Vector a laptop specific distro? Sounds good to me :-D
A touchpad always needs configuring in xorg.conf. This is not a technical issue, but a legal one.
* Is this free software?
Yes, the source code is released under the GNU General Public
* When will the driver be included in the XOrg distribution?
This is unlikely to happen because of copyright issues. Although
the GPL license is compatible with the license used by the XOrg X
server, the XOrg project doesn't want to include GPL code in their
source code, because it would effectively make the whole XOrg
project GPL. The synaptics license can't be changed unless all
copyright holders agree to change the license, but previous
attempts to find all copyright holders for the synaptics source
code have failed.
So unfortunately, the best we can currently hope for is that the
synaptics driver is included as a separate package by the major
That said, luckily configuring a touchpad is easy. And as the driver is GPL, one might just include the settings in xorg.conf, but commented out. As far as I can tell, the Xorg copyright permits modification and redistribution in source and binary. You might want to check that if you're serious about doing this. (Dunno about the other touchpad manufacturers though)
Wireless is the bigger problem. And something I really don't understand. Maybe that I'm just not 'getting it'. [rant]I don't run Mandriva for several reasons, but! the LifeCD picks up my rt2500 perfectly. Once installed to HD, my wireless is dead as ever. As always. Dead. I spend hours, if not days in pure almost solid frustration. Grrrr... Nurse! I need to lie down again[/rant]
Anyway, you'd be raising expectations about wireless, when you advertise Vector as 'build for lappies'. You'd be needing someone who knows his/her wireless. Dunno, is there a wireless expert in the house?
About the power settings. They seem to vary a little with the lappies hardware(??). I'm not really sure about the causes and origins of different laptop behavior.
Anyway, no distro has ever guessed the correct settings for my lappy, and the transition to 2.6 kernel has made the matter ever more elaborate. That's neither here nor there though. I know which settings I need to feed to the kernel in order to have it work. I'm actually more comfortable doing this manually.
I don't use suspend though. The machine is either 'on' or 'off' as far as I'm concerned.
So yeah... It sounds like a good idea. But is it worth the effort? Main trouble is auto recognized ACPI settings and wireless. Touchpad magic is easily solved, and the graphics cards aren't lappy-specific(or are they?). Vector already _is_ a good distro to run on a laptop. Fast and light, yet as complete as you'd want a default install to be.
Maybe add some 'out of the box' bluetooth functionality?