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Linux Orbit: Linux on a Laptop: Upgrading to the 2.4.x kernel, PCMCIA, USB and more fun!

Mar 08, 2001, 21:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gown)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"Recently, I embarked on yet another odyssey of epic proportions with my laptop. Previously, I told you about my switch from Windows to Linux and the idiosyncrasies I encountered. Well, what with all the hoopla and fanfare over the 2.4 kernel, I wanted to share in the joy of being on the cutting edge with everyone else. On top of upgrading my kernel, I purchased a USB CD-RW HP 8200 series drive, and figured that this new toy would make the work worth the effort. Not only would I have a screaming new kernel, but I could burn all my MP3s to CD and.... Oh wait, no I mean I could burn new beta CDs of Mandrake and Red Hat and try them out."

"Yeah, that's what I meant."

"When I installed Linux on a laptop previously, I was using a Toshiba. This time around, I'm using a Quantex. (Very similar to a Dell except that Quantex has gone belly up. They closed last summer due to bankruptcy.) It's not a sexy little number like the Sony Vaio, but it is an excellent desktop replacement with an easy to read 15 inch screen. Here's a quick run-down on the hardware I have installed:..."

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