I wrote several posts about the Linux support on Toshiba Protege 2000. Actually I’m still using this elegant laptop to write this article now. It turns out Ubuntu has done quite a impressive work to support laptops. After I installed Debian to replace Ubuntu, the function keys stopped working because no ACPI events will be generated by key pressing. I traced acpid, hal and toshiba-acpi module in kernel space trying to solve this, and finally I found out Ubuntu patched toshiba-acpi in their kernel to support Toshiba specific hotkeys. So, right now I’m putting the patch into my Debian kernel source and re-building it. We will see if it works later.
The patch works. Now my debian system could support every hotkey on Protege 2000.