I enjoyed your story. Now if we can just get you to stop all this dual-booting business...... This is good, friendly forum. My suggestion, if you want to help, would be that you load the latest version of 7.1 near-beta on one of your more modern machines and help work out the bugs.
Unfortunately I still have to occasionally have to use Windows, but rarely. Eventually I will get OS/2 installed on my Mini (a project for the future). As good as Linux is it can't quite compare with OS/2. So multiple op-systems will continue to reside on my computers.
From every thing I've read so far it looks to me like this is indeed a very friendly and helpful forum. I've been thinking seriously of installing Vector on my Gateway (no OS/2 for this machine as it is currently only a 32 bit Op-system ). Will I dump Fedora? Maybe.
I'm also thinking of doing a Linux -from-Scratch system on my ThinkPad ( can't think of a better way to learn the ins and outs of Linux ). Yes OS/2 is on that machine as well so it will stay multi-boot. I think Vector Linux will definitely stay on this machine as well.