The Laptop fiasco finally pushed me over the edge. I researched on the internet (including eavesdropping in this forum), and bought a copy of LinuxBible 2006. I've played with several live distros and must say that automatic hardware configuration has taken a giant leap forward.
* Lead author Christopher Negus is the bestselling Linux authorof such books as Fedora 10 and Red Hat Enterprise LinuxBible and Linux 2009 Edition Bible; he is also a memberof the Red Hat Enterprise Linux training team
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