My eyes burn and are stuck in a squinting position. And my head, it hurts. This is what happens when you spend four full days working on the HP Mini-Note. For those that have been following my escapades with the HP Mini-Note, Vista has been plaguing me. Vista proved decent for multitasking, Web browsing, and word processing, but even after several tweaks, it was just not able to handle Skype calls and other, more intensive tasks. Hoping to prove my on-the-fence-about-Linux boss wrong (because who doesn’t love when that happens), I set out to show that Linux can go mainstream by putting Xubuntu on the HP Mini-Note. Hearing that Open SUSE (which is a configured option offered by HP) was a more complicated flavor for the Linux-inexperienced, I set out to load Xubuntu on the Mini-Note this morning. I had no problem with the install. I burned Xubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) as an ISO file to a DVD and then hooked up an external DVD drive to the Mini-Note. I had to install the OS in a low-graphics mode, but after that it went smoothly. I had no problem configuring the settings and was greeted by a intuitive desktop screen. I really do like the look and feel of the menus and the task bars. But the hold-ups began as I searched for a wireless network to connect to. Apparently Xubuntu didn’t recognize the Broadcom wireless card in the Mini-Note. Thanks to lots of generous forum members, I was able to get some good leads on how to install the drivers; however, three hours later I was still tethered to an Ethernet cord and no closer to figuring out how to get the drivers. I then moved on to install Skype to see how video call performance would shape up. Not so easy. I tried a number of file installations, including the deb files offered by Skype and other sites, and inputted a lot of code into the Terminal. Does anyone know of any solid instructions for running Skype on Xubuntu 8.04? Needless to say my experience today has me running to the Microsoft XP camp! P.S. The Mini-Note should come with a USB travel mouse and a back brace to prevent hunching and general curvature of the spine.