This page is about installing and using Ubuntu Linux on Panasonic Toughbook CF-19

Installing Ubuntu

8.04 installs easily, either using netboot or DVD (from an external drive) or make a bootable install pendrive using unetbootin http://sourceforge.net/projects/unetbootin/

Configuring digitizer

Download the linuxwacom drivers version 0.8.1-4 from http://linuxwacom.sourceforge.net/

Then compile and install the new driver:

tar jxvf <tarball>
cd linuxwacom-<ver>
./configure --enable-wacom
make
cp src/xdrv/wacom_drv.so /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/wacom_drv.so
cp src/2.6.24/wacom.ko /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko
depmod -a

Add the following sections to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "cursor"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Mode" "absolute"
    Option         "Type" "cursor"
    Option         "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "stylus"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "stylus"
    Option         "Mode" "absolute"
    Option         "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "eraser"
    Driver         "wacom"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Option         "Type" "eraser"
    Option         "Mode" "absolute"
    Option         "ForceDevice" "ISDV4"
EndSection

And add the following lines to the ServerLayout section:

        InputDevice    "stylus" "SendCoreEvents"
        InputDevice    "eraser" "SendCoreEvents"
        InputDevice    "cursor" "SendCoreEvents"

Then reboot.

After that most of the laptop functionality works out of the box.

Screen rotating

You may want to add ability of screen rotating between landscape and portrait mode to your CF-18. First remember to turn off all compitz beautifiers :(. And sorry, no automated rotation this time.

Screen rotating functionality works great with the help of simple script (and sophisticated programmer who wrote it, thank you, Janek!). Open your text editor of choice as an admin (ie. "sudo gedit" in terminal), and copy/paste this text:

if [ "`xrandr|grep 'current 1024'|wc -l`" -eq "1" ]
then
    echo "Rotate right"
    xsetwacom set stylus rotate 1
    xrandr -o right
else
    echo "Rotate normal"
    xsetwacom set stylus rotate 0
    xrandr -o normal
fi

Save it with the name rotatescreen in folder /usr/bin/.

Execute sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/rotatescreen in terminal.

Now by executing "rotatescreen" command you will have your screen rotated between portrait and landscape mode. I created a simple activator with command rotatescreen in my panel - now all i have to do after changing position of physical screen is to tap an icon.

Known issues

Works out-of-the-box in 8.04

CF-19 (last edited 2008-10-10 16:40:35 by evanjfraser)