cheers mellis! i reconded it would be fine since its java based, but i thought i'd double check!
i wont be getting my new laptop for a month or two yet david, but i will be installing os x86 on an old pc to see what software issues i get with the rest of my programs, so i'll try installing arduino and see if it works, even if i can just get the ide up and running for the time being i'd be happy.
i'll report back if/when i get anywhere with it. though i may need some help with this, so get yer thinking hats on....