"Recently, I embarked on yet another odyssey of epic proportions
with my laptop. Previously, I told you about my switch from Windows
to Linux and the idiosyncrasies I encountered. Well, what with all
the hoopla and fanfare over the 2.4 kernel, I wanted to share in
the joy of being on the cutting edge with everyone else. On top of
upgrading my kernel, I purchased a USB CD-RW HP 8200 series drive,
and figured that this new toy would make the work worth the effort.
Not only would I have a screaming new kernel, but I could burn all
my MP3s to CD and.... Oh wait, no I mean I could burn new beta CDs
of Mandrake and Red Hat and try them out."
"Yeah, that's what I meant."
"When I installed Linux on a laptop previously, I was using a
Toshiba. This time around, I'm using a Quantex. (Very similar to a
Dell except that Quantex has gone belly up. They closed last summer
due to bankruptcy.) It's not a sexy little number like the Sony
Vaio, but it is an excellent desktop replacement with an easy to
read 15 inch screen. Here's a quick run-down on the hardware I have