nomad was a laptop and was for a time the machine I used the most. It primarily ran Debian (testing/unstable) but there was a WIN2K-partition on it, as the machine was powerful enough to run most games released in 2003 or later... The root shell was zsh, the default wm windowmaker.

It died because of the screen: first the screen turned itself off at random, wiggling the mouse or hitting random keys would turn it back on. Gradually, the time between each turn-off/shutdown decreased, until it stood flashing, maybe on flash per second. Then the upper part started flashing separately from the lower part... It is caused by the backlight dying apparently. I've since seen two other lcd-screens die the exact same way, but thise were standalone.


Overview, IBM Thinkpad R40i. The details are: 256MB memory, 40GB harddrive, 15" 1400x1050 SXGA LCD (ATI Mobility RADEON 7500, 32 MB).

Drivers, Meaning of beeps, Error codes, Function-keys, Blinkenlichts, Display modes... gotta love Big Blue's penchant for documentation...


Primary OS : Debian testing (sarge).
shells : See "UNIX shell differences and how to change your shell"
bash, sh, tcsh, zsh
X Windows : Xfree 4.2.0
WMs : See "Window Managers"
twm, windowmaker
TERMs : mostly aterm. xterm for visitors