Regarding SONY VGN-NR21S, Is it supported? Help needed

Hi everybody!
This is my first post.
I am interested to jump in to the linux world!

I am a 3d/2d Artist student, I’m mainly gonna use linux for maya… (and more programs belove)
This is thought out as weekend computer.

I’m thinking about this setup:
Sony Vaio VGN-NR21S (secondhand) - about 610 USD (5000 SEK)

  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5450 GHz) 1,66
  • 2 GB 667Mhz DDR2
  • 250GB HDD , 5400rpm
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GT GPU


  • Opensuse with Gnome or KDE


  • Maya 2009 - 3d software
  • Gimp - 2d/paint software (alternative Adobe CS4 under wine)
  • Firefox - Webbrowser
  • Thunderbird - Email manager
  • Deluge - Torrent client
  • DC++ Linux - DC client
  • Songbird - Music player
  • VLC - Media player
  • Miro - perhaps as multimedia jukebox
  • Adobe reader

Is it Supported?**
How about it…will it work?
I would like to use the 64bit version.
I can’t find the laptop supported on this page:
HCL/Laptops/Sony - openSUSE

The FN buttons I dont really care about:
Feature Wishlist/Hardware support - openSUSE
but will this be supported in time?

Will wireless, sleepmode, Ethernet work as normal?

I would be very happy if I could get some response!