Here are some steps that I performed after installing Ubuntu 7.04 ("Fiesty Fawn") on a Dell Inspiron 1300. It might work for you, or it might not. It might work on other distributions and/or other machines, and it might not. This is mostly meant as a note for myself, but if you can make any use of it, feel free to do so. Old distros: 6.10, 6.06, 5.10.
By default, Ubuntu doesn't have password enabled for the root account. For security reasons you should enable this immediately after installation (this is not specific for Dell computers; should be done on all Ubuntu installations):
sudo passwd root
The driver for the wireless network card in the Inspiron 1300 doesn't come with a Linux driver, and there is no such to find. Fortunately, the ndiswrapper project makes it possible to use a Windows driver on Linux. They have a great guide on how to make it work on Ubuntu.
Here's how I did it:
sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/Desktop/bcmwl5.inf
sudo ndiswrapper -lShould return something like "bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present".
sudo depmod -aIf there is no error, continue.
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
Most likely you will only be able to select 1024×768 (which isn't a widescreen resolution, so things get all distorted) from the Gnome screen resolution utility. Here is what I did to enable the native resolution 1280×800:
Download and install 915resolution, which is a hack to the Intel graphics chip driver that enables widescreen support:
sudo apt-get install 915resolution
Log out and then back in (or reboot if that's not enough) and you will be in 1280×800 (or you should be able to select it from the screen resolution utility).
Install the package libdvdread3, then perform the following:
sudo sh /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh
The driver comes with an autosetup tool, but it doesn't seem to work on Ubuntu, and the interface isn't very nice. The following steps will enable the printer under the standard Gnome printing tool.
cd cdroot/Linux sudo cp noarch/at_root/etc/sane.d/smfp.conf /etc/sane.d/ sudo mkdir /usr/share/ppd/linuxprinting.org-gs-builtin/ sudo cp noarch/at_opt/share/ppd/CLP-510splc.ppd /usr/share/ppd/linuxprinting.org-gs-builtin/ sudo cp i386/at_root/usr/lib/libmfp.so.1.0.1 /usr/lib/ sudo cp i386/at_root/usr/lib/cups/backend/mfp /usr/lib/cups/backend/ sudo cp i386/at_root/usr/lib/cups/filter/* /usr/lib/cups/filter/
Use this guide to be able to connect to the Internet through a Bluetooth/GPRS enabled mobile phone (not yet tested!).
Set X11Forwarding to yes in /etc/ssh/sshd_config on the server. Install xauth on both client and server. Use ssh -X user@host to connect to the server from the client.
Note: This is not a guide to make things work. This is only a description of how I made things work for me.
You may use it as inspiration for how to make things work for you, but I guarantee nothing. I also cannot guarantee that following the above won't render your system unusable.