Seems I managed to extract one hour of use without freeze from the damn thing by removing the hard disk and smashing the damn thing on the floor repeatedly out of frustration. When sadism and computing meets ...
OLS and networking
The Linksys box we installed in the suite works pretty well. It's serving a lot of users in the building. This afternoon gb tried desperately to get other boxes to relay the servive for rooms without an ADSL connection. They are having much fun, but of course this isn't working :-) . Ssh'ed in the box, it's pretty cool to see a minimal Linux-2.4 system running. One of the speeches I went to today was about speeding up the boot process, but while I usually don't care, the constant reboots of the laptop have made me realize that it is really slow to boot. Even with a lot of services disabled, it's still horribly slow. Some of the recipes used by the embedded guys should be usable as-is for normal desktop systems, even if we don't reboot the Linux boxes often in normal conditions, speeding up that process would be part of the polishing we should put up for desktop offerings IMHO.