I can’t seem to find a definitive answer to how well the intel GMA 3150 graphics card is supported in Linux, past some references to the drivers working (with 3D support) on kernels 2.6.33 onwards.
It WILL work on earlier kernels for what you want, but won’t give full 3D support for games etc.
My suggestion would be to try Ubuntu 10.10, or Linux Mint 10, as both of these have the 2.6.35 kernel… or the latest Ubuntu 10.10 UNE (Universal Netbook Edition)… if for no other reason than you’ll find support easier to come by, and (as with most distro’s) OpenOffice is installed by default… there are quicker distro’s but Ubuntu/Mint are always a good choice for Linux beginners.
You can always test drive them first by installing them to a USB memory stick (LiveUSB)… see here:
(I know it says it’s for 10.04 but it works for 10.10 too)
Download the ISO directly from Ubuntu or Mint, and coninue from step 2 on the Pendrivelinux link… then once created, boot directly from the LiveUSB stick by using the Boot Device Selection screen (usually accessed by hitting the F10 key whilst booting)
If you want to be able to save files, drivers, and configuration changes to the LiveUSB stick, make sure you include a persistence file.
Don’t expect it to run as fast from a LiveUSB as it will from the hard drive… it will be quite a bit slower… but you can test drive it and see if it works OK before installing it to the hard drive.
The rest of your hardware should be OK, I can’t seem to discover which wireless card is used but I’m guessing it will be a Broadcom BCM43xx chip… this just requires that you enable the “Partner” repositories, and then install the b43-fwcutter package… if you need instructions, just ask
Another option for test driving Ubuntu would be to download the WUBI installer (or run it directly from an Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB):
This will install Ubuntu in a folder inside Windows… it can be removed through the Windows “Add/Remove Programs” control panel app… this will allow you to choose whether to boot into Ubuntu or Windows at boot time.
Linux Mint also has a Windows installer included on the LiveCD/LiveUSB called Mint4Win… that does the same thing… just fire it up from within Windows.
Again, once you’re sure it all works, you can then install Ubuntu from a LiveUSB and get rid of Windows completely… if you want.
Or you could try PCLinuxOS 2010.12 as this uses the 2.6.33 kernel… see here: