As I posted earlier the Multimedia keys on the Vaio work quite nicely with Gnome apps like Rhythmbox. It's just that I prefer songbird. And while moving a server to a new pair of disks a little music is more than welcome. So let's rock and roll.
Only thing the multimedia keys don't work. Bugger. Songbird seems to ignore the gnome keybindings. The MMKeys add-on only seems to work on Linux. I didn't have the nerve to look into it yet. But there seems no easy way to bind keys to actions in Songbird.
A little annoying.