Toshiba Libretto W100

Author

Simon Urban

Introduction

So I've had a Libretto W100 for just over a year now and have been running the default Win7 Home Premium on it. The other day I decided to install Linux on it (totally replacing the Windows install, including the useless 7GB recovery partition.) I decided to use the Arch Linux x64 distro and have had surprisingly satisfactory results. If you have a Libretto W100 or have seen one then you'll know it only has 2 touch screens as input and one USB port (no optical drive) which made for an intersting install process.

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Specifications

NameToshiba Libretto W100
ProcessorIntel Pentium D Dual Core U5400 @1.2GHz
Screen2x 7“ Multi-touch Touchscreen LCD Displays
RAM2GB DDR3 800MHz
SSD60GB SSD
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel On-board (Toshiba branded)
NetworkWireless LAN, Built-in 3G, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesDefault drivers worked perfectly.
ScreenYesTouch input wasn't particularly tricky to setup. X works just fine.
SSDYesDefault drivers worked perfectly. Used ext4 file system.
Optical DriveNoNo optical drive on device.
Graphics ChipYesDefault Intel drivers worked without issues.
VGA OutNoNo VGA Out on device.
DVI PortNoNo DVI Port on device.
HDMI PortNoNo HDMI Port on device.
DisplayPortNoNo DisplayPort on device.
Touch ScreenYesSee Notes section.
SoundYesAlsamixer worked perfectly.
Built-in MicrophoneYesAlsamixer works great.
Headphone JackYesAlsamixer works great.
Microphone JackYesOnce again, Alsamixer works great.
EthernetNoNo ethernet port on device.
WirelessYesWorked perfectly using default software when connecting to Open and WPA2 protected networks.
BluetoothYesWorks great.
ModemNoNo modem on device.
USBYesYes, worked with default drivers. However, see USB section in Notes below.
ESATANoNo ESATA on device.
FirewireNoNo Firewire on device.
Card ReaderNot TestedWill edit once I've tested.
ExpressCard SlotNoNo ExpressCard on device.
Fingerprint ReaderNoNo Finger Reader on device.
WebcamNot TestedWill edit once I've tested.
Smart Card ReaderNot TestedWill edit once I've tested.
Docking StationNoDoesn't support a plug-in docking station.
Touch PadNoNo Touch Pad on device.
Track PointNoNo Track Point on device.
Suspend/ResumeYesWorks with default settings.

Notes

General:
I followed the Beginner's Guide on the Arch Linux Wiki and had no troubles with most of the install. It does depend on how you want to set up your Linux install. I didn't want a Desktop Environment as I feel they just bloat the SSD (where space is a premium), so I went with i3 Window Manager which is more than enough. X has most of the settings required to setup the netbook (eg. telling the OS that it must display to 2 screens and rotate the bottom one 180°.)

USB:
As the Libretto only has one USB port and no optical drive, the only way to install Linux is with a USB flash drive. This, however, takes up the only USB port, which normally wouldn't be an issue except you need to plug a USB keyboard in as the only input method is the touch screens which won't work for OS installs. I got around this issue by using a USB hub (Logitech H-UE5a) which worked out-of-the-box.

Libretto “Keyboard” and “Home” keys:
I haven't yet managed to map these keys to user-functions (so currently they're useless). At the very least I would like the Keyboard key to launch an onscreen keyboard. I will edit this post when I manage to get that working.

Summary

Overall, this netbook is more than capable of running Linux. I would recommend you only try if you have previous experience with the distro of your choosing. I'm very happy with my install (boots to “desktop” in 2.5s). Currently I can only login with a USB keyboard plugged in, but I'm looking at auto login or GUI login as a way around this. Also, I haven't managed to find an onscreen keyboard that I'm happy with.


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toshiba_libretto_w100.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/06 10:14 by 192.96.15.10
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