Linux with Laptops, Notebooks, PDAs, Mobile Phones and Other Portable Devices
Copyright © 2000-2011 Werner Heuser
Copyright (c) 2000-2011 Werner Heuser. For all chapters except
"Lectures, Presentations, Animations and Slideshows" permission is
granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms
of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version
published by the Free Software Foundation; with the Invariant Sections
being "Preface" and "Credits", with the Front-Cover Texts being "Linux
on the Road - the First Book on Mobile Linux", and with the Back-Cover
Texts being the section "About the Author". A copy of the license is
included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".
The address of the opensuse-mobile mailing list has been added,
a section power management for graphics cards has been added,
a short description of Intel's LinuxPowerTop project has been added,
all references to Suspend2 have been changed to TuxOnIce,
links to OpenSync and Funambol syncronization packages have been added,
some notes about SSDs have been added,
many URLs have been checked and some minor improvements have been made.
Some more typos have been fixed.
Some typos have been fixed.
A link to keytouch has been added,
minor changes have been made.
Some URLs have been updated,
spelling has been corrected,
minor changes have been made.
A technical and a language review have been performed by Sebastian Henschel. Numerous
bugs have been fixed and many URLs have been updated.
Some more tools added to external monitor/projector section,
link to Zaurus Development with Damn Small Linux added to cross-compile section,
some additions about acoustic management for hard disks added,
references to X.org added to X11 sections,
link to laptop-mode-tools added,
some URLs updated,
Added some information about pcmciautils,
link to SoftwareSuspend2 added,
localepurge for small HDDs,
added chapter about FingerPrint Readers,
added chapter about ExpressCards,
link to Smart Battery System utils added to Batteries chapter,
some additions to External Monitors chapter,
links and descriptions added for:
IBAM - the Intelligent Battery Monitor,
updated Credits section,
Mobile computer devices (laptops, notebooks, PDAs, mobile cell phones,
portable audio and video players, digital cameras,
calculators, wearables, ...) are different from desktop/tower computers.
They use certain hardware such as PCMCIA cards,
infrared and BlueTooth ports, wireless LAN, LCD displays, batteries,
docking stations. Hardware parts cannot be changed as easily as in a
desktops, e.g. the graphics card. Often their hardware is more limited
(e.g. disk space, CPU speed). Though the performance gap to
desktops is becoming smaller, e.g. in many instances, laptops or
notebooks can become a desktop replacement.
Hardware support for Linux (and other operating systems) and mobile
computer devices is sometimes more limited (e.g. graphics chips, internal modems).
They often use specialized hardware, hence finding a driver can be more
difficult. Many times they are used in changing environments, so there
is a need for multiple configurations and additional security
Though there are laptop, notebook, PDA and mobile phone
related HOWTOs available already, this guide contains
a concise survey of documents related to mobile computer
devices. Also Linux features, such as installation methods
for laptops, notebooks and PDAs as well as configurations for
different (network) environments are described.
Although there are some caveats, Linux is a better choice for mobile
computer devices than most other operating systems, because it supports
numerous installation methods, works in many heterogeneous environments
and needs smaller resources.
Table of Contents
- About the Author
- About the Document
- Disclaimer and Trademarks
- I. Laptops and Notebooks
- 1. Which Laptop to Buy?
- 2. Laptop Distributions
- 3. Installation
- II. Handheld Devices - Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
- 4. Palmtops, Personal Digital Assistants - PDAs, Handheld PCs - HPCs
- 5. History of Linux on PDAs
- 6. Linux PDAs
- 7. Non-Linux PDAs - Ports and Tools
- 8. Connectivity
- III. Tablet PCs / Pen PCs
- 9. Tablet PCs / Pen PCs
- IV. Mobile (Cellular) Phones, Pagers, Calculators, Digital Cameras, Wearable Computing
- 10. Mobile (Cellular) Phones, Pagers
- 11. Calculators, Digital Cameras, Wearable Computing
- V. Mobile Hardware in Detail
- 12. Hardware in Detail: CPU, Display, Keyboard, Sound and More
- 13. Accessories: PCMCIA, USB and Other External Extensions
- VI. Kernel
- 14. Kernel History
- VII. On the Road
- 15. Different Environments
- 16. Solutions with Mobile Computers
- VIII. Appendix
- A. Other Operating Systems
- B. Other Resources
- C. Repairing the Hardware
- D. Survey about Micro Linuxes
- E. Dealing with Limited Resources or Tuning the System
- F. Ecology and Laptops
- G. NeoMagic Graphics Chipset Series NM20xx
- H. Annotated Bibliography: Books For Linux Nomads
- I. Resources for Specific Laptop Brands
- J. Credits
- K. Copyrights