Finally, I am back online with my newly installed laptop. And with a MUCH bigger harddrive (320GB). So I divided it between WinXP and Kubuntu - a Linux variety. So far, almost all my time has been spent in Kubuntu and I am very impressed with how functional it is.
For Linux there are two recipe managers that stand out, but there actually seems to be more to choose from than under Windows.
Gourmet - Gourmet Recipe Manager
Krecipes - Krecipes >> About
I have installed the latter one and will get back with a little more info about how it works out.