My Laptop Diary

Rebuilding my Laptop - Introduction

As I wrote here...., my laptop operating system software build blew up the other day, so I have taken the opportunity to spring clean it. I am using a Dell Lattitude C400. Fortunately I am back and working again, but I thought you'd be interested in what I've had to do, so I shall keep a diary. The laptop had most recently a triple boot, managed by grub, allowing Redhat Linux 7.2 & Ximian Gnome, Windows XP and Solaris 9.

I had originally installed Linux, as a result of significant effort by me and Richard Miles, because I was sick of Windows 98 failing to allow me to act nomadically, and the persistent (& intermittantly reliable, not to mention slow) re-boots involved in getting the computer to do what I required. I had installed Red Hat Linux to act as my primary personal productivity partition, using Windows for stuff that Linux struggled with (or I struggled with Linux, ) with and Solaris 9 for resource manager demonstrations and experimentation. The key resource I used (apart from Richard) to get Linux/Gnome onto the C400 was Laptop-Linux, which had a most usefull page about the C400. If you look there, you'll see the author has retired the page. You'll also see that the key problem with the Dell (at that time) was firstly Linux's power management suspend, and the design of the video sub-system.

It was obvious that I should take the opportunity to change somethings. Firstly, the RH 7.2 distro had reached the end of usefull life; Red Carpet was asking me to download Ximian 2, and many of the applications were stuck at inappropriately early versions. Secondly, I now had Windows XP as opposed to '98 so I had higher expectations. Despite not building the Demo I wanted on the original Solaris partition, upgrading to Solaris 10 is a must.

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