I have the work laptop (win2k), and an old Pentium 166 running win98 for burning CD's and running my X10 network. I also have a Pentium 200 RedHat server, and am getting ready to format a Pentium 266 laptop to use for a RedHat desktop. I still use my Win2k laptop for most things, but hopefully, the new Linux laptop will overtake it. I have to install MrHouse on the Linux server, and figure out a good app for burning CD's. Then I'll have three Linux boxen, and the day-to-day Win2k laptop. Unfortunately, all my boxen are too slow to run VMWare realistically. <sigh> There is lots of learning involved in Linux, though. One tip ( and this may one day make it as a tip on thelist) - when installing and using Linux - WRITE IT DOWN! Setting up your network card? WRITE IT DOWN! A couple of days later, you'll forget how you did it and it'll take you a while to figure out how to do it again. Modifying your start up settings in /etc/init/rc.d to enable Samba? WRITE IT DOWN! It'll take you longer to figure out how to do it the second time. A Linux Log ( I prefer a composition notebook of graph paper, like I needed for high-school chemistry class) is essential, and will save hours of time. I know this because I keep forgetting to do it, and now I have big pieces of paper on my Linux boxen that read - you guessed it - WRITE IT DOWN. Chris Evans chris at fuseware.com http://www.fuseware.com PS - apparently, a couple of Long Island Iced Tea's make me a bit verbose.