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I just purchased an upgraded Fujitsu Stylistic 5032. I've tried running some Linux distros on my box at home. I've tried a fedora, ubuntu, puppy, and dsl. Most wouldn't cooperate and the ones that did refused to play nice with my hardware. I do a lot of gaming at home, so Linux was mainly an experiement just to see how cold\warm the waters were.
Well, I'm now mobile. No longer am I limited to dial-up on a winsoft modem (One of the peices of hardware that wouldn't play nice with the linux distro's I got). I am now wifi and blue tooth six ways from Sunday. Given my new transmitting/recieving abilities I have begun my intrest in Linux once more. I'm currently looking at BackTrack 3 since its a penetraition tester platform...at least that's what I've read.
I'm not going to start spitting hardware at you, I'm just going to plainly ask...think the stylist/thumbprint scanner/bluetooth stuff will work painlessly? I mean...xp was pretty nice, boots, runs, doesn't crash...but I'm seeking more power, and I know that Linux is where the power is at.
I had a little difficulty with Linux since I find command lines archaic. There's a lot you can do with a command line...but can't you just make those commands into fun little GUI switches and buttons? I want to never type sudo, but I don't think that will happen.
Anyway, go for it or not? And if you think backtrack will be ill prepared for my adventure on the tablet...what Linux distro is specifically focused upon Tablets?
I've tried a fedora, ubuntu, puppy, and dsl. Most wouldn't cooperate and the ones that did refused to play nice with my hardware.
Since you didn't post details the only thing to remark is that unless your HW is unsupported, exotic or too new, there's bound to be drivers.
Originally Posted by Nalec
I'm not going to start spitting hardware at you, I'm just going to plainly ask...think the stylist/thumbprint scanner/bluetooth stuff will work painlessly?
If you use your favourite searchengine with terms like "Fujitsu Stylistic" you'll find plenty of walkthroughs and HOWTOs for at least three major distributions and IIGC at least one covering the 5032. So you don't need a niche distribution to make things work. That doesn't mean that making it work will be painless, but at least you've tapped into a community that can help you fix things. Make a full backup, then just go do it I'd say.
Thanks for the responce. I'll definately try and do more research on other people's experiences. And I think you're right, I should just get to a safe point and go ahead and try it. Nothing ventured nothing gained and all that.
Here is the current problem i am having. In all my previous attempts I had only been able to run Linux from a usb drive on my box and a live cd from a cd-rom of course. Well, my tablet lacks these things because in the bios it lists floppies, optical drives, and hard disks. Now, my thumb drives don't seem to get picked up by it...so there's no booting from there. And, I'm not going to drop money on a cd drive when cds are a horrible method anyway and just to install a free os does not justify wasting the money on one.
So, with a partition utility through xp I've created a logical ext3 at the end of my disk. I have an application that will view the contents of this ext3..but I can't seem to fingure out how to put stuff on it, so attempting to install Linux is becoming a bit difficult. I'm trying to find an application that I can just run and choose a linux ISO for and it will install it to the place I choose. No luck for finding the easy logcal way...
I've read stuff about creating an odd /boot folders on my C: and downloading the grub application...and doing some funky dos dance through a dos boot...but that all just sounds crazy. Is there such a magical xp application which exists to simply install from a Linux ISO to a chosen destination, including an ext3 partition which apparently gives windows the heebie geebies.
I always have this problem. I get all built up about playing with Linux and then I run into several brick walls that prevent me from doing an actually onto the hard disk installation.