First of all I want to thank Voria for this really incredibly useful forum and the tremendous work he is doing for improving the Linux experience on Samsung netbooks etc.
I bought a Samsung N148 netbook for a few specific reasons. I trust the Samsung brand which has very good after sales service here in Kolkata, India. I wanted a cheap but well built no frills netbook for simple tasks, like reading ebooks, websurfing, chatting, watching ripped movies and listening to MP3s. I did not want any preinstalled OS like Windows XP or Windows 7 because that would only add to the cost and I don't think they are suitable for netbooks. I looked around a bit and found the N148 to be the one I liked.
I installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic on my N148 and it ran pretty well except of course the Fn buttons mentioned in this forum. I didn't need most of the Fn functions except the brightness control buttons Fn + up and Fn + dn which are really essential to me. To make them work I installed the PPA as instructed and after the kernel update I think everything works fine
. This is really amazing. Thank you for the help I have received from this forum. If there are any recommendations to improve my experience on this netbook, please do let me know.