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Linux/*nix/Free* on Laptops v2
Slace 
4/4/04 1:24:43 AM
Overlord

found this program installed with KDE 3.0 (yeah i'm a bit behind the times still :P) called KLaptop, its a deamon running from the system tray and its exactally what any laptop user should have. Its a simple program that shows battery status, AND (the sweet part) gives you good control over PCMCIA cards, you can easily stop/ start them. Duno why I hadn't seen it before but its damn sweet

http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=9049 has some info on it

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RoboRat 
4/4/04 10:15:45 PM
Charge
Here's mine:
HP ZT3011 Centrino
Intel Pentium-M
512MB DDR 2100
40 GB 4200 HD
Radeon 9200
Intel IPW2100 wireless

Default Fedora is not good for this laptop. Fan's going full speed. Upgraded to kernel 2.6.4 and everything's sweet. Speedstep rocks. WLAN works with the 0.39 intel driver (with WEP off). Buggy 0.40 driver is out with WEP support, but /me does not appreciate reboots.

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P4 2.4B B0 @ 2.88G, GA-8IGX, Tt Spark 7, Kingston PC2700 512MB, Audigy Plat EX, Leadtek Ti4200 128 ViVo; AXP TbredB 2100+ @ 2.3GHz, Tt V9, KT7-RAID, 512MB PC133, SB Live 5.1, Leadtek GF2MX; Duron 700 @ 933, Asrock K7VM2, Tt Super Orb, El Cheapo PC133 384M

Spent 
7/4/04 8:21:08 AM
Master

HP OmniBook
PII 366
128 mb ram
12 gig HDD
Xircom 10/100 PCMCIA NIC

Running mandrake 9.0 with no problems

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mcbridematt 
9/4/04 8:54:34 PM
Champion

updated.

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mrhate 
5/5/04 3:52:29 PM
Disciple

My new laptop (yes it's still an oldy, but better than my Toshiba that's on this thread at the moment :P)

IBM ThinkPad T20
CPU: P3 700Mhz
RAM: 128mb
HDD: 12gb (4gb ext2 partition, 256mb swap and the remainder NTFS)
ETC: 10/100 Intel pro network adaptor, S3 Savage display adaptor, Crystal Sound soundcard.
DISTRO: Mandrake 9.2 - 2.4.22 kernel

Installing Mandrake on my new Thinkpad has been the best Linux experience so far (besides booting up Knoppix). The only thing that wasn't detected and auto config'd was the sound. All I did was set the proper sound module in kmix and it ran fine. I also had to append "ShadowStatus" into my XF86Config-4 file for X to run properly without crashing.

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b!shop 
9/5/04 6:38:22 PM
Serf

Here's my lapthing

Fujitsu E4010
CPU: Pentium M 1.4Ghz Centrino
RAM: 256mb
HDD: 40gb
NETWORK: 10/100 Intel pro network adaptor + IPW2100B wifi (working using ndiswrapper)
ETC: Intel Integrated Video Adapter, AC97' Modem, ICH Sound, 15" LCD
DISTRO: Debian rc1 'woody' Unstable - 2.6.5 kernel

Running real well, no problems at all. Can't tell the difference between stable and unstable. But can tell the difference with ext2 to ext3 partition changes. ACPI running well, except for suspend to RAM. USB is still work in progress, havn't compiled the kernel for the 99th time today yet.. also for those who want to make their Wireless Centrino work, get a new kernel and look up ndiswrapper.

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Redhatter 
9/5/04 11:11:29 PM
Overlord

I've had a look at the Wiki and done some housekeeping... The laptops are sorted by manufacturer now... (the original page is still there, with some updates reguarding my current laptop's Yamaha soundcard). You'll also notice I've put up the details from mrhate and b!shop reguarding their laptops.

If you notice an 'edited by 202.47.55.78', that's me... :-D (the signin didn't want to work for me)

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mcbridematt 
15/5/04 7:24:49 PM
Champion

thanks Redhatter. Your contribution is well appreciated. The atomiclaptops wiki appears has quite a few bugs around and I'll try and fix them (I might change to MediaWiki, which is what wikipedia uses).

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setagllib 
15/6/04 12:32:11 AM
Banned

I may as well write up guides to FreeBSD on my two laptops, the old Latitude I already wrote a guide for, and the new Inspiron.

