Ah ! at last i received my new laptop ! my previous was half-dead since it had no keyboard (i had to plug a regular keyboard) and had 3 minutes of battery... Well, yet another install party began this morning. I tested Mandriva Discovery (given with the laptop) and debian Ubuntu. That's really cool : people in the distros world have made good efforts to make installation process smarter and easier than Microsoft's OS installation. My new laptop is a HP/compaq nx9105 with eth10/100, wlan 802-11g, and a 56k modem; plus irDa, and USB etc.. etc... but no more floppy. Everything works under linux 2.6.8 with options 'nolapic' and 'noapic' given to the kernel. I had to install ndiswrapper to support my wifi chip, then the nvidia 2D/3D accellerator drivers for my videocard. Gnome 2.8 (given in ubuntu) is really impressive and sober. Good work linuxmen !