With Kubuntu Intrepid 8.10, I can delightedly say that installing Linux in form of a Debian variant - my kernel/operating system of choice for most tasks - on a new Dell Latitude XT went flawlessly and got most of its hardware to work out-of-the-box. The remaining adaptations that I did on my system are mentioned here.
Note: I couldn’t get Kubuntu Hardy 8.04 in its AMD64 version to install - the kernel wouldn’t find its installation CD with the Latitude XT attached to its Mediabase.
This is just a quick page describing what works on my notebook under Linux and (sometimes) how I got it working :-) It is no longer up-to-date, but might still be of use to somebody. Since about a year, I now work with an IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad T42p.
I would not have been able to set all that up without the help of many other webpages like this one. Therefore I want to give a short summary on the infos I have gathered, especially trimmed for the Gericom Phantom notebook (which is IMHO a very nice one).
Howto use Debian GNU/Linux on a Thinkpad T42p Many of the hints on this page have actually been collected from similar pages scattered over the web; the Thinkpad series of notebooks already has strong support for running Linux on them and a wealth of information is available. Thanks to all other web authors who provided their experiences that helped me in setting up my machine as it is now. However, a few bits and pieces in here are mine, so it might be helpful to others if I share them.