Kasbah, my old laptop, is almost dead. It was my first laptop, an Asus X50C, which worked like a charm and was robust like a tank. But then the screen hinges broke. Time for a new one.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I'm glad to present you malatesta.

Malatesta is a Lenovo Thinkpad E335. Sadly, while kasbah worked with free drivers, malatesta requires proprietary drivers both for the video card and the wifi. Which sounds a bit ironic for a laptop named after a famous anarchist.

The only two problems I encountered with it were related to the video card (00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Device 9808) and the special keys.

Malatesta worked well with the kernel of Squeeze, but freezed during the boot with Wheezy. Thankfully, I stumbled upon this blogpost by Blars Blarson suggesting to use the fglrx-driver with Sid. And that solved the problem.

Another little odissey was the brightness of the monitor. With kernels < 3.2.0-4-amd64 the thinkpad_acpi didn't recognize my model and I was stuck with a brightness level probably visible from the outer space.

Neither xrandr nor xbacklight could help, and I was seriously considering to use sunglasses to work (a slight unusual approach to the brightness problem, I know, but I suffer of migraines and couldn't bear an hyper-bright monitor), when the upgrade to Sid solved the problem.

On the bright side (pun intended) this laptop was born without Windows. (Both malatesta and kasbah were shipped with FreeDOS).

Now, if you're wondering about the names: my first namescheme was "references to songs by the Clash" (and kasbah is obviously for "Rock the Casbah", with a typo). But it wasn't really scalable.

Since last year, I've decided to name my systems after famous anarchists.

The server is named after one of my all time favourite anarchists, Buenaventura Durruti.

madamezou@durruti:~$ cat /etc/motd

Llevamos un mundo nuevo en nuestros corazones;
y ese mundo está creciendo en este instante

                        Buenaventura Durruti


While the new laptop's name comes from Errico Malatesta.

madamezou@malatesta:~$ cat /etc/motd 

We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people;
We want the people to emancipate themselves.

            Errico Malatesta, L'Agitazione (18 June 1897)