Linux on Laptop

Photo by Lyndsey Clare Pickup

Thanks to a European Sun colleague of mine who was visiting me this afternoon (I'm not naming him explicitly because I've not asked for permission), I'm now finally able to use Suse 9.2 on this laptop of mine at home.

The biggest challenge, which I'd failed to overcome on my own earlier but which my friend easily resolved for me, was wireless LAN driver problems with the Centrino chipset. Basically, with a driver tool, we were able to configure the system to use the Windows XP driver for the Centrino chipset.

My next wish is to move to a laptop where this sort of gimmickry won't be necessary at all.

Nevertheless, right now, I'm just enjoying this new Unix-like environment with a superb GUI and tools.

What liberation must millions upon millions be feeling as they move off to Unix-like environments, whether it is OS-X, any flavor of Linux, JDS or Solaris x86!

With the Open Office tools, there's really no reason not to try. In the last year, even as I used Windows XP on this laptop, my office "productivity" tool was Star Office version 7, and I had absolutely no problems exchanging Microsoft documents (including change tracking mark ups) with dozens of colleagues working for various companies who are Sun customers and partners or with whom I interact in standards organizations.

I'll be savoring this for some time.

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