Improved laptop support in d-i?
By default, d-i will detect the precense of PCMCIA/PCCARD support and
install the pcmcia-cs package. Almost all machines with PCMCIA
support are laptops, and we should consider installing a few more
extra packacages for these machines.
In Debian-Edu, we install pcmcia-cs and apmd by default when PCMCIA is
I suspect d-i would be better for laptop users if it installed apmd as
well. Perhaps ifplugd and noflushd are good packages to install as
apmd - Utilities for Advanced Power Management (APM)
ifplugd - A configuration daemon for ethernet devices
noflushd - allow idle hard disks to spin down
sleepd - puts a laptop to sleep during inactivity
There are also some HW-dependent packages which could be installed as
well. This might be better left to discover 2, where progeny was
discussing adding support for mapping from HW to debian packages.
i810switch - Enables/disables video output to CRT/LCD on i810 video hardware
i8kutils - Dell Inspiron and Latitude laptop utilities
toshutils - Toshiba laptop utilities
tpctl - IBM ThinkPad hardware configuration tools
lphdisk - prepares hibernation partition for Phoenix NoteBIOS
sjog - A program to use the "Jog Dial" on Sony Vaio Laptops
spicctrl - Sony Vaio controller program to set LCD backlight brightness
It might also be a good idea to use noatime by default on laptops, to
reduce the disc acctivity and increase the chance of spinning the HD
Anyone with opinions?