In August 2000, I bought my first laptop, an ultra-slim Sony VAIO PCG-Z600NE. Being a Unix adict since my early days at the university, where we were used to stable, user-relatively-friendly machines, I had to have my own toy to play with Linux (as I had and still have no possibility to work on such a machine for everyday work).

To administer Linux on the VAIO (proprietary everything!) in 2000 (SuSE 7.0), was a challenge for the admin-beginner I was, although I had quite some knowledge on Unix as a user. But it was also, and still is a lot of fun! I learnt a lot from the writing of the others on the web, and I found myself writing down recipes on how to do or not to do things - to be able to redo, just in case something goes wrong :-)

In the meantime, I've changed the laptop, and I spent some time to put all those writings in more or less readable format in order to share my experiences, that the others could consult.

Originally (August 2003), there was a single, huge page that I split into several ones, as follows:

I am not sure I would dare to attempt the upgrade from SuSE 9.0 -> 9.1, for two reasons: 1) the new kernel, 2.6 is very different from the ones I know, 2.4 and lower; and, 2) I apreciate the great work that SuSE people do, and I simply buy their distribution every 1.5-2 years, to contribute for their effort.

Since I'm usually waiting for the second version of a SuSE release (in this case, SuSE 9.2 or 10?), I guess there will be no new content on this page before the end of this year.

cool penguins

In the search for cool icons and pics for this page, I found the coolest ones here. And my starting point was this page.

My favourite: tux and billy boy