Well I seem to have my new laptop working pretty well. I decided to just put KDE 3.5 alpha1 on there from the start and see how it goes! It is working great with the new hal/pmount stuff. I was using the old hal/pmount stuff on KDE 3.4 which worked really well but the inclusion of pmount was delayed quite a bit for various reasons I won’t even go near… I have been looking at the possibility of getting KDE 3.4 working with the new hal/pmount API but that doesn’t look as easy as I had first hoped. The KDE bug shows some progress but it is not working yet.