Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
My employer has given me a Dell Latitude D630 notebook. It came with Windows XP SP2 installed. As delivered and configured it worked like a charm. Part of my job is developing and supporting applications running on RHEL 4. I decided to install Fedora 9 on this machine.
Rather than monkeying with the initial XP install, I ordered a blank drive for the Dell and swapped it in for the XP drive. That gave me a clean system with which to install Fedora 9 on and a fallback to get back to work. Here's what worked immediately after the Fedora 9 installation on the blank drive:
Drive encryption/decryption (I could log in)
Full screen resolution (1440 by 900) with 'free and open' driver but no 3D support
Every USB device I currently have