I would love to give OS X a try, but that would require new hardware (not likely). Instead I'm exploring several Linux distributions:
So far here are my opinions:
- Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
- Awsome distro! everything worked out of the box including wireless and bluetooth (though connecting the mouse does not have a graphical interface).
- The LiveCD installer mames any existing installs so install it first or use the Alternative CD.
- Doesn't have as much "corporate" support (at least my corporation).
- My Bluetooth mouse works with a little setup (including scroll wheel and nav buttons).
- I miss some of the KDE apps like Amorak.
- SUSE 10.1 KDE
- I like the colors and features of KDE
- The start bar is to big, this is a laptop and screen realistate is limited.
- Wireless doesn't work unless you remember to check the box that says "Use additional Software" at the beginning of the install and use the Add-ons CD.
- My Bluetooth mouse goes into sleep after 12 min inactivity. When it gets woken back up, It isn't recognized (though I found a fix for SUSE Gnome that I haven't tried in KDE yet.)
- Has a Windows domain option in YaST (though I haven't gotten it working yet.)
- Problematic YaST package manager (there are fixes, but they are tricky to recover from if you mess-up). Many folks are using the SMART package manager instead. The one catch I found with SMART is that it fails to connect to the pgp key server through the system proxy and you can't tell SMART to tell GPM to use a proxy (at least that I have found).
- SUSE 10.1 Gnome
- Nice tidy startbar
- Most of the other comments from KDE version apply here.
- I finally got my Bluetooth mouse to recover from a sleep and reconnect after reboot (haven't tested the fix on KDE yet.)
- Miss some of the KDE apps.
- Most forum help is on KDE.
- Scroll wheel on my mouse doesn't send any info back (using hcidump and cat /dev/input/mice).
This is a good post on using the Yast package manager and some repositories to add to it.