All told, it's a very nice laptop that I plan to use as my work laptop. (I'll do my best to leave the iBook as my home machine now, we will see.) The only downside is that it shipped with Windows ME. As I am a sysadmin by trade, and an OS tinkerer by hobby, that simply will not do. ;-) I've only had it for a day or two, but here are my experiences thus far trying to shoehorn Linux on to this thing:
linux noprobe pci=off nopcmcia ide2=0x180,0x386 textThis results in a text-mode install, but at least it works. Debian Woody only needed the ide2=0,180,0x386 option, but that's because it used an ancient 2.2 kernel. I tried booting it with a 2.4 kernel, it didn't work. So, for now anyways, I'm sticking with Red Hat. Anything's got to be better than the Windows ME that it shipped with!
I haven't had the laptop for long, but so far I've tried the following OSs:
Fedora Core 2Works perfectly. The laptop all of a sudden stopped booting from CD-ROM, so I had to do an upgrade with the .iso on the hard drive. It was actually easier in the end. Odd that Mdk didn't have these problems.Linux Mandrake 10.0Installs perfectly, no kernel options. (Maybe because of 2.6, hopefully FC2 will too!)Red Hat 9 -> FC1 upgradeBroke everything... UghRed Hat 9Worked, linux noprobe pci=off nopcmcia ide2=0x180,0x386 textWindows 2003 ServerWorked, No soundWindows ME restore CDFailed, Failed on bootup. I hate ME anyway, so I gave up on it.Debian Woody 3.0r1Worked, linux ide2=0x180,0x386