the GMA500 is not well supported on Linux at this time. Intel is providing proprietary drivers (IEGD) but these will only work with kernel versions up to 2.6.24.
In some distributions, the PC Speaker produces inappropriate beeping sounds (e.g. when using console bash completion). This is not a problem, but it can be annoying. However, the PC speaker can be turned off completely by unloading the "pcspkr" module:
$ sudo modprobe -r pcspkr
To make this change permanent, you have to prevent the system from loading this module at startup, for example by adding the module to the blacklisted modules list. For Ubuntu, this would be /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf.