Linux On Libretto L5
[[ Summary and Conditions ]]

17th Aug., 2002
Modified 26th Aug.,2002

Summary of Tasks

Install Linux on Libretto L5/080TNLN(WinXP Home Edition pre-installed) at dual boot mode.
Any of distribution of Linux is available, but I had a good reason to give up Vine 2.5R(One of most famous Japanese distributions based on RedHat 7.x) I had installed initially and installed the following Linux.
ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦTurbolinux Workstation 8.0 (SilverStone)
I tried not to spend money but tried to complete the installation within peripherals I currently had. Refer Conditions of the peripherals for details.

Selection of distribution of Linux

First I installed Vine2.5R and it worked well. But there are some known problems with Red Hat base distributions like 'Recognition problem of the PCMCIA card adaptor', 'Incapabilities in configuration of the onboard sound card', 'Poweroff problem at shutdown process' and so on.
Since I needed to use the PCMCIA adaptor for accessing a memory card(ex. images of digital cameras) and for using a PHS digital modem card to access the Net with my mobile phone, I could not accept to give up it. To solve the problem, I decided to install TurboLinux(ftp version). The distribution is used for a pre-install Libretto L5 that is being sold by Toshiba.
I'm afraid the onboard analog modem is not accessible from Linux, even with the pre-installed model by Toshiba. If it's necessary, you need to purchase a PCMCIA modem card. Or maybe you will boot Win XP when you access an analog line.

Conditions of peripherals

  • No FD drive

  • No CD drive

  • No restore CDs sold separately

  • Have a Linux/FreeBSD(or other PC-UNIX) desktop PC

  • Have an HDD adaptor that makes a 2.5in HDD connectable to a desktop 3.5in IDE I/F(Can be omitted when you don't have to backup pre-installed system). I don't know if the adaptor is available with 1.8in HDD that is set in L5/TNKW. [26th Aug.: I have confirmed the way to backup HDD data through NFS. This kind of adaptor is not required any more.]

  • CF(Compact Flash memory) card or PCMCIA memory card, and Linux PC with PCMCIA adaptor(notebook or desktop with a PCMCIA adaptor). If you use PXE(Pre-Execution Environment=Network boot), you don't have to worry about these.


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