Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) on the Xplore iX104C3 rugged Tablet PC

productid-1444-sku-IX104C3

System specs

A nice review here : http://www.ruggedpcreview.com/3_slates_xplore_ix104c3.html

Users handbook : ftp://Support:Xplore@ftp.xploretech.com/Reports%20and%20Handbooks/iX104C3%20USERS%20HANDBOOK.pdf

Note: my model only has a digitizer (tablet PC model), no touchscreen (dual mode version)

Debian stable to the rescue

First I wanted to install Arch Linux on this system, but soon I encountered a severe setback : the Wacom stylus would not work. Then I tried Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise), everything worked out of the box, except the stylus!
Explanation : it seems the support for this older, serial Wacom tablet has been removed from the X.Org Wacom input drivers, since the 0.10.6 version and up.
(more info can be found here : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1780154 )

Fortunately Debian Squeeze still uses a working 0.10.5 driver version!

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SONY VAIO PCG-Z600TEK (aka PCG-5316) – Debian GNU/Linux install notes

A friend gave me this old laptop from the early 2000’s.
Here are my personal notes about installing an optimized and lightweight Debian GNU/Linux system on this machine, mainly for internet browsing / music playing (with external speakers!)

Official support pages

Computer specs

PIII 700MHz
128 Mb SDRAM on the motherboard, 1 SODIMM slot available for RAM upgrade (Specs says this computer can be upgraded upto 256 Mb at max!)
8 Mb Video RAM (ATI Rage Mobility M1)
20 Gb HDD (a Win2000 system was installed)
No CD / No floppy drive
No booting from USB! / No PXE boot!
No Wifi
Dead battery!

Creating a Wireless Access Point with Debian Linux

A quick and dirty way to recycle an older computer with a wifi adapter.

Adapted from original HowTo (Thanks Matt!) at :
http://mcbridematt.dhs.org/blog/2010/11/21/HOWTO%3A%20HostAP%20%28Master%29%20mode%20for%20Ralink%20rt73%20USB%20wifi

Other sources :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridging_%28networking%29
http://wiki.debian.org/BridgeNetworkConnections
http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Documentation/hostapd

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