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Linux runs fine on the Acer Aspire S5… Provided you set the SATA controller to AHCI in the BIOS.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a display corruption issue with this laptop (specifically, the Intel HD 4000 graphics) in versions of the Linux kernel prior to 3.7. The workaround for this problem (if you can't upgrade your kernel just yet) is to put the laptop to sleep (close the lid) and then wake it back up.
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|Name||Acer Aspire S5-391|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-3517U/i7-3667U processor (4 MB L3 cache, 1.90/2.0 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.0/3.10 GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U/i5-3427U processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.70/1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60/2.80)
|Screen||13.3” HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD|
|RAM||Up to 4 GB|
|HDD||128 / 256 GB SSD|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n
|Screen||OK||May need to add 'acpi_backlight=vendor' to kernel boot line for backlight control depending on distro|
|HDD||OK||Set SATA controller to AHCI in BIOS|
|Graphics Chip||OK||See notes about display corruption workaround|
|VGA Out||OK||Works fine with included HDMI-to-VGA adapter|
|Bluetooth||Not Working||Needs firmware (apparently)|
|TouchPad||OK||Install touchegg for complete four-finger gesture support|
|Thunderbolt||OK||Only works if a Thunderbolt device was plugged in at boot (coldplug). Hotplug support should be fixed (eventually) in a newer kernel. Patches are available for the adventurous.|
Press F2 at boot to enter the BIOS
For Linux to properly detect the dual mSATA SSD hard drives you need to set the SATA controller to AHCI mode in the BIOS. It is also recommended that you enable the boot menu (F12) while you're there.
DISPLAY CORRUPTION WORKAROUND: Some versions of the Linux kernel prior to 3.7 experience display corruption after booting up. This can be worked around by putting the laptop to sleep and then waking it back up. This workaround will only be necessary until distros get upgraded kernels (or backported fixes). Note that you only need to do the sleep/wake thing *once* after boot. The display will work properly from there on out.
A few quirky things but overall the laptop works well.