-Install FreeBSD 4.10
-CVSup to -STABLE
-Build world and kernel
-It Just Works

-CURRENT is a bit edgier, not really worth it at the moment (performance degraded relative to -STABLE), but when 5-STABLE hits it will be orgasmically hardcore.

In a while I will also provide kernel config and dmesg output if deemed relevant.

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Ports I updated: net/amsn
...contributed: sysutils/stress
...wrote: security/lep
This mind intentionally left blank

Slace 
15/6/04 11:12:03 AM
Champion

what's the pcmcia support in freebsd like setagllib?

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setagllib 
17/6/04 12:09:58 AM
Banned

It Just Works.

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Cheeky's Hero
Ports I updated: net/amsn
...contributed: sysutils/stress
...wrote: security/lep
This mind intentionally left blank

zephyr 
14/7/04 1:29:20 PM
Hero
Guru


Well, back from the US, new notebook in tow ($850 US from Best Buy)

Compaq Presario 2199US
Althon XP-M 2800+ @2.12 GHz
512Mb DDR RAM
40Gb HDD
DVD/CDRW Combo
ATi Radeon Mobility chipset
10/100Mbit network on board (detects as DP83815 MacPhyter)
AC97 winmodem (detected, dunno if it works)
NetGear WG511 54g wireless card (PrismGT chipset)
Distro: SuSE 9.1

Unfortunately, my work means I need to use Linux, otherwise I'd have FreeBSD on this baby.

Having said that, I was very impressed with SuSE, just about everything fully supported from the install. X settings were detected and configured nicely. Touchpad worked although i needed to change the driver to support tap-to-click functionality.

Only fiddling was i needed to run a script to download the firmware for the 54g card, and download updated xine RPMs to support DVD under Kaffeine (they don't distribute with deCSS support).

Runs perfectly, ACPI and powersaved work a treat, throttling the proc down when it's on battery, battery life is almost as good as windows.

I enabled suspend-to-disk (ie hibernate) and it seems to work fine, which means i can close the lid, open it up and pick up where i left off. Only complaint is that you go through a full boot process before the machine will load the state from disk, when compared to windows, a resume from hibernate is as fast, if not faster than a cold boot. I'm sure Linux will catch up though.


Edited by zephyr: 14/7/2004 1:30:15 PM

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OdysseusAU 
9/8/04 8:26:34 PM
Initiate
IBM T42
Intel Pentium M 1.7gHz
ATI Radeon M 7500 w/ 15" TFT
512MB DDR
40GB HDD
DVD/CD-RW Combo
Intel 2200BG 802.11b/g nic (Haven't configured yet).
Intel Pro 1000 GigE (Detected as 82540EP Gigabit Ethernet)
Generic 56k (internal)
Generic AC'97 (ICH4) Soundcard

Distro: FC2

Yes, I am only getting back into linux.
Say what you will, but I enjoy using Fedora.

No problems yet, only thing (as one must expect) is the driver for the wireless nic. Intel released its latest driver back in June, but I haven't had time to worry about it yet.
Organising a WRT54G in the next week or two to start playing around with b/g.

Regards,

OdysseusAU


Edited by OdysseusAU: 15/8/2004 8:15:16 PM

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über-Bantumi 
7/9/04 1:24:36 PM
Guru

my laptop is pretty shocking for power on Linux, but it runs fine.

Toshiba TE2100
Centrino 1.6
512mb Corsair Value
30gb hitachi hdd
GeForce 420 Go
X-Micro PCMCIA/DLink G520/Minitar USB 54G wifi

Runs RedHat 8.0/WinXP Pro on dual boot

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meh

[playerone] 
14/10/04 1:08:22 PM
Journeyman

Thought i would add my two:

Fujitsu c2210
Pentium 4M 2GHz
512 MB RAM
40GB HDD
ATI IGP 340m
WiFi builtin Prism 2
AC'97 sound
Modem doesnt work (some lucent POS)
USB 2
DVD burner

Debian Sid (unstable) installed using netinst cd, works brilliantly. (i have this installed full time now)

Mandrake 9/9.2/10 Works fine, Installs super easy. First Distro i used on this machine as it was the only one that detected everything ok and actually ran the GUI first time. These days i dont need that luxury and can manually edit the setting of X as i know what they should be.

