"It's got a 'system restore' CD which Compaq is too
cheap to put Windows on. This is perhaps the single most
unforgivable item in a vast catalog of offenses. No, the Windows
cabs are all taking up much-needed space on the thing's puny 5GB
hard disk. So nuts to you if you fdisk the sucker and then fail to
get Linux working decently and have no choice but load Windows
again. Compaq will sell you the CD you'll need for that, the
damnable cheap bastards.
Of course it's got a Winmodem in place of a real modem, and we
all know it's just about impossible to make one of those toys work
with Linux, thanks to the trade-secret paranoia of their
manufacturers. And we all know how badly broken the 2.4.x kernel is
for PCMCIA, which I insist on having.
But I did fdisk the little junker, and it did feel awfully good.
And then I set about forcing Linux down its ungrateful
Windows-compatible little throat."