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What *nix do you recommend for a laptop?
I use Solaris (9 and 10) and RedHat (3 and 4) at work.
I use Ubuntu at home and love it. It has a great package manager and works "right out of the box".
I recommend Ubuntu if you want to use the laptop to get other things done. Other Linux flavors are easier to tweak/customize.
I don't have any experience with OSX, so I can't compare it with Ubuntu.
Use subroutines for code reuse
Master regular expressions
Write my GUIs with Perl
Abandon CGI in favor of some modern web framework
Put my code in modules
Create CPAN distributions
test and document my code as I write it
Write OOP with or without animal help
Finally switch to a modern Perl style
Create a killer application with Perl
Detoxify from Perl and PerlMonks
Choose another language because Perl is dead
Learn to program for mobile devices
Complete my secret world domination project
None, because the road to hell is paved with good intentions
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