Finally…

Finally…

This morning, General Logistics Systems finally delivered my new laptop. Or rather, almost didn’t deliver it. A bit of street in front of the house was broken up and the driver obviously didn’t want to walk the thirty or so meters with a smallish package. So he’d written up the Addressee Not At Home slip and slipped it into our letterbox. Well, we were just as obviously at home so I contacted GLS through their mailform, asking them to phone the driver to go back and deliver the package.

Well — you can probably imagine my surprise when that actually was what happened: the driver came back, delivered the package all the while loudly expostulating that really, he had rung the bell, obviously we hadn’t heard it ring. Yeah, right… The idiomatic Dutch word is smoesjes.

The X61 tablet laptop is pretty spiffy: kubuntu gutsy installed like a dream, after upgrading to todays version sound and wireless worked. Two things aren’t working yet: the wired lan connection and resume-after-suspend. The former just doesn’t do anything. That’s a bit of a problem since my home dir is about 25Gb and it takes a long time to restore over the air. The other issue is weird: the laptop does resume, but I have to go back to an ascii console to get the screen back. I’ll investigate some more.

The Gutsy installer is pretty confusing in one area, by the way. I wanted to resize the vista partition (didn’t want to delete it — I want to see how vista does the handwriting recognition, and I want to try Corel Painter), but somehow I confused the old and the new partition and managed to give Vista 80GB instead of Linux. Which meant that my home dir didn’t fit, which in turns means reinstallation time…

But twisting the lid and sketching with Krita is really a truly marvellous experience. I’ll see about getting rid of the cursor and the fringe benefits (dockers, toolbox) and adding a few shortcuts for stylus-only mode.