People like either laptops or desktops. I like to work with laptops rather than with desktops. I like Linux too. My first HOWTO was the
Linux/IR-HOWTO about infrared support for Linux. My second is this one and my third the Ecology-HOWTO, about some ways to use Linux in an ecology aware manner.
This HOWTO is free of charge and free in the sense of the General Public Licence - GPL. Though it requires much work and could gain more quality if I would have some more hardware. So if you have a spare laptop, even an old one or one which requires repair, please let me know. Especially I need one with infrared port, USB port, DVD drive, WinModem and a non Intel machine. The according chapters need a major rewrite. For the curious, this HOWTO is written on a
HP OmniBook 800CT 5/100.
Translations into Japanese (Ryoichi Sato <firstname.lastname@example.org>), Italian (Alessandro Grillo <Alessandro_Grillo@tivoli.com>), Portuguese (Gledson Evers <email@example.com> the translation will be announced at
LinuxALL) and Greek (Vassilis Rizopoulos <firstname.lastname@example.org>) are under construction.
Please contact me before starting a translation to avoid double work. Since a translation is a great amount of work, I recommend to do this work as a group.
Nearly all of the programms I mention are available as
Debian/GNU Linux packages, or as RPM packages, look up your favorite RPM server, for instance
The latest version of this document is available in different formats at
This document isn't ready yet. If you like to write a chapter or even a smaller part by yourself, please feel free to contact me. Also your suggestions and recommendations and critics are welcome. But please don't expect me to solve your laptop related problems if the solution is already documented. Please read all according manual pages, HOWTOs and WWW sites first, than you may consider to contact me or the other resources mentioned below.
Since I want to write much more stuff about mobile computing and Linux I'm thinking about turning this HOWTO into a book.