Linux on Laptops

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Running Linux on the average desktop PC these days isn't too taxing, but laptops can be a different matter, for several reasons:

  • Fixed Hardware - You can't swap components readily if they don't work well under Linux.
  • Customised chips - Many of the chipsets used are slightly different, usually to accomodate special features or low power use. Sometimes the differences can mean the difference between devices working or not working under Linux
  • Special features - Power saving is the biggest area here, and how to deal with power management features.

the aim of this site is to provide a place where people can add their own experiences of particular laptop models, outline any problems, and provide a resource for people choosing a laptop, or trying to sort out a specific problem. To this end, there will be useful HOWTO features, and a List of Laptops organised by manufacturer.


Mini FAQ

  • What about the Linux on Laptops Website?

While this is a great resource, it does tend to get out of date. The individual pages are not housed centrally, but rely on individuals own web sites, which means they regularly get out of date or disappear. With our Wiki system, the pages will be housed here on the server, and if the author can't be bothered keeping up to date, then other visitors can. Also note that this site can work in conjunction with the excellent Linux on laptops site, by providing a repository for the model specific pages.

  • And don't forget that your manufacturer may provide some information or support

http://newsletter.toshiba-tro.de/main/index.html is a particularly good place to start for Toshiba laptops.

I just bought an ACER TravelMate 2450 laptop and installed dual boot PClinuxOS93p (big daddy) and winXPpro. It works great. I used ndiswrapper to install the winXP driver (located at Acer website) for the wireless card and works fine. I downloaded the linux video driver from the ATI website and installed with their instructions an now 1280x800 resolution. I like this distro as you can accomplish all tasks with GUI. It has a very good "device manager".

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