My Toshiba Laptop

My Toshiba Laptop
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This is my Toshiba A105-S4074 laptop running Kubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft).

Specs:

OS: Kubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft)
HDD: 120g
PROC: Intel Core Duo T2050 @1.6ghz
RAM: 512mb
DISPLAY: 15.4" 1280×800

DVD-R/RW/RAM drive
4 USB 2.0 ports
1 Firewire port
1 ethernet port
2 PCMCIA slots
external monitor out
5in1 card reader
internal 802.11a/b/g wireless

This is the computer that I do most of my work on. I’m currently a student, so I -do- have to maintain a (very, -very- small) WinXP partition for a few things, though it almost never gets booted into. I have found OpenOffice 2.0 to be much better than 1.1 and previous offerings; so much so that, for all intents and purposes, it is a drop-in replacement for MS Word AFAIC. I have Dosbox installed for the few DOS-based programs that I need to use (really only QBASIC, for my ‘Programming Logic & Design’ class. Though WTF the professor was thinking when he decided to teach, of all languages, Q-How-Many-GOTOs-Can-You-Use-In-One-Program-BASIC in a beginning programming class, I’ll never know). I also grudgingly installed IE6 via ies4linux for those few websites that are maintained by brain-dead, asshole web-developers that care nothing for standards-compliance. Kubuntu is my new everyday distro of choice. I switched over from SuSE well before the whole Novell/Microsoft fiasco, but in light of the new ‘Microvell’ plague on the GPL and FLOSS, I’m undeniably glad that I did. Apt-get (and its GUI frontend, Synaptic) is the easiest package management system I’ve ever used in a distro. Dependencies are resolved automagically, and the sheer amount of OSS software available after a simple edit of your ‘sources.list’ is just amazing. I use Opera for web browsing most of the time, because its memory-footprint is negligible compared to Firefox. Round everything out with the -easiest- cd/dvd burning software bar-none, K3B, and I’m one happy Linux zealot and FLOSS advocate.