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This web site details my attempt to install Linux on the Dialogue Flybook and get a fully working laptop system, with all the features I needed for use as an ultra-portable, take-anywhere machine for my consultancy business.
Please note that I am a Linux beginner. I usually use Mac OS X, and this install was part of a learning experience. Some of the information here may be inaccurate, and there will be better ways of doing what I've done!

The Dialogue Flybook is a very small, highly connected laptop. It is basically the size of an A5 paperback book, has a swivel screen for use both as laptop and as tablet, and has the following connectivity:

My Flybook came configured with a 1 GHz processor (Transmeta TM5800, so not that fast), 512 MB of RAM and a 40 GB hard drive. The RAM and drive space are particularly healthy for a machine of its size. The Transmeta was probably chosen for heat reasons, since it is a slow chip.
The Flybook manual doesn't state that any more than 512 MB of memory is supported (there is only one standard SO-DIMM slot), but if a low-profile SO-DIMM like those required for 12 inch Apple Powerbooks is used, it should work unless the BIOS prevents it.
Update: I have tried a low profile 1 GB DDR SO-DIMM from my 12 inch Powerbook. The Flybook freezes after the 'Dialogue' splash screen is shown. The existing RAM in the Flybook is marked as 333 MHz: however my Powerbook RAM is 266, so perhaps the RAM I tested isn't fast enough. The 1 GB low profile SO-DIMMs aren't cheap, so I'm not buying one on the off-chance it'll work. Anyone out there with a fast DDR 1 GB SO-DIMM they can test?

The Flybook has all the ports built in on the back of the unit, so no port replicator or expansion cables are required, and with all the wireless options it is remarkably complete. All you need to use it pretty much everywhere is the laptop and a power adaptor to occasionally charge it up.

Dialogue are a Taiwanese systems design company. Their Flybook product page is here.
As at when I initially built this page (January 2005), it is not yet in general distribution, and the current models sold have Microsoft Windows XP Home installed. It is a very clean install, the custom drivers appear to be robust and Service Pack 2 installs without breaking any of the functionality. Wireless networking support in particular is much improved in SP2. It's also surprisingly quick for XP and a Transmeta Crusoe CPU. However I am not a great fan of WinXP so I decided to attempt to install Linux on it. I am normally a Mac OS X user and not hugely experienced with Linux, so if any of the following information is crap, then let me know at!!

I have taken a bunch of photos of the Flybook to show size, ports, etc.