The manuals that come with EmperorLinux portable systems are each software- and
hardware-specific to that particular system. They give the exact details on
the interaction of the Linux OS with
the hardware. They tell you exactly
how to manipulate your machine in the ways described below. These manuals are
typeset in LaTeX on the Emperor's Toucan,
professionally printed at 1200 dpi, and bound in a nice cover.
Your system comes ready to go right out of the box. When you first boot, it
you will take about 30 seconds to configure your root password, your IP
address and your time zone. This is all covered. Then the boot continues
all the way into X-Windows.
Next we cover adding user accounts, changing the host name, useful commands to
play with, and the popular window managers and how to switch between them.
The Linux Kernel:
Then we discuss the customizations to the kernel that allow these systems to
have 700kB kernels and still support
ALL the internal hardware.
We tell you what we took out (i386, RAID, SMP, router, ...) and why.
Then we're into what we specifically added
(APM/ACPI, sound, USB, FireWire, PCMCIA, 802.11 wireless, ...).
This includes coverage of modules and kmod which controls them.
Upgrading to the latest empkernel is also covered (it's easy with
The X11 Window System provides for the display of images on bitmap capable
hardware. Simply, X11 displays images on your monitor. Our manual covers the
chip in your laptop and the server used to drive it. We cover virtual terminal
switching, mode switching (changing resolution on the fly), and how to change
your bit depth. Connection to you desktop monitor is covered, as well. 3-D
acceleration on applicable systems is also explained.
We explain how to use 802.11 "WiFi" wireless ethernet, including encryption.
The included EmpTool makes using wifi in
multiple locations a snap.
We also go over which kernel module drives your internal 10/100 (or Gigabit!) ethernet, how to
set up static or dynamic IP addressing, and what you need to know about
firewalls, ssh, and more. You'll be up surfing the net in no time.
Many models have working winmodems, so we cover everything you need to use your
modem for surfing.
The manual includes which drivers we use, and dialing with
wvdial, or kppp, and pppd.
Power Management: APM/ACPI
All our systems use ACPI Power Management (the older APM having fallen out
of use). Our laptops support suspend and hibernate (via the swsusp code).
There are several ways to invoke the various power saving levels. We cover
suspend, hibernation, LCD brightness control, and WiFi power kill and
the various hot-keys to enter those states.
Life without music would be very dull. The manual covers your sound chip and
the kernel modules that drive it. Not that you really will do anything with
this, the second you fire up xmms the modules get automagically
loaded. Play CDs or rip them into .ogg's or .mp3's, play
and record .wav's, ...
There are Holes in our Systems
Holes in the laptop are covered, every hole, from the obvious to the obscure.
We cover using mtools with the (perhaps USB) floppy;
printing with lpr and the parallel port (or port replicator) (or USB);
syncing your Palm Pilot with the serial port;
plugging in your external monitor or a projector (and dual-display, TwinView, ...);
the PCMCIA and CF slots and the various things you can put there (including CardBus cards);
USB devices, like Disk-on-Key, floppies, and printers; and
FireWire devices, like CDRWs and hard drives.
Too much stuff, really.
PCMCIA slots (1 or 2 depending on the system) can take modems, ethernet cards,
SCSI adapters, external CD-ROM drives, and more, we explain it all in detail.
It's so easy!
USB ports (2 or 3 depending on system) can take mice, floppy drives, printers,
USB hubs, Zip drives, cameras, and more. We explain in detail how to connect
these cutting-edge devices to your laptop. (You'll be printing color photos
through your USB printer in no time!). Of course, the external mouse mixes
with the touchpad. Use them both at the same time.
FireWire (aka IEEE-1394 or "i.Link") is an amazingly fast connection for
CDRW/DVD drives, huge (250+ GB) external hard drives, DV cameras, and Zip
drives. External hard drives are faster than internal drives, so these are
great for high speed data acquisition.
The /rescue partition is there to save you if you ever
futz around too much with the kernel and get it wrong. It has everything you
could ever want for system admin on its own little partition, so it's there
like a safety net. We cover using it to get out of several possible binds.
Replace Windows with MP3s
If you ordered MS-Win left on your system, and you decide to change your mind,
we'll tell you in four short commands how to turn this partition into an
.ogg and .mp3 music storage warehouse.
We give a large and ever growing listing of the best books on Linux, from
beginning topics to advanced wizardry. Is your library up to speed?