Linux on CF-29

Panasonic Toughbook CF-292009-10-13-181002

My Specs:  Intel Centrino 1.3 GHz, 768 MiB DDR RAM, and currently a 40 GB HDD.  Integrated 802.11 b/g WIFI.

I have been pretty busy working lately so I haven’t had much of a chance to test different distros on the 29. But, I have installed openSUSE 11.1 and Ubuntu 9.10 on it.  I had problems with openSUSE recognizing the wireless, but I didn’t play with it much.  Ubuntu on the other hand, works like a charm.  Actually, it runs better on the 29 than my desktop does.  No problems with anything, except for the backlight shutting off when I press suspend and the graphics being sluggish at times(rarely, though).  Otherwise it’s great!  When I get a chance I will test and share more.  If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask!


  1. mhm.
    10 March 2010 at 08:31

    Did the touchscreen and the digitizer work right away, or was it necessary to configure it manually?

    • 29 March 2010 at 12:52

      As I have mentioned before, the TB I have does not have a touchscreen, so I can’t comment.

  2. lexo
    26 March 2010 at 20:10

    hi, im new to linux and i need help… i help. i have cf-29 1.6 mobile, 1.5 gig of ram. 160 hdd. gps. touchscreen, wifi, cd/dvd, i really want to try ubuntu 9.10 on it please help me with drivers… after installing OS where do i get the drivers and i have veard there is problem with gps and touchscreen and if there is help for that it will be great… thank u guys…

  3. nikolai
    3 January 2013 at 21:48

    Hi…can I request a step by step procedure in installing ubuntu on a cf-29 MK2? just bought one and I am not thet technically inclined on computers…but would like to change the exisitng xp to ubuntu, coz I’ve read that it runs better compared to an xp.

    I will also be using windows office for my day to day work…appreciate your help on this one…thanks

  4. nikolai
    3 January 2013 at 21:49

    also…what would you recommend…ubuntu or the linux?

  5. Jesko
    1 February 2014 at 02:32

    Hi byrd, running Debian Wheezy LXDE on the same machine works great, too. You need the firmware.iso, otherwise the installer gets stuck. With Network Manager it got me into WLAN in no time. Using OpenVPN and rdesktop I now use it for work every day. There is a touchscreen calibration tool of which I keep forgetting the name, which I downloaded and ran once, so this was no problem, either. So Debian is a good choice as well.

  6. Steve S
    22 September 2014 at 10:34

    Hi 🙂 … would you know if ubuntu will recognize the DB9 serial/com port that is built into the CF-29 for direct use via “PuTTY” ?

  7. Wzrd1
    25 August 2015 at 18:14

    I had gotten the touchscreen working under Ubuntu 12.04, still trying to get it going under 14.04.
    Annoyingly, the device was detected and displayed by xinput as “LBPS/2 Fujitsu Lifebook TouchScreen”, which has now managed to disappear.

  8. 21 March 2016 at 04:03

    Hello, Is there a touchscreen way to tap the mouse? right click/left click?

  1. 24 February 2013 at 11:40

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