Running Fedora Linux with the
by David K. Levine
Go here for instructions on
Fedora. I may provide instructions for installation some
day. For the moment your best bet is to take a look at Rolig's
instructions. Meanwhile, here is a bootable dd
image of a 128 MB vfat USB Pen that can be used to start the severn
(beta) installation program. To boot from a pen, use the bios to choose
boot device. Under hard disk you will find the pen - move it above the
regular hard disk. This image also contains the ntfsresize utility
needed to repartition the ntfs disk. It is in the bin directory of the
initrd, so can be accessed from rescue mode simply by typing ntfsresize.
Some useful information on upgrading
or locally using grub rather than a pen or cd.
The good: The screen works in landscape and portrait mode, and
landscape mode can be cloned to an external display, all with the pen
working. Wifi works fine, including WEP. There is a good touch keyboard
that can be made available at logon. ACPI works. Vmware and crossover
office work. Read/write access is available to the ntfs partition.
The bad: Handwriting
recognition and multiple screen support. Each video/pen driver
combination has some limitations. ACPI
fails to restore the side buttons when the machine wakes up and does
not turn off the backlight.
The ugly: Windows XP neatly put
a file at the 40 GB boundary and refused to move it, making it possible
to allocate only 20 GB to linux. If you have the foresight, partition
your disk as soon as you get the system.
A working wifi strength indicator for
the gnome panel: download wifistr.server
and wifistr.py. Make sure you have the
gnome-python2-applet-2.0.0-2 rpm installed from the third Yarrow disk.
Put wifistr.server in /usr/lib/bonobo/servers and wifistr.py in
/usr/bin, making sure to make it executable by the user. Restart gnome,
and it will appear under utilities. It prints the second signal
strength measure from /proc/net/wireless, which is the one that has
useful information. Signal strength of about 168 appears to mean no
How to get gok work: gok is an
alternative to xkbd that handles window focus better; it is installable
from the rpm. Make sure to enable sticky keys from the accessibility
control panel. Unfortunately gok doesn't work correctly because it
recognizes the touchscreen but doesn't handle it correctly - here is
kill `ps -A | grep gconfd-2`
cp -f ~/apps/gokconf.xml /home/dlevine/.gconf/apps/gok/%gconf.xml
This kill gconfd-2 erasing the touchscreen support for gok and
then installs a fake %gconf.xml file that deletes the touchscreen and
forces an error keeping the buggy touchscreen from loading. You will
need to put the following gokconf.xml file into your ~/apps directory
<entry name="access_method" mtime="1071967193" muser="dlevine"
<entry name="word_complete" mtime="1061150312" muser="dlevine"
Notes about RedHat 9: Wifi
apparently does not work with the 2.4.20 kernel; the atmeldriver
compiles and loads but can't find any access points. The Severn kernel
if used with RedHat 9 kills X. There is a problem with the
/rc/init.d/pcmcia script - if you remove the .o from the kernel modules
at around line 105 it starts working. Severn has the same script, but
seems to work OK. There is no acpi support in RH9.
- Fix the suspend. Top priority - get the side buttons to
work. Second priority - get the backlight off.
- A way to bring up the keyboard when the screen is locked.
- A decent pen calibration tool.
- A notetaking program. Done - see the Jarnal program.
Also see Gournal.
- Good handwriting recognition.
Basic resources on the TC1000 under