Jacob Frohlach writes: "O.k., I got approval for a new system in our publishing department that will be a completely F/OSS GNU/Linux system (we'll be running X, teTeX, Firefox, etc). I checked out some of the resellers who feature Linux systems but I'm not sure that's the way to go, I don't like their choice of distro. Come to think of it, I'd like to buy a brand new, sleek & sexy model for at home and want to buy it with a "no OS" option. What's the best way to shop for hardware when it comes to Linux?"
One of the chief duties of the mathematician in acting as an advisor...
is to discourage... from expecting too much from mathematics.
-- N. Wiener