Still no laptop…

About two weeks ago, my otherwise trusty IBM ThinkPad X31 laptop started acting weird: it froze at random, threw kernel oopses and otherwise locked up hard. Occationally, it even refused booting – showing nothing but a black screen at power on. After being able to reproduce these problems under execution of simple applications such as memtest86+ I saw no other solution other than to send in my laptop for repairs.

This is rather unfortunate, as the laptop is also my primary (and only) Gentoo development box. Although I quickly managed to get my Soekris net4801 set up with mail client (You may congratulate me; I’ve switched from Evolution to Mutt due to this) etc, its 266MHz pentium-mmx class CPU – an NSC Geode SC1100 – is not very well suited for any major development.

Going on second week, my X31 is still at the shop for repairs. Hopefully I will soon hear from them – and have my main development box back. Until then, non-critical updates and bug fixes on the packages I maintain may be a little slower than usual…

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