I was able to put on the text-based interface but I never was able to start X in any shape or form. I probably missed a few drivers so I delved into the shell and started programming. Last time I wrote code on Unix was on August 5th, 1999. It felt wierd to fire up 'vi' and still feel at home. Without X running, it was pointless to do any graphics. So I toyed around a network 'chat' program to check the system out for a few hours. vi/make/gdb, Yeah! I felt that all those years with Microsoft Visual Studio I spent as a spoiled kid.
I knew SuSE was not going to be up to par for my laptop, and I didn't want to pay for an upgrade. It took my a few days to download the last version of Debian 3.1 'Sarge' and install the latest goodies. As of last night I am a happy Linux machine owner. I still have some kinks to work out with the damn mouse, but it works rather well overall.
This pretty much sums up what I'm going to do during the xmas break: Linux, C++, Kdevelop3, OpenGL, Subversion. No more management meetings, project evaluations, endless budget discussions, or marketing event schedule changes. Just programming. That's what I call a vacation... |8-}