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Debian vs. Fedora on Laptops

My apologies for x-posting this.  I originally posted it to
debian-users and THEN noticed that there was a group specifically for
laptops.  It won't happen again.

I am looking to move from FC2 to Debian, but have questions...

1. I am still a Linux newbie.  Most of the install issues, both with
the OS and with applications, have been taken care of for me with the
slick install wizard and the RPM-based installations.  How much of a
learning curve would one be faced with from Fedora to Debian?

2. I have been reading two books, "Linux Pocket Guide," by O'Reilly,
and "Beginning Linux Programming," by Wrox.  Both tend to stress Red
Hat and Fedora.  Will these books still be of use to me on Debian?

3. My primary machine is a laptop (Toshiba 5005-S507).  Most of the
info I can find on Google, pertaining to laptops, is for Fedora or
Mandrake.  How well does Debian handle laptops?  Any URLs would be
GREATLY appreciated.

4. My second biggest problem on Fedora was/is wireless support.  I am
currently using FC2 with Linuxant's DriverLoader software on my
Linksys WPC54G PCMCIA NIC.  Be honest; am I going to be crying if I
try to set this up?

5. And, finally, my biggest problem, and one of the reasons I am
looking to leave Fedora, is ACPI.  I have to bypass it with later
versions of the FC2 kernel and with the base install of FC3.  And,
unfortunately, there are problems with my NIC if I bypass it.  How
tightly integrated is ACPI with Debian?  Any chance I can get away
from these issues by switching from Fedora to Debian.

Thanks, in advance, to anyone who chooses to respond.  Again, I have
tried looking, but keep coming up with tons of info for Fedora and
Mandrake.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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