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Linux.com: Taking the Plunge: Installing Linux on a Laptop

Jan 10, 2000, 18:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jessica Sheffield)

"I awoke this morning filled with resolve to cleanse the evil taint from my sturdy little Toshiba laptop, named Angel after the fact that she is painted in the insignia of one of the Blue Angels. After spending a few minutes getting the last of my personal stuff off the hard drive and writing down the IRQs of all the hardware (hey, you just never know), I popped in my LinuxMandrake CD, rebooted, set the BIOS to boot off a CD first, and began the installation process. I put the project on hold for a few seconds to ingest more caffeine (when you're dumbfounded by a partitioning screen, more caffeine is very necessary), then plunged right in...."

"I'd only ever installed RedHat before (except for Slackware waaaaaay on back in high school, and one botched attempt at Debian that I don't even want to talk about), but all sources told me that LinuxMandrake was based off of RedHat, so I didn't expect to encounter any problems on that end. The problems I expected were with hardware - Toshiba has apparently forgotten that it ever manufactured my model of Satellite...."

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