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  • Debian on the Tuxedo InfinityBook

    This is the first installation report after some time. Ok, it is not as detailed, as previous ones, but that is not necessary. I have created an installation report for Debian on the Tuxedo InfinityBook. The InfinityBook is my new notebook and I'm very happy with it. It is fully supported by Linux, light weight, small, quiet, powerful and has a fair price. What more could you wish?

    If you are looking for a new notebook with Ultrabook specs that is supported by Linux, check my special page for the InfinityBook.

  • Hercules eCafe

    Netbook Hercules eCafe EC-900 running Debian

    A few weeks ago I bought my first Netbook. I took some time coming to this decision, because I also still have my Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000, which is something like a MiniNetbook. It also runs Linux and there are many different distributions for it. But the performance is not good enough to run Firefox or other big standard applications. Lately I used my Zaurus only for time tracking and PIM, which not challenging enough for this nice device. I want something where I can run standard applications on and which is small enough to go travelling with it, even if the luggage is only a backpack. Of course the price should not be too high, because the risk that the device gets stolen is relatively high, when travelling.

    So I started to look more intensive for these little Notebooks. My priorities were the following:

    +++ Linux
    ++   should be as small as possible, 8,9" display is enough
    ++   the battery should last as long as possible
    +      Bluetooth inside
    +      matt display
    +      standard hard disk, no SSD
    +      > 1GB Ram

    Everything else like WLAN, USB, sound etc. is more or less standard. In the end there were 3 models left on my list.

    • Asus eeePc 901 Go
    • Toshiba
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  • HP NC6120

     Linux On Laptops
    This report is listed on Linux on Laptops and TuxMobil.

    Introduction

    A few weeks ago I decided to buy a new notebook. My old one, a Toshiba Satellite 4090 XCDT was a good friend for me. And running Linux on it was very easy.
    First I thought I should buy a Toshiba again. But in these days there are many notebooks with a WXGA resolution. I don't like it, because the notebooks are getting very big with this display dimensions. I didn't want a standard XGA display either. After searching the web for a while I decided to get a SXGA notebook. I compared prices and Linux compatibility for different models and found this HP NC6120. The price machine I used told me the best price for Amazon. Then I thought, OK - let's have a look at ebay. And there I got it for 150 Euro less than at Amazon.
    HP is supporting the Ubuntu community to adapt their distribution to this and a few more notebooks. First I tried Ubuntu on my new notebook. But I realized very early, that this is not my distribution. I'm using

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  • Intel Classmate

    This report is listed on Linux on Laptops and TuxMobil.

    Introduction

    A few weeks ago the Intel Classmate Netbook with touch screen was announced to be available in Germany. Since I was always looking for a Netbook that has a touch screen and can be converted to a tablet PC, I was very greedy to get one of these devices. There are three distributors that sell the Classmate in Germany. One is Unimall, but they only sell it to educational establishments. The other two are Wortmann and Tarox. I sold the one from Wortmann, because it was the only one available. It is called Terra Mobile 08EDU-III there.

    I will just show some pictures here for now. Text will follow soon.

    ... ok, ok, it took much more time than expected. The reason is mainly that I was not able to get an independent Linux distribution working on the Classmate. Up to now I used a Ubuntu 8.04 distribution which was heavily customized for the Classmate. You can find the image ...

  • Lenovo 3000 N200

    This report is listed on Linux on Laptops and TuxMobil. Linux On Laptops

    Introduction

    I searched for a new computer for my girlfriend in the last weeks. The main board of her PC has a defect and I was now looking for a small PC based on a MicroATX or MiniITX board. But these PCs are quite expensive, so I also had a look for inexpensive notebooks. There is currently this hype around NetBooks. But after checking the prices for notebooks and NetBooks, I found a Lenovo 300 N200 for 350 €. This is only a little bit more expensive than a Asus EeePC, which is about 299 €. One factor, why this Lenovo is so cheap is, I think, that there is "only" FreeDOS included. But that's absolutely what I'm looking for. I want to install Linux, anyway. The Lenovo has much more power and much better equipment. So I bought this Lenovo notebook.

     

    Technical data

    Here are the technical data of the Lenovo 3000 N200 (type 0769):

    • Intel Celeron 550 processor with 2GHz
    • 512 MB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM
    • 120 GB hard disc (serial ATA)
    • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (GM965)
    • 15,4" WXGA (1280x800) TFT display (VibrantView)
    • 24x CD/DVD dual
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  • Tuxedo InfinityBook

    Introduction

    I was looking for a new notebook. My old one, a Lenovo X121e Netbook, did not fit my requirements any more. Building ISO or RaspberryPi images and running Eclipse requires some CPU power. Further more, the screen size limited me more and more. So I started to look for a new notebook. My requirements are: a small notebook with a powerful processor, a screen with at least 1024 vertical pixels, an USB 3.1 connector and, of course, Linux support.
    For a long time I did not find the device that really fits me. There was this Acer Aspire V3 device, but it did not really convince me. There will come the Dell XPS 13 developer edition, but that is too expensive. Finally, I saw an article about the Tuxedo InifityBook, also known as Schenker S306. It fulfils all my requirements and is distributed by a Linux company.

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