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Desktop computers are very useful tools, but they suffer from a major problem for some functions: They're too large. There are many situations in which you might want to work at a computer, but can't use a desktop computer because it's too bulky.

It's for situations like this that portable computers of various types have been developed. The most common types of portable computers are known as notebooks or laptops. These devices are large enough to host a standard-sized keyboard and a liquid crystal display (LCD) of 10-15 inches. They also usually have a hard disk, CD-ROM drive, and floppy drive. Figure 23.1 shows a typical notebook computer.

Figure 23.1

A notebook computer is a bit smaller than a typical briefcase, and so is portable enough for many purposes.

Figure 23.1

A notebook computer is a bit smaller than a typical briefcase, and so is portable enough for many purposes.

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Two excellent resources for information on running Linux on a notebook are http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/linux-laptop/ and

http://home.snafu.de/wehe/index.html. The first of these sites includes links to a large number of other sites that report individuals' experiences running Linux on specific models of notebook computer. Both sites include additional information and general-purpose notebook links.

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Computers still smaller than notebooks exist. These palmtop computers have tiny or no keyboards, and usually rely upon touch-sensitive LCD screens for some or all input. Linux has been ported to a few of these devices, but it's not really usable on most. Samsung has developed a Linux-based palmtop. See http://www.sem.samsung.com/ eng/product/digital/pda/ for more information. The Web site http://www.linux. org/projects/ports.html has links to sites hosting ports of Linux to a wide variety of hardware, including palmtops.

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