Ultralight Tuxtops Laptop
Oliver Knill
Click here to see more photos I ordered the laptop on the web at the Tuxtops Site. The tuxtops offer was the best for the price. Additionally, one does not have pay for an other (inferior) operating system, the hardware (even the internal Modem) works great with Linux (which are additional expenses for other laptops). About a week after ordering, I opened a box delivered with FedEx. The machine was running out of the box. Installed is Redhat Linux 6.1 . An additional tuxtops installation script asked first a few question. The laptop was immediatly attached to my other network via ethernet, my private data transferred. A working laptop pretty instantly. Cables to CD and Floppy which had by accident not been shipped arrived (without having me to ask) 15 hours later also by Fedex. Later in the night, I decided to try to install the MetroX server , which I'm run successfully on my Dell desktop machine (with Linux Mandrake ) . The card is not on the list of supported cards and it was not a surprise that I can momentarily forget the MetroX server. During the installation, I accidently removed a file. I obtained it the next day back (by e-mail) from Tuxtops support. Lesson: not only backup of critical files like /etc but also X stuff like /usr/X11R6 and of course from /boot and /lib/modules (the later because there are some modules (for the sound card and internal modem for example), which can not be found in the redhat distribution). On X: The xdm Manager needs still quite long to startup. Netscape was running fine under Gnome but refused then to run under Kde and under fvwm. Reinstalling the rpm packages from the CD rpm -i --force netscape ... helped. The XF86_FBDev server for the Silicon Motion graphics card worried me first: Netscape had initially problems with complex javascript pages like in my site dynamical-systems.org . The problems disappeared later. Network (ethernet via PC card), Sound (great quality) , CD , Floppy , internal Modem worked great without having to do do anything special about it. An additional parallel port Zip drive (which I had still lying around) was attached by loading some modules and mounting:
insmod parport_pc
insmod parport_probe
insmod ppa
mkdir /zip
mount -t msdos /dev/sda4 /zip
In summary: if you want a running Lynux system on a ultralight laptop, if you are short of time, don't want to shop and pay for additional hardware or don't want to pay for an inferior operating system (you can however have dual boot as an option), the Tuxtops Ultralight is the right choice. If you can afford it, take the Pentium version and more memory since the X server for the Silicon Motion Graphics card needs some power (until hardware acceleration for this card will be supported).
Austin, TX, 5/15/2000
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Hardware: Tuxtops Ultralight laptop
Processor 433 MHz Intel Celeron MMX
Memory 128KB (Celeron), 64 MB SDRAM
Chip Set Intel 440 BX
Graphics 11.3 inch SGA , TFT, 1024x768,16M
Card 128-bit Silicon Motion LynxEM 710
Video RAM 2MB
Video out Up to 1024x768, 64K color (CRT)
Audio ESS Techn. Maestro-2E, 3D,
CD-ROM External 24x CD ROM (via IDE)
Floppy External 3.5 inch, (parallel port)
Keyboard 85-key QWERTY, embed. numeric keypad
Mouse Touch pad with 2 buttons
Modem Intern. Lucent Microelec. 56KB
Video I/O 15-pin VGA Port
Sound I/O Stereo-out, Microphone-in, Phone
Infrared 4MB IrDA-compliant (Fast-Infrared)
I/O Parallel, Serial Port, USB
PC slot TYPE I/II PC Card, Zoomed Video
PC card Linksys, NP10T 10 Mbps Ethernet
Battery 6-cell prismatic Lithium-Ion, 30W
AC adapter 100~240V, 47~63Hz,50W,20V,2.5A
APM Power Suspend / Resume capability
Dimension 270mm (W) x 218mm (D) x 28 mm (H)
Weight 3.9 lbs / 1.8 Kgs
External Links: Linux on Laptops Linux with Laptops Tuxtops