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Linux Laptop-HOWTO

Werner Heuser

v2.5, 02 April 2000

Laptops are different from desktops/towers. They use certain hardware such as PCMCIA cards, infrared ports, batteries, docking stations. Often their hardware is more limited (e.g. disk space, CPU speed), though the performance gap is becoming smaller. In many instances, laptops can become a desktop replacement. Hardware support for Linux (and other operating systems) on laptops is sometimes more limited (e.g. graphic chips, internal modems). Laptops often use specialized hardware, hence finding a driver can be more difficult. Laptops are often used in changing environments, so there is a need for multiple configurations and additional security strategies. Though there are laptop related HOWTOs available already, this HOWTO contains a concise survey of laptop related documents. Also, laptop related Linux features, such as installation methods for laptops (via PCMCIA, without CD drive, etc.), laptop hardware features and configurations for different (network) environments are described. Besides there are some notes on PDAs, Handheld PCs and other mobile computer devices (digital cameras, cellular phones, calculators). And though some caveats Linux is a better choice for laptops, than most other operating systems. Because it supports numerous installation methods, works in many heterogenoues environments and needs smaller resources.

1. Preface

2. Copyright, Disclaimer and Trademarks

3. Which Laptop to Buy?

4. Laptop Distribution

5. Installation

6. Hardware In Detail

7. Palmtops, Personal Digital Assistants - PDAs, Handheld PCs - HPCs

8. Cellular Phones, Pagers, Calculators, Digital Cameras, Wearable Computing

9. Accessories

10. Different Environments - On the Road

11. Other Resources

12. Repairing the Hardware

13. Solutions with Laptops

14. Other Operating Systems

15. ToDo

16. Revision History

17. Credits

18. Appendix A - Survey about Micro Linuxes

19. Appendix B - Dealing with Limited Resources or Tuning the System

20. Appendix C - NeoMagic Chip NM20xx

21. Appendix D - Annotated Bibliography

22. Appendix E - Resources for Specific Laptops

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