Linux on a Fujitsu Lifebook S6520


This is a simple description of how I installed Linux and applications on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6520. It may help an audience like me, one that is relatively computer-literate, but not an expert. In particular, it is assumed that you know how to use a Unix command line (in other words, the terminal). You may be able to get away without knowing that for simple system configurations, but don't complain to me if you get into trouble. Remember that Linux has hidden files, whose names start with a point, that only show up if you select "show hidden files" or with the command line if you do ls -a.


  1. What Linux version work on this machine, as of May 2009: The remaining parts of this web page are mostly about the Ubuntu installation, with some digressions to Debian.
  2. Some notes on the actual installation of the operating system.
  3. First boot into Linux
  4. Install packages
  5. Mount your disks
  6. Set up printers
  7. Enable terminal bell
  8. Enable modem dial sounds
  9. Set up backups in Linux
  10. Modify menus in Gnome
  11. Samsung CLP-510N printer under debian linux