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Overall, the Sony VAIO FX/FXA series are very fine machines for Linux. The machine described is a VAIO FX405, which isn't much different to current FX80x models, except for CPU speed and harddisk size.

Device Description Linux status  
CPU AMD Athlon4 1000MHz Ok (including PowerNow!)  
RAM 256MB (2x128)/100MHz FSB Ok  
Chipset Via Apollo Pro KT133 Ok  
VGA ATI Rage Mobile M1 (Mach64 based), 8MB TV out works, 3D acceleration
is work in progress
Mouse Alps Touchpad Ok (scrolling only with Kernel 2.6)  
Network Realtek 8139C 10/100MBit Ok  
CD-ROM Matsushita UJDA710 24xCD, 8xCD-R, 4xCD-RW, 8xDVD-ROM Ok, but no region crack  
Sound VIA 686 AC97 Ok  
USB VIA 686 Ok  
Firewire Texas Instruments 1394 Controller Ok  
PCMCIA Texas Instruments 1420 Ok  
Modem Onboard AC97 Ok  
Other external interfaces 1xSerial, 1xParallel, VGA Ok  
Display 15" TFT, 1024x768 Ok  
Battery 1x1700mAh, second slot contains floppy drive Ok  
Power Management APM, ACPI, Software Suspend APM and ACPI suspend is broken, Software Suspend works great!