Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
Short and sweet: I gave my little Thinkpad a proper Debian installation, this time in its native language. Now the little guy is running fast and furious, and is quite entertaining to watch.
That will keep me busy, learning all the ins and outs of Gnome, with everything in kanji. Installation took about an hour, which is less than it’s taking to install and update everything for XP on the Pavilion (more on that later). I still have a few issues to correct, but I’ve already uninstalled the dazed and confused network-manager package, Gnomebaker (no CD burner on this), and I plan on adjusting a few other things.
Anyway, it’s a fun thing to watch, this little 550Mhz machine chugging along with a replete desktop environment in place. Very enjoyable.