[TriLUG] without better support from the vendors...
Fri, 21 Dec 2001 10:39:24 -0700
Chris Merrill wrote:
> ...linux will not be successful on the desktop.
I understand and appreciate your fustrations. And no, i don't think
you're an idiot. I think perhaps you've (unfortunately) chosen a
laptop model that has (somewhat) difficult hardware. This is not a
unique situation--only a few years ago laptops were notoriously
difficult to use to their fullest with Linux. The good news is that
situation *is* changing for the better and new drivers will continue
> When it was time to upgrade in September, I chose a Thinkpad T23.
Ok, I considered that model but recently bought the cheaper A22p
(2629Y1U) and am typing this email on that laptop...
I've also installed & tweaked various Red Hat versions on numerous
thinkpads (560, 600X, 240, i1560, A22p) and am a bit surprised by
the number of HW problems that you list.
So have you looked at the new T23 entries on www.linux-laptop.net?
They list specific advice on how to get a binary driver for your
graphics chipset and how to get sound working (apparently works out-
of-the-box w/RH 7.2).
Also, according to http://www-alphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/~mdavis/t22/,
hot-swapping the Ultrabay2000 won't work but "warm-swapping" it
If you want help with getting the serial device working, contact me
off-list (I've been using the serial port on my laptops a *lot* over
the past year as I'm writing userspace controllers for rare and odd-
ball lab instruments...).
Good luck and don't give up too easily!
ps - Have you tried "chmod a+rw /dev/ttyS[0-4]" as permissions
are the most common reason that folks report serial port
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