Linux Monday Clips
Ubuntu 9.10 ("Karmic Koala") sets the goal of a ten-second bootup.
One of the things speeding linux up these days is the new ext4 file system, explained in detail here.
Here's how to upgrade Open Office 3.0 to 3.1 in Ubuntu (the new version just missed the cutoff, again) Looks geeky, but just follow the steps.
And to take it on the go, and as a backup, burn your configuration to a CD.