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Linux Laptop System Configuration
The following are reference materials concerning the use of Linux on laptop and notebook computers that are not generally specific to a particular make or model. These include some tools that have uses beyond laptops, but are of particular interest to laptop users.
This tutorial can help make a laptop keyboard more useful and comfortable by making good use of the otherwise useless Windows and Menu keys as virtual mouse buttons.
You can map just about anything possible to the <Win95> and <Start> keys. This document describes how to modify the Linux and X Window System keytables to suit your purpose.
This set of control panels for the K Desktop Environment implements laptop computer support functions, including a battery status monitor, and a warning when power is getting low, and a configuration tool for power saving options.
Xfiles is an interactive program that can be used to keep your laptop file tree up to date with another machine, such as your desktop Linux box or a file tree on a server. It's also useful as an alternative backup strategy.
A database of XF86Config files for several notebook computers available on the Japanese market.
This site contains a small repository of XF86Config files for numerous notebooks, particularly those using the Cirrus Logic 7543 and 7548 chipsets.
Power Management and Suspend
The Linux Advanced Power Management Daemon (APMD) distribution is a set of programs that controls the Advanced Power Management system found in most modern laptop computers.
lphdisk is a Linux utility to format hibernation partitions for use with the APM Suspend-To-Disk features on laptops with Phoenix NoteBIOS.
This is a drop-in replacement for the standard "update" daemon that is specially tailored for notebooks to reduce unnecessary hard disk spin-ups.
Booker C. Bense has hacked the rclock program to include a simple battery power meter on the clock face.
A battery level status checker for Linux and X. The latest version requires Xforms and the apmd utilities.
Infrared Communications Devices
This utility lets you boot Linux with one of several different network configurations and environment settings.
QuickSwitch is a utility that lets Linux/Unix laptop users create and use roaming network profiles.
A version of Mobile IP is now available for Linux and Solaris. This package allows a portable computer access to the Internet from different networks without changing its IP address.
Another implementation of the Mobile IP concept, Dynamics, developed at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), is a scalable, dynamical and hierarchical Mobile IP software for Linux operating system.
This ethernet adaptor uses a parallel port and delivers approximately 110kBytes/s performance for those notebooks that do not have PCMCIA slots.
USB, RS232, Parallel Ports, and Video Ports
Since many notebooks may be limited in their expandability, using the parallel port is an attractive option. This site contains information about the efforts to write device drivers for many popular parallel port hardware devices.
Touchpads, Touchscreens, and Pens
This document describes a new device driver for using the touchscreen on certain Lifebook models of Fujitsu notebooks.
The Linux Trackpoint Utilities is a user mode driver / daemon for IBM TrackPoint devices that makes advanced TrackPoint features available under the Linux operating system.
The latest version of the Linux Compaq Concerto Pen Driver is available from its author's home page.
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