I am going to jump into this thread and talk about my new machine.
Well, my new laptop just arrived yesterday. I was so excited. It was an IBM T42P. I have had some experience with IBM in the past. I used to have a T23 at work. I always thought they were well built machines. Granted that they were never speed deamons, but as a travel machine, they performed well and did not weigh 10 pounds.
The specs of my machine does not compare to that of BladeRiders race horse. Mine are as follows:
1.8g CPU, 1G ram, 60G 7200 rpm HDD, 15" screen, 128M ATI Fire T2 Video UXGA 1600x1200, CDR/DVD, ABG wireless, Bluetooth, 10/100/1000 ethernet. Oh, and the downside of it is that it has XP pro installed.
Well, that has changed quickly. I will explain later.
I felt like I was a kid in a candy store when I opened the box. I could not wait to fire it up. Damn I am such a geek. I plugged in hte power, connected my local network cable, and powered it up. After a couple of setup questions, I arrived to the desktop. All of the sudden, the wireless dialog box popped up telling me that it has found 5 unprotected wireless lans available for me to choose from. This really scares me. What is with people not protecting thier information. Granted that even WEP is not secure but it is better than wide open. And no, I did not connect.
Now, on to the OS issue. I did not want to blow away the OS. Their are one or two windows programs that I wanted to run. So I decided to create a dual boot machine. First thing I had to do was make rescue and recovery CDs incase I did something wrong. This process took quite a while. The next thing I used was partition magic to resize NTFS. This took about a minute to do. This type stuff amazes me. I dod not know how this is possible but it works.
The next step was loading Linux. I had my choice of RH fedora core or SUSE 10. Most of my experience is with RH. I can setup a basic RH network in about 15 minutes all in command line. It is quite easy. Now with SUSE it seems that it is more graphical in nature but what I have heard, it works very well with laptops. I chose SUSE and gave it a try. I must say it was quite easy. It saw the windows partition and the partition that I created with partition magic. It loaded Linux on that partition. GRUB took care of the dual boot stuff and now I can choose which OS to boot to. It was very painless.
I now have a dual boot laptop with complete networking from wired to wireless capability. So far, it has been a great success. More reviews to come. I am so giddy. I can't wait to go home and tinker with my new machine.