As I mentioned earlier I have just switched to Ubuntu Linux -- however despite early promise there were ongoing problems with Java and Eclipse. In a bit to fix this I have switched to a 32 bit environment.
If this does not work then I think my next option may be to use bloody Windows :-(.
Well that seems much better -- it all seems to work out of the box (Skype, Java, Eclipse, Firefox plugins etc etc) except I have not set up wireless yet.
And now wireless and hybernation work without too much effort.
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