I am sad to report that I no longer own a Acer Ferrari 4005. And I will no longer be updating these pages. If you want a list of more up to date linux installation page please check out http://tuxmobil.org/acer.html
The more recent version of Ubuntu such as Gutsy have much better support for this laptop. Most of the remaining issues surround the wireless and 3d graphics drivers. Both of these drivers are restricted in some way, and most of the issues surrounding them are due to the makers of the hardware, ATI and Broadcom Instructions for installing the restricted driver can be found: here.
The laptop you own should have nearly 100% functionality in Ubuntu. And those cases where it is missing, there will be instructions to getting it working provided by the community
If you would like to find out more about this laptop and Ubuntu, there is a web page that tracks everything which works and doesn't work in Ubuntu and is upkept by some great volunteers.
For the past few years, I've been using the Ubuntu GNU/Linux operating system almost exclusively. Eventually, I decided that I could try to give back to the community. The first way of doing this was to keep some installation notes for installing the various Ubuntu release onto my Acer Ferrari 4005 laptop.
These are my notes in installing this operating system. Your mileage may vary (YMMV). There are a few other nice folks who help me maintain the Acer Ferrari 4005 Testing page for the Ubuntu Laptop Testing Team, as well as working on a page which contains their installation notes. This laptop is becoming very well supported under Ubuntu. There are only two major issues left to resolve:
- Obtain permission to distribute the firmware for the broadcom wireless device, or somehow find a way to run it completely on open source drivers.
- Get the video card to default to the LCD screen on installation, (Not sure what needs to be done for this one.)
- Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) Coming soon
- Installation notes for Dapper Drake. There are quite a few improvements in this release, most notably, sleeping and hibernation work out of the box. The video and wireless still take a bit of fiddling.
- Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)
- Installation notes for Breezy Badger. Although this release was a marked improvment over Hoary Hedgehog, the Dapper Drake release is amazing, and I recommend that anyone considering Ubuntu To try it.
- Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog)
- Installation notes for Hoary Hedgehog. There are quite a few things that don't work out of the box with this release, I don't recommend using it on this laptop.