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Linux on a Kapok 7200
4.2.98 version 1.0

Alessandro Usseglio Viretta
Lab for EM 1
Schmelzbergstrasse 7, CH-8092 Zurich
e-mail: usseglio@biol.ethz.ch
Fax + 41 1 6321103


The Kapok 7200 is a portable computer, Intel-based, manufactured by Kapok - http://www.kapok.com.tw - in Taiwan. It is sold under a variety of names is USA and Europe. BSI http://www.bsicomputer.com, ATC http://www.at-computers.com, NewChip http://www.newchip.it, AJP http://www.ajp.co.uk, JET http://www.jet.ch, A&O http://www.aocomputer.com, Computer Direct http://www.direct.ch, Gericom http://www.gericom.com, Pro Star http://www.pro-star.com, Megashop http://www.megashop.ch are just a few vendors of this computer. It's a bulky and heavy computer, but it's provided with a big nice TFT screen - up to 14.1" - and a easily upgradable Pentium MMX processor. It is usually delivered with Windows 95 already installed. The aim of this document is to explain how to install Linux on such a machine. If you want to keep Windows, please refer to the HOWTOs available, for example, at http://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/docs/. This document is aimed to absolute beginners and is not intended to provide a deep insight into the Linux operating system. After reading it, the newby should be ready to successfully install a RedHat Linux system on his/her laptop and start working with it.

Copyright © 1998, Alessandro Usseglio Viretta
Published in Issue 26 of Linux Gazette, March 1998