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July 2006.  I've installed SuSe Linux 7, 8, 9 and 10 on my Sony PCG Vaio Notepad,
affectionately nicknamed the Kiwi, partly because it's small and cute.

From the CDs, the installation proceeds smoothly, the only issue is that the
boot prompt needs this short incantation appended to make the machine recognise
the external (Sony) PCMCIA CD drive from where you are probably going to
install the OS.

    ide2=0x180,0x386 pci=conf2
Although the screen is quite small, probably at the limit of what is practical,
the keyboard is surprisingly usable at 95% the size of standard keyboard.  I've
written, or co-authored, 3 books and completed or supplemented numerous
programming contracts from this little beauty.  It runs a full Oracle
installation, (standard - not mini or laptop or personal), versions 7, 8 and 9,
happily in only 256 MB of RAM even though the minimum requrements are supposed
to be 512 MB or 1 G, (although you might not want to use it as a dedicated
production database server ;-), and has completely outperformed it's extremely
small footprint.  Compare with the more recent SuSe 10 installation on a        BenQ Joybook R55
An excellent wee beastie!

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