"A few months ago, I was talking to the owner of a locally run
ISP, Mutual Data Services, and he mentioned he had purchased a
ViewSonic Tablet PC some months before. He planned to use it at his
various wireless access points to do maintenance on his equipment.
It came with Windows 98, and he was not impressed. As he puts
"Imagine our frustration that the tablet we paid big bucks for
crashed as a daily occurrence. The manufacturer refused to allow us
to return it, saying the operating system is the problem. We would
do a restore, and it would run for a day and then crash again. We
gave up on using it as designed and thought maybe Linux would work
and save the tablet from the junk box.
"I offered to take the system and put Linux on it. The first
thing I did was Google to see if I could find any information on
installing Linux on this hardware, but I found nothing. So I
thought it might be useful to other owners of this model to write
this article. If others ran into the same situation that Mutual
Data Services did, several of these systems may be lying around and
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