Originally Posted by jamesshuang
Good luck, I hear there's big issues with getting speedstepping and ACPI (and just about everything that makes centrino special) working in linux... I'll be fiddling with it myself soon. Post results here!
ACPI worked out of the box on my 8600, and there's even a i8k interface built into the kernel (compile it as a module, but you'll have to add the 'force=1' command to the end of the module load command, since it doesn't recognize the 8600, not 100% sure on the 700m tho).
Speedstep was also a snap to get working, I just installed cpudynd and it workes like a charm. Keeps your speed low until you need it, then kicks it up.
The hardest part on the 8600 was the modelines for the video, but if you look around on tuxmobile.com & linux-on-laptops.com you'll find the info you need to set up your screen (there are also links to many installs on different dells on both sites, so you should find someone with a similar config to yours and have examples as to what the settings should be).
I'd also suggest Fedora Core 3 Test 3 (that's what I'm running). Works well so far with the exception of the xorg updates from a few days ago (I won't install those again, breaks nvidia video support badly).