finally got a chance to see if my USB-->Lan addapter works in linux. Although not in Ubuntu (daper), it does seem to work with the gentoo 2006.0 minimal install disk, so the experiment can continue. yey!
however, it won't really catch up again till next weekend, and even then i'll only get it partially done (ie...base 2006 install). Weekend after next i am busy again (out of town thursday-friday-saturday, back on saturday night, but have to catch up on school work on sunday). Then 20-24 I have school (finals...so really busy), then on the 24th, I am leaving for a week to Paris (w00t! spring break!) and only in the begining of april will i be able to get something done.
what i am trying to say is, i have capable hardware once again, but because gentoo is a time-whore, and i am LACKING free time this month, it won't get done, so don't quite rush to conclusions just yet.