Linux for Your Laptop

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Laptops present unique challenges for Linux users. They use additional hardware and drivers, are used in changing environments, and require special security strategies. Linux for Your Laptop takes on these challenges and gives you hints for selecting the best notebook for your needs, successfully installing Linux on your laptop, optimizing Linux performance, and troubleshooting problems that occur on the road. For the intermediate Linux user, this book is geared toward people who are familiar with Linux software ...
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Overview

Laptops present unique challenges for Linux users. They use additional hardware and drivers, are used in changing environments, and require special security strategies. Linux for Your Laptop takes on these challenges and gives you hints for selecting the best notebook for your needs, successfully installing Linux on your laptop, optimizing Linux performance, and troubleshooting problems that occur on the road. For the intermediate Linux user, this book is geared toward people who are familiar with Linux software because they use it on their desktops, but who are facing the challenge of running it smoothly on their laptop computers. It will be a valuable tool for companies and individuals alike.
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Impress your fellow airline passengers — and get some actual work done, too! Lots of folks talk about it: now you can actually put Linux on your laptop and live to tell the tale. (If it was always easy, it wouldn't be so cool.)

Bill Ball takes you on a journey through configuring oddball notebook display chipsets; then walks you step-by-step through setting up PC Card support for that modem or NIC. There's a full chapter on extending the life of your battery, and another on Advanced Power Management. (The latter walks you through the essential task of building a new APM-enabled kernel, but first make sure you've got an APM-compatible BIOS, or else your new kernel will crash instantly on bootup!)

You'll find chapters on networking, including wireless networking and remote access; and thorough coverage of file synchronization between notebooks, desktops, and Palm PDAs. (You'll be surprised how well Linux distributions support Palms now, but then, 3Com did publish Palm's software internals for open-sourcers like Kenneth Albanowski to leverage.)

There's coverage of printing and backup from the road, and even Linux games (for when your flight's been canceled and you're sitting in the airport). Last but not least, there's also an invaluable miniature "bootable business card" CD-ROM full of rescue and recovery tools for that awful day when your Linux notebook doesn't boot.
Bill Camarda, bn.com editor

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Aiming for comprehensiveness, this guide provides step-by-step directions to guide users in the intricacies of installing and configuring Linux for the notebook computer. Linuxcare bootable business card for Intel-based Linux systems includes a bootable rescue disk, recovery disk, files to create a Linux boot diskette, diagnostics and testing tools, and other features. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761528166
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 467
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Ball is the author of a number of bestselling books about Linux. He has been using Linux since kernel version 0.99 and is an advocate of the Open-Source movement. He is a member of the Northern Virginia Linux Users Group (NOVALUG).
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Table of Contents

Introduction xxv
Part I Putting Linux on Your Notebook 1
Chapter 1 Choosing a Notebook for Linux 3
Matching Your Needs 4
Who Makes Notebooks? 8
The Ideal Linux Laptop 10
Resource Information 16
Chapter 2 Taking Inventory 19
Type of CPU 20
Your Notebook's Display 23
X11 Configuration Utilities 27
Your Notebook's Sound System 27
Your Notebook's Keyboard 31
Your Notebook's Pointer 34
Your Notebook's Memory 40
Your Notebook's Hard Drive 42
Your Notebook's CD-ROM 47
The Parallel Port 48
The PCMCIA Port 50
Serial Ports 55
Internal Modems 56
External Monitor Port 59
Infrared Port 60
Universal Serial Bus 63
IEEE 1394 (FireWire) 63
Your Notebook's Battery 65
Docking Stations 66
Resource Information 66
Chapter 3 Basic Installation Preliminaries 71
Defining Workstations and Servers 72
Workstation and Server Requirements 81
Choosing a Boot Method 83
Boot Loaders and Pitfalls 87
Resource Information 88
Chapter 4 General Installation Procedures 91
Booting from CD-ROM 92
Creating a Boot Floppy 94
Installing from a Hard Drive Partition 96
Network Installation 98
Some Alternatives 104
Resource Information 105
Chapter 5 Starting the Installation 107
Basic Installation Overview 108
What Is Partitioning? 109
Partitioning Tools 110
Partitioning Problems 114
Step-by-Step Installation of Red Hat Linux 115
Installing Yellow Dog Linux 127
Resource Information 129
Chapter 6 Post-Installation Issues 131
Using a Boot Manager 133
PCMCIA and Card Services 137
Configuring Sound 142
Solving Problems with X 145
Resource Information 158
Part II Managing Your Notebook--Making It Work the Way You Want 161
Chapter 7 Advanced Power Management 163
What Is APM? 164
Reading the / proc Directory 168
Avoiding Save-to-Disk Problems 171
Tracking Time Between Suspends and Hibernation 172
KDE APM Utilities 173
Resource Information 176
Chapter 8 Storage Issues 179
Maximizing Drive Space 180
Automated Disk Cleanup 187
Compression and Compressed Filesystems 191
Getting the Most out of Your Notebook's RAM 195
General Advice 197
Resource Information 199
Chapter 9 Display Issues 201
Using the Console 202
Using Virtual Consoles 208
Using X11 209
Working with an External Monitor 219
Resource Information 220
Chapter 10 Input Issues 223
Linux Input Software 224
Using Your Mouse with the Console 224
Configuring Pads 228
Using a Joystick 229
Keyboard and Internationalization 229
Using Microphones 233
Video Capture 235
Resource Information 238
Chapter 11 Networking Issues 239
Basic Interfaces 240
Traditional Command-Line Configuration 241
Using Graphical Interface Administration Tools 243
Wireless Connections 248
Telco Connections 250
Direct Connections 253
Using Samba 257
Reference Information 260
Chapter 12 Data Synchronization 263
General Strategies 264
Useful Clients 264
Synchronizing the Palm PDA 270
Alternative Synchronization Devices 277
Resource Information 280
Part III On the Road--Problems and Solutions 281
Chapter 13 Crash Prevention and Recovery 283
Preventive Tips 284
Backup Strategies 288
Backup Devices 290
Backup Software 291
Alternative Backup Methods 294
Hard Drive Maintenance On-the-Fly 296
Restoring Your Hard Drive 297
Resource Information 300
Chapter 14 Printing on the Road 303
Portable Printers 304
Infrared Printing 313
What If I Can't Find a Printer? 314
Resource Information 317
Chapter 15 Getting Connected on the Road 319
Dial-Up Connections 320
DSL Connections 336
Wireless Connections 340
Net Connection Strategies 344
Free Services 347
Resource Information 347
Chapter 16 Time Zones and Locales 349
Linux, Time, and Time Zones 350
Showing and Setting Time 353
Keeping Track of Where You Are 354
The TZ Environment Variable 356
Getting Accurate Time 357
Useful Clients 358
Resource Information 360
Chapter 17 Battery Power 363
General Strategies 364
Maintaining Your Battery 372
Getting Power Information 373
Alternative Power Sources 374
Resource Information 375
Chapter 18 On-the-Road Entertainment 377
Reading Books 378
Games 380
Listening to Music 386
Ripping Audio CDs into MPEG 390
Writing CD-ROMs 396
Resource Information 402
Chapter 19 The Essential Road Kit 405
The List 406
Before You Leave 413
Part IV Appendixes 415
Appendix A Linux Laptop Resources 417
Usenet Resources 419
WWW Resources 419
Mailing Lists 427
Linux Laptops and How-To Documents 428
Appendix B Using the Bootable Business Card 429
Booting to the Rescue Mode 430
Installing Debian GNU/Linux 433
Downloading and Creating Your Own Copy 441
Index 443
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