If you have used Ubuntu on a netbook with Intel GMA 500, you would have noticed that GMA 500 support is not very good. GMA 500 is supported in some earlier versions of Ubuntu but in Lucid Lynx it is supported only experimentally; and that too not out of the box. You have to install it manually but it is not a simple and straight forward process as installing other drivers.
lucazade from Ubuntu Forum has built a live CD of Ubuntu 10.04 which supports GMA 500 out-of-the-box. He said that he has tested it in Acer Ao751h, Asus 1101HA, Asus 1201HA, Asus 91MT, Dell Mini 12, Fujitsu u820, Sony Vaio X, Vaio P.
However, there are still a few issues like –
- Flash broken in full screen
- Compiz is broken
On a positive note though, he has mentioned that battery life is improved with GMA 500 support.
So, if you want to give it a go, download links are given below.