"Laptops are different from desktops/towers. They use certain
hardware such as PCMCIA cards, infrared ports, batteries, docking
stations. Often their hardware is more limited (e.g. disk space,
CPU speed), though the performance gap is becoming smaller. In many
instances, laptops can become a desktop replacement."
"Hardware support for Linux (and other operating systems) on
laptops is sometimes more limited (e.g. graphic chips, internal
modems). Laptops often use specialized hardware, hence finding a
driver can be more difficult. Laptops are often used in changing
environments, so there is a need for multiple configurations and
additional security strategies."
"Though there are laptop related HOWTOs available already,
this guide contains a concise survey of laptop related
documents. Also, laptop related Linux features, such as
installation methods for laptops (via PCMCIA, without CD drive,
etc.), laptop hardware features and configurations for different
(network) environments are described. Besides there are some notes
on PDAs, Handheld PCs and other mobile computer devices (digital
cameras, cellular phones, calculators)."
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