This is my first install of Linux since I played with a "Live Floppy" of Red Hat on a 386. It lasted about 5min, when I decided to see if root could just "rm *" from / without being any confirmation. Thus ended my early days of Linux.
Current linux is Ubuntu Dapper Beta on a Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi. Great laptop, and it's under $2000 US.
I'm deployed in Iraq right now, so gettings things up and running solely on Linux is a little difficult, although getting easier as this place becomes more developed.
I may be contacted at email@example.com directly.