I remember the good old days when I had to struggle with Red Hat Linux 7.2 just to get my Ethernet card working. Getting X to start was a entirely different ballgame. These days, having Fedora working out of the box on pretty much any hardware I boot it on is just routine but the expectations have risen and little niggles that I wouldn’t consider a problem before bother me now. One of those trivial items was the mute button in my office ThinkPad X200 not working in Fedora 14. I talked to Matthew Garett on #fedora-desktop in gimpnet and he requested me to file a bug report and assign it to him but it turned out this problem was already reported upstream. This is a long standing problem and has even been noted in the RHEL 6 technical notes. I searched and found a boot option but it has a undesirable side effect of increasing power consumption in the laptop. The trade off wasn’t worth it and I moved on.
I have been running Rawhide and more recently the Fedora 15 development branch for quite sometime and recently noticed that the mute button works! Apparently a kernel update fixes this problem due to a series of patches merged upstream. I have no more hardware issues to complain about. Muted