If any of you actually bother to read my blog (no pun intended), then you would have noticed I have tried to get Ubuntu successfully working on my Fujitsu Seimens Esprimo v5535 with the graphics. SiS isn't exactly an award winning company for Linux support, in fact - they probably make Microsoft look good in this light. Countless users in my boat have complained to SiS but no answer, what are we hoping to get in return? Well, only their 3D graphics Linux driver, which has been developed and should be released to the community for developers to expand on for newer Ubuntu versions (in my case anyway), but no. No driver release.
Can Fujitsu help? Certainly not. They actually replied to an email I sent to them about the matter with the following quoted message. I accept the reply and agree that they can't help us all out, but this leaves SiS to do so. I wrote an email to send them but I haven't got as far as being able to find an address or form on their website for technical support.
"Dear Mr. Edmonds,
Whilst we take onboard your situation, Fujitsu do not support Linux on this product and there will not be Linux drivers made available for your product by Fujitsu.
The product is not sold or advertised as supporting Linux based operating systems.
So Fujitsu doesn't support Linux with this laptop, which is completely understandable. But SiS insist that we should contact our manufacturer/vendor for the driver that they have supposedly received, who is in the wrong? Cut a long story short, before you carry on reading, if you are thinking of going to Linux and have SiS hardware (or are looking at computers with SiS hardware), double check that they are supported on the distribution.
Solution in Ubuntu 9.04
This isn't a solution to our problem, there is no 3D driver available for the SiS Mirage 3+ IGP but a 2D driver is available and it's in a handy .deb format for easy install/un-install/re-install. To download it, simply head over to SiS on Linux and download 'xorg-driver-sis671_0.9_i386.deb' if you are like me and have the Mirage 3+ graphics family, be sure to install the .deb and then restart your system. The wireless seem to work out of the box now, which is fantastic! If not, give the restricted hardware driver a go for Aethos - System > Administration > Hardware Drivers.
Edit: GameSpot won't allow the URL to the main website or a dow load site so please visit this thread and use the URL in the 4th and/or 5th post. Remember to back up files and I can't take any responsibility for any data loss or stability problems.
Ubuntu 9.10 Problem
The driver above doesn't work in 9.10, it wont install and if you upgrade your 9.04 installation with that drive rin use, you wont get a GUI. This is because of the changes made between the two releases. There seems to be no solution as of yet, I am still looking though as 9.10 seems to be a great OS. The only problem is, it's kind of hard to enjoy the experience of it in 800x600 with no 3D support.
Don't worry guys, I'm on the lookout for a fix or even a driver from SiS to allow support in 9.10 and maybe, hopefully, 3D support to enable all that cool eye candy. Would be nice to play some Linux games too, right?