First post from my Linux laptop
I got a new laptop. I did something which I thought was very courageous -- I tried installing Fedora Core 3 on one of the latest laptops in the market. Two years back when I tried installing Redhat 8.0 on the Dell workstations I bought, I had great difficulty in getting the most basic things to work. I was not looking forward to that experience again, but that's the only logical step for me financially.
But I was in for a surprise. I could not only install everything in the first go, all the devices are supported very well for Fedore Core 3, including USB plug and play devices, touch pad, ATI Radeon graphics card, and what not. Furthermore, I could very easily find Yahoo messenger, Real Player 10, and many other supporting software on the internet.
It comes with pre-packaged Firefox browser, Thunderbird email utility, and OpenOffice.org suite of office functionalities. So, without having to pay for anything, I have a machine which can do almost everything a Windows system can do, except make money for Bill Gates.
Now, I am not anti-Windows, but I love Linux. Long live open source software development.