it's distro time!
Unfazed, I popped in the live CD of Ubuntu Linux ... boot screen, ok. After that, nothing. The live-CD fell flat on it's face trying to boot. Wow. Umm. Now what ? Dammit. I really wanted Ubuntu on the laptop. Do I pledge my pennies to the mighty conglomerate ? It looks like it. I still have a few more distro options up my sleeve, ranging from Suse to the somewhat sluggish Mandrake.. but, but, but ... dammit. I'm not done yet.