This document describes how you can install GNU/Linux on a Toshiba T1000LE laptop.
As far as I can tell the hardware of my T1000LE is quite OK. There are some minor problems, but nothing really serious:
You cannot install or boot a "normal" Linux kernel on this laptop, because Linux only works with i386 (or better) type computers.
But luckily there's the Embeddable Linux Kernel Subset (ELKS) project.
ELKS is a stripped down Linux Kernel which can run on 8086 and 286 computers, among others.
First we need to download ELKS and some related packages:
Now we will create a boot/root disk so we can boot ELKS on the laptop.
comb(combined boot/root disk),
comb_net(combined boot/root disk with networking support),
full3(combined boot/root disk with networking support and additional utilities) and
sibo(boot disk for a Psion SiBO, we don't need this).
dd if=boot of=/dev/fd0 bs=8192
bootwith one of the other image files.
full3, as this has everything included on one disk.
Insert your newly created boot/root disk and reboot the laptop. ELKS should now be booting and will leave you with a
Login as root, there is no password, just press ENTER. That's it, you just entered sash, the Standalone Shell, a very small /bin/sh replacement used by ELKS.
Now you can do whatever you want with the laptop, i.e. partition/format the harddisk, install stuff on the harddisk etc. etc.
Now we will partition the harddisk of the laptop and format it:
/dev/hdaas one would expect. ELKS uses
mkfs /dev/bda1 20000
We have a working harddisk now, which we can mount with
mount /dev/bda1 /mnt, and where we can store our stuff now.
The next thing we want to achieve is to install ELKS on the harddisk and also boot from the harddisk.
Here are some pointers to related projects and further information.