I’ve been trying FC5 on my laptop to see if it fixes any of the software and libraries that were keeping me from running the latest stuff on Ubuntu. I found that it does fix a lot of libraries and also fixes the Intel 855 video driver issue that I was having and now my cards able to be accessed via DRI and OpenGL actually works. Anyways, here’s my summary of FC5 installation:
1. Get the 855resolution from yum or apt or source and install it.
2. Add this line to your /etc/rc.local file:
/usr/sbin/855resolution 7e 1280 800
3. Download the Intel Pro wireless firmware version 2.4 from this website: http://ipw2200.sf.net. There is a firmware link at the top. And you MUST use the 2.4 firmware.
4. Un-tar this into /lib/firmware
This should be everything you need to do in order to get the widescreen resolution to work and the wireless to work. You still need to configure the wireless setup in the System > Administration > Network application. You will need to create a new device configuration that is a wireless configuration. You will also need to ensure that the firmware was loaded correctly by looking at the “Hardware” tab. The IPW should be listed as a wireless device and not a wired (ethernet) device.
If you get totally sick of yum, because it totally sucks, I would install apt. There is a summary of how to do this here: