I am planning to use an IBM ThinkPad 560 notebook to handle some data
acquisition tasks. One of the instruments I use has a PCMCIA interface,
another sends data via a serial link and the third has a proprietary
interface board on the ISA bus for which I already wrote a device driver
for a desktop Linux box.
My question is then the following: will I be able to run Linux on this
In particular, will I be able to do all the three data acquisition task
under Linux (not at the same time, if needed)?
No problem I guess for the serial link.
The ISA board could go into the expansion box of the ThinkPad (a kind of
docking station if I got it right), but will my device driver work in
this case, i.e., is the ISA bus on the expansion box appearing to the
kernel exactly as if it was in a desktop PC?
Finally, assuming I get all the specification of the PCMCIA interface,
do you think that developing a device driver for that interface would be
The last question is particularly interesting as I am planning to buy
several other PCMCIA expansions, such as a modem and an ethernet card,
and I would like to use them under Linux as well.
I know that the problem is hard, but I am quite confident that somebody
in the area could help me.
!!! Please, save me from Windows'95 !!!