Sorry that u made bad experiences with RH9 or another distro! Since I operate Linux RH9 pretty much successfull on the SAME BOX like you (Acer Aspire 1705SCi) I can tell u that I can run win2K at the same time on the linux box with VMware. I can use any prg in the "windows shell" and save it in my home directory of Linux via bridged networking!! Basically I run win2k with VMware as a guest OS using Linux as a host from the same HD
and partition!! Besides that I can enjoy watching DVD's on XINE or MPlayer, RIP music CD's to mp3 files and play them with the ALSA-Player. (It's the BEST MediaPlayer on this planet!!!!).The current screen resolution is 1280X1024 with a colordepth of millions of colors!!!
I can tell u that everything is working except the wireless IEEE802.11b wireless LAN
where a Linux driver for the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 wireless network connection is currently under development.. (see http://www.intel.com/support/noteboo...059-prd955.htm
Anyway LINUX ROCKS!!!
The first step in that direction is to reinstall RH9 Linux using their modified 2.4.20-8 kernel on your acer box!
PS. if u send me ur email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
I can send u screenshots of my acer box!!!
Talk to u later!