thanks to the Debian backports team

So I got this new HP laptop, Probook 4530s, and installed Debian 6 (Squeeze) on it. I was left sitting with two unbearable problems:

  • The touchpad wasn't fully operational (GNOME Mouse Preferences didn't have a Touchpad tab where I could change the settings).
  • The video driver seemed to have a problem according to the output of xvinfo (no adaptors present).

I curiously looked at the backports, and found Linux kernel 2.6.38 (Squeeze has 2.6.32). I didn't expect much from it, but installed it anyway (I heard that it has improved desktop responsiveness). I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fixed the above two problems. Loveliness.

On another note, I found that Mercurial 1.8 also has a backport. This is great news because I have repositories I created with that version and the format is incompatible with Squeeze's 1.6.