After some serious deliberations on my side, I finally changed my computer. The switch – I changed to a Fujitsu-Siemens PA1510. It’s a nice piece of hardware with almost everything what I need in my work built-in the computer.
My first comments using it are – „So far so good“. I managed to install a copy of the Ubuntu Linux distribution without any major effort and most of my hardware ran plug-and-play at once. Still I have problems with the sound card under the Ubuntu – up to now I can’t make it input any sound from the sound capturing device (the microphone) what so ever. I’m waiting for the next version of the Ubuntu that is coming in a couple of weeks or so.
The transition between the old and new machines was quite easy this time (as opposed to the last time when I changed computers). Using this tutorial I quite simply managed to import my Firefox/Thunderbird browser and mail settings. Transferring my documents was just a simple matter of copying from hard to to the other. The challenging task, however, was how to name the new computer. This stage has always given me hard time since in such a moment I’m quite undeciseve on how to name the piece of hardware. It may sound silly (and I suppose it is), but that was tough. Now the laptop is named Deimos – after the one of the sons of Ares (Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus) from Greek mythology, also known as god of panic. Panic, because I wanted to make some connection with my favorite book – the „Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“ and the famous quote „Don’t panic!“
Again I say so far, so good. Deimos is up and running. Expect more feedback on this machine soon!