Forgot a couple of other things:
Ben's latest kernel have backlight control, including
using <dim/F1> and <bright/F2>.
The internal speaker volume is not contolled by the
master volume, use the spkr volume control in a mixer
like gmix. Plugging in something to external jack
does not mute the internal speaker.
You can play CD's using cdparanoia with the -Z
option and piping it into play, e.g.:
cdparanoia 1- -Z - | play -t wav -
cdparamoia 1- -Z -f - | play -t aiff -
For a GUI CD player, I've posted patches for
xmms-1.2.2 to the linuxpcc-dev and xmms maillists
that fix endiness and macro side-effect problems that
among other things caused the CDDA player plugin to
seg-fault. Note, xmms-1.2.2 drags in a lot of pre-reqs
that cause other problems, and there are still other
problems in xmms and the dmasound driver that need to
be addressed, see my post for details.