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Old 08-03-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 + Linux


I am thinking about buying a Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 and am wondering if anyone has had success loading some flavor of Linux on it ? Kinda a netbook with a little heft in my opinion but I don't want a Windoz only machine. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You, Michael
 
Old 08-04-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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Here is a link to the specsheet. Bear in mind it is a discontinued product, but I scanned through the specsheet, and didn't see anything problematic. The only thing I might worry about is the WiFi card, but it seems it is supported.
 
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Thanks indienick for your post. I am still debating on whether to spend the money for the Toughbook but if I do, there is, of course, no shortage of Linux distro's to try. Part of the plan will be to get mobile broadband from Sprint and fuss with getting that to work on Linux.

Again, Thanks, Michael
 
Old 08-04-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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Some Links below that might be of some Help. I run a CF-48 which runs AntiX,Puppy, and Ubuntu.

http://byrd740.wordpress.com/linux-on-cf-29/

http://forum.notebookreview.com/pana...thread-64.html

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1511765
 
Old 08-04-2010, 09:08 PM   #5
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Thanks rokytnji for the long links on the Toughbook. I will wade thru them tomorrow or this weekend but am getting more jazzed about buying the CF-29. We have some larger notebooks at work that get passed around for various audits and there is always a feeling that you are dealing with a fragile object. And they are a bit bulky in my opinion. I think a Toughbook the size of the current crop of 10 inch netbooks would be great.

Again, thanks for the links. Michael
 
Old 01-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #6
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My CF-29

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I am thinking about buying a Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 and am wondering if anyone has had success loading some flavor of Linux on it ? Kinda a netbook with a little heft in my opinion but I don't want a Windoz only machine. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You, Michael
I found that Linux Mint 7 booted and installed ,but the mouse is very sluggish..Everything else either doesn't boot or the screen go's black after the cd boots..
 
Old 01-27-2012, 10:03 PM   #7
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Experiment With Puppy Linux

I have a Panasonic C-29 and am very happy with it. It runs Puppy Linux of various flavors, I have run the last 3 or 4 latest Puppies and they all work fine. I have installed the distros to a USB flash drive and with the disk in the drive to start it up, the OS is very speedy. You can remove the disc after start up to use the drive for other purposes. Give Puppy a try and I am sure you will be pleased.

Regards, Michael
 
Old 12-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #8
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Mint linux on Toughbook CF-29

I just installed Mint Linux 12 on my CF-29, it set up without a problem, it even detected and installed the drivers for the touchscreen, wireless card and bluetooth during setup with no prompting from me. I did have to download a touchscreen calibration program because it was a little right and low from where I touched the screen, but not a major problem. As soon as I entered the password for my wireless router, it got me online in seconds, no problems there. The touchpad mouse was a bit slow, it took 30 or so swipes to cross the screen, but just opening the settings for the keyboard and mouse allowed me to change the acceleration rate and now it works fine. One of the easiest Linux installs I've ever had. Don't be afraid to try it.
 
  


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