GNU/Linux on HP OmniBook Laptops
This page covers the use of the
GNU/Linux operating system on
Hewlett-Packard OmniBook laptop computers. However, it is
also intended to be a resource for making OmniBook laptops run
GNU/Linux as well as possible, in the following ways.
This page provides detailed information
about status and configuration of GNU/Linux on the OmniBook 6000 and
the OmniBook 500.
Some of this information is valid for other OmniBooks, and we will add
information about new machines as it becomes available.
There is an associated
mailing list to build a community
of OmniBook users who use GNU/Linux. Please
the list and become a member of the community. The list is still new
so we need people to bring both questions and expertise.
HP is sponsoring this effort, and is eager to see GNU/Linux work as
well as possible on their products. HP will provide help to address
issues that prevent the full use of GNU/Linux on the OmniBook.
There is a rich collection of links to
I've created an OmniBook mailing list to encourage discussion about
these machines, and (for now) specifically to address issues regarding
the use of GNU/Linux on OmniBooks. Anyone can subscribe to the list;
go to the
subscription page to sign up. (Or send an email to
email@example.com with the word "subscribe" in
either the subject line or the message body.) The list is archived,
and the archive is viewable as a
Kernel Support for HP
OmniBooks and Pavilions provides Linux kernel support for HP
OmniBook and Pavilion machines. This supports: use of OneTouch
buttons; blanking the console; monitoring of battery, AC adapter, and
display status; control of thermal policy; and disabling the touchpad.
HP laptop page
has lots of useful documentation for OmniBooks that isn't available
elsewhere, including service manuals for many models.
HP HOWTO contains lots of information about using GNU/Linux with
HP products, including OmniBooks.
HP has a page for their
Other OmniBook 6000 pages:
Other OmniBook 500 pages:
Drivers for specific components:
apmd for Linux. This is where I downloaded the source to the
upstream apmd and discovered that its proxy script had solutions to
many of my APM issues.
ACPI support for Linux. This software is still very immature,
although it is possible to make it work with recent 2.4 kernels.
However, in 2.4 suspend-to-RAM isn't supported, although
suspend-to-disk is possible using the
patches. In recent 2.5 kernels, both suspend-to-RAM and
suspend-to-disk are supported without patches.
This page is maintained by Chris Hanson.
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