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
  • Specialist 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While this is a great resource, it does tend to get out of date. The individual pages are not housed centrally, but rely on individuals own web sites, which means they regularly get out of date or disappear.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.