Thanks for the info. I got it going eventually. I could not open a terminal as you suggested despite trying several different methods. The Advanced Menu is enabled but the Terminal app just hangs.
I made a Fedora 11 Live image on a USB stick. There is a 'Liveusb Creator' utility to do it which you can find here
Once up and running in Fedora I did
Just to make sure the filesystem is ok. The filesystem check returned errors. Then mount the hd with
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
I could see the Linpus filesystem so I edited /etc/syslog.conf as you suggested to switch on the syslog.
Reboot to Linpus and everything works!
I have left syslog running as I suspect there may be some underlying problem which may even be related to the WiFi and HAL problems discussed elsewhere in this forum. Thanks again for the info.