Fedora core 2 Install ok, Works fine. Some problems with network setup like detecting wrong ifaces etc... manual edit required. IIRC had to use generic vga driver.

No hassles with it at all these days, has wierd resolution 1400x1050 so some distro's require using a generic vga driver first then manual editing of the X config. Also Graphics are only 2d accel. But work very well for that.
ACPI works... damnit EVERYTHING works! (modem excluded) in debian some modconf'ing is required. (enabling acpi etc..)

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HP nc6000

Pentium M 1.6GHz
786MB RAM
40GB HDD (very easily swappable i have several disks)
ATI Mobillity 9600
Gigabit ethernet
PCMCIA WiFi using prism 2/orinoco/hermes
Another shite modem that doesnt work.
DVD combo drive (dvd reads cd burns)

Debian Sid (unstable) Netinst detects everything perfect, older DVD or CD installs dont get the wireless properly. Everything works fine. Manual modconf'ing again required for acpi etc...

Mandrake 9/9.2/10 Problems with drivers and network adapters. 10 specifically has major issues with my dodgy PCMCIA cards. (detects wrong thing and similar probs)

Fedora core 2 Same as Mandrake PCMCIA wireless cards fsck up the install. Didnt try too hard as i dislike fedora.

Generally very good, only gets a 1280x1024 res. but thats ok. Debian is near perfect with this laptop. Again only 2d accel. for graphics but thats fine for me, i believe they are working on mobile ati drivers.


Both of these run 2.6 series kernels no matter what distro.

The Fuj is the better by far for niceness and easy setup. but the HP has quick access HDD for using heaps of different systems easily.

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mcbridematt 
17/10/04 6:54:57 PM
Champion

Updated. hmm.. wiki seems down, I might replace it with MediaWiki (same one as on Wikipedia.org).

I'll only be updating this thread once every two submissions now, until probably the start of the holidays.

Oh, on these ones I've also included kernel drivers in brackets.

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Redhatter 
23/10/04 8:06:41 PM
Champion

mcbridematt: You still got the database/page dumps for that wiki? I can chuck it up on my wiki site here under the Unix, Linux and Opensource section.

I'm already doing one on RISC architectures, specifically MIPS machines -- as that's what I'm most familiar with (except x86 which is of course, CISC, not RISC).

Specifically, I've got a space for it right here:
http://atomicdoc.hopto.org/index.php/ULOS/Hardware/Laptops

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mcbridematt 
24/10/04 10:45:14 PM
Champion

Yep, I do. I don't need any hosting at the moment for it, but I intend to convert the wiki to MediaWiki or something else (phpWiki gives me the shits on both the installs I have running on that server).

I can give a copy of the DB if you want, as the wiki might be down for some time as I install new wiki software and port the content over. Wouldn't mind having a mirror at all.

BTW I'd love to see your work for Linux for Linux on MIPS/RISC . I might try and get a Cobalt Qube/RaQ 2 (the MIPS ones, not x86) and see if I can hack Linux 2.6 to work on there. I don't trust x86 to route my voice packets for some reason.

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Redhatter 
26/10/04 11:56:10 PM
Champion

mcbridematt: Fair enough... On the wiki, just email me either the snapshot of the wiki (as a .zip) or if you use MySQL, you can dump me the output from phpMyAdmin export/mysqldump and I'll throw it up here.

On the point of the Cobalt servers, the two best distros for these boxes is Debian/MIPSel and Gentoo/MIPSel.

I've put a guide up on the wiki here... since it's OT for this thread. See http://atomicdoc.hopto.org/index.php/ULOS/Hardware/RISC/MIPS/Cobalt

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Atomic Linux: http://atomicl.berlios.de
"I haven't lost my mind
it's backed up on a tape somewhere..."

ADP is up again -- http://atomicdoc.hopto.org
mcbridematt 
27/10/04 12:35:47 AM
Champion

Check your mail Redhatter, just emailed it to you. Hopefully my email client (trialing Aethera+Citadel at the moment) didn't eat some SQL syntax like it does sometimes.

As for the OT on Cobalt: Nice info page. Now the only problem is obtaining one of the damn things, plenty of them on ebay months ago, now they all disappeared. The guys from the Cobalt UG in Japan must of borged as many as they could find. I've added some links on that page.

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