Talk about a long time or what!!! rigwelter (spelt your name wrong sorry mate) said something on his site about having an account here, which reminded me to start writing this again.
A lot has happened. I no longer work at SuSE (I chose to leave) and now work at a company called cinesite (www.cinesite.com) in the UK. I look after all things Linux and will be migrating them from Irix (I hate it) to Linux (hurrah!).
I am now the proud owner of an ibook (2001) and and ipod. I love this thing, last 5 hours on battery and just looks sexy, street cred a plenty methinks! I am going to be throwing Linux at it soon because quite frankly OSX is sloooooow and OS9 is pap. Did quite a bit of research today to see if USB, firewire, sound etc work and apparently they do. Also came across a site talking about ipod on Linux, so my MP3 collection may survive the transition (hopefully). AFAIK you can get the MP3s from the ipod in Linux, but cannot put them on as there is a bin database that holds misc info on all the MP3s there and the ipod won't see them if they do not have an entry. Someone will crack it soon and have the db sorted and once they do I will try to code up a nice Gnome (now do I got for 1.2 or 2.0 API!?) app for it.
I am excited about the progress Ximian have made with evo and with xst, should make life and people's impression of Linux on the desktop a lot better. Only good things can happen I think.
I will post my findings about Linux on the ibook after I get it all sorted.