Gateway Handbook

The Gateway Handbook was a very small and lightweight subnotebook manufactured by Gateway Computers in the early 1990s.

After the success of the original Gateway Handbook, Gateway came out with a 486 model.The Handbook 486 was produced between 1993 and 1995. It shipped with either an 80MB or 130MB hard drive, 4 MB of RAM, and Windows 3.11 installed. The screen is limited to 640x480 resolution.

It is possible to install Linux or OpenBSD on these computers; the Handbook 486 is probably the earliest Linux-compatible subnotebook released.

I stopped using it when pc-card support stopped working in OpenBSD 2.3. It started working again in 2.5, if you change the list of available irqs, but since you can't turn pc-card power off or on without rebooting the machine it's not very useful to me. I now travel with my Palmpilot.

The Gateway Handbook remains one of the smallest laptops ever produced; other small laptops include the Toshiba Libretto, the Fujitsu Lifebook P1000 series, and the Panasonic R3.

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