OK, to fill some pages I will write down something about experiences with Linux, what I am doing with it and things which are still missing from an end-users point of view.
First of all, I have created the most recent version of this page with Linux tools alone. Some images and older sediments of my site may incorporate Windows-generated images, but nowadays I have switched to Open source tools to create everything I want to show here.
Beside that I was heavily depending on a stable machine to do my Ph.D., which was one of the two main reasons for switching from Windows NT 4.0 (which tended to become unstable once every one or two weeks) to SuSE-Linux and Fedora Core 3. The other reason was, that most crystallography-software is written for UNIX, not for Windows, and the integration of a decent command-line under Windows is awkward at least.
Currently I'm developing Web-based applications on Linux- and Apple-machines, using Mozilla, PHP, Perl, Python, Webware, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Eclipse and Emacs (well, Emacs not so much any more...) to program distributed bioinformatics database-applications.
Installing Linux on Laptops.
Short note: Both pages will not get updates, as I don't own those laptops any more.
Blue pill or red pill...
Gentoo Linux on Small Systems
Except for the fact, that a small hard disk is quickly filled up by a load of gunk you might not need at all (but which is installed anyway, if you don't select rpm-packages by hand), those distros tend to be painfully slow (the current version of Quanta IS dead-slow even on my AMD Duron 700 (yess, CPUs have arrived ad 6.0 GHz meanwhile, I know)), and take eons to load the desktop (why? I was running Linux on my 486 ages ago).
There seems to be no real hope for a fast-and-small version of SuSE, therefore I had to look for something else.
(I have to admit, that almost everything which follows, has been stolen from an email I got from a friend, who setup all this on his machine ;-)).
Anyway, if you are interested in my installation-notes for a small-footpring Gentoo-system, read on.
Fedora Core 3 Workstation Installation Notes
Because people always want to see screenshots here are some of my home-desktop. They are slightly recursive, the first one shows an editing-session of this HTML-page, running SuSE 7.3/KDE 2.2 with an IceWM-theme, the second one shows the upload of the homepage, running SuSE 8.1/KDE 3.0 with the Quartz theme and some nice tools. The third one is SuSE 9.1 KDE 3.2.1 and Gimp 2.0 and the right-most is the recent Fedora Core 3 installation on my new AMD Athlon64 running Gnome 2.8.