I've been following this OSx86 thing for a few weeks and I've finally decided it's about time to take the plunge. However I, though very computer literate, am not much of a true programmer. I do graphic design, typography, photography, web design, that's my world.
I'd like to rid myself of Windows XP completely. I don't have a desire or need to dual-boot. The only programs I use are OpenOffice, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Firefox, and a few others. I've read lots of installation guides and such, I think I've got it all down--nothing too hard for me. I've read the forums for hardware support, but am still trying to figure out this whole wireless thing before I go over to OSx86, my only internet is from wireless. My hardware to install OSx86 on is:
Dell Inspiron 8600
Windows XP Professional SP2
1.50 GHz Intel Centrino
1.25 GB RAM
40 GB Hard Drive
Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Ethernet
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 BG Network (Internal Wireless)
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 @ 1670x1050 pixels
I have an external 160 GB but it's got 70 GB free. I'd rather not touch it all. It's all my photography and design files.
Any advice / assistance would be greatly appreciated.
EDIT: That's a Dell 8600 not an 8500. I shouldn't type in the dark.