A: There's no fixed answer to this question, because
notebook hardware is constantly updated, and getting the X display,
sound, PCMCIA, modem, and so forth, working, can take a good
deal of effort.
Most notebooks currently on the market, for example, use "Winmodems,"
which often do not work with Linux because of their proprietary
hardware interfaces. Even notebooks which are certified as "Linux
compatible," may not be completely compatible.
Information about installing Winmodems in general is contained
in the Winmodems-and-Linux-HOWTO. Refer to Where
Is the Documentation?.
You can find the most current information, or ask other users
about their notebook experiences, on the linux-laptop mailing
list, which is hosted by the vger.redhat.com server.
Refer to What
Mailing Lists Are There?.
A mailing list for Linux on IBM Thinkpads has its home page
Another Thinkpad mailing list is hosted by http://www.bm-soft.com/. Send email with
the word help in the body of the message to email@example.com.
There is a Web page about Linux on IBM Thinkpads at http://peipa.essex.ac.uk/tp-linux/.
The Linux Laptop home page is at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/linux-laptop/.
For information about interfacing peripherals like Zip and
CD-ROM drives through parallel ports, refer to the Linux Parallel
Port Home Page, at http://www.torque.net/linux-pp.html.
If you need the latest version of the PCMCIA Card Services
package, it is (or was) located at ftp://cb-iris.stanford.edu/pub/pcmcia/,
but that host no longer seems to be available. Recent distributions
are on ftp://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux/kernel/pcmcia/.
You will also need to have the kernel source code installed as
well. Be sure to read the PCMCIA-HOWTO, which is included
in the distribution.