Installation instructions for the ThinkPad 390
Although more conventional methods may work, on a 390 with no working floppy or CD-ROM Linux was successfully installed on this machine by putting the harddrive an another laptop (a T21) installing on it there normally, and then swapping the hard drive back in, without any special fussing.
Distro specific Instructions
Mandriva 2006 installed on a 390E (256 Megs of RAM, 333 Mhz), with no special effort needed. However, if you want to use the modem, after you have rebooted you'll need to follow the instructions at Installing Ltmodem driver for Mandriva. Linux ran faster than I expected and was quite usable on the machine.
- Craig Kulesas Linux (Redhat) on a ThinkPad 390E pages
- Allin Cottrells Linux on a ThinkPad 390E page
- Patrick Reas Mandrake 10.1 on a ThinkPad 390E page
- Adam Spiers' Linux on the IBM ThinkPad 390E page