As you may recognize my new laptop is quite a little bit poorly supported by Linux at the moment. Maybe in a few weeks the support of the hardware will be good enough so that switch to Linux again. Until
I tested to run openSUSE 11.3 on the Toshiba Satellite R630 without deleting the pre-installed Windows 7 Home Edition. The experiences I made shall be valid in 95% for the Toshiba Portege R700/705 as well as the Dynabooks R730 too. At the end the tests where not very satisfying but it looks like the Linux support will be better in the near future.
After looking around I found out that Toshiba is offering a consumer version of the Portege R700 which belongs to the Satellite-Series the R630 (in the US it is the Portege R705). At the beginning I thought that the device looks similar and has similar specifications, but must be different regarding build quality and features. In the end I found out that the differences are quite small related to the physical device!
Today I found two very nice pinball simulators (for MS Windows) which do have a good support by a table building community. Both simulators are basically tables editors which can execute the designed tables.
So far I was used to use some kind of office product to write the text and manage the literature directory, preferred a version of StarOffice or later OpenOffice. In 99% of all cases this is very suitable for writing letters and a short text with not to many pictures and drawings. But when text has a specific length, some more pictures/drawing or special directories (e.g. references, index, tables, literature …) is can get very tricky and you have to do a lot of manual workaround. And that is the point where LaTeX/ TeX is jumping in.