well that didn't go as well as I had hoped.
Everyone was drooling over my 8886 and asking what it was.
"It's the Cadillac of laptops, it's got everything except the kitchen sink!", someone said.
We started with Debian but the guy couldn't come up with a compatible video driver.
We fired up XP and I showed him Laclasse's solution. His reply was we don't have time for that, so we switched to RH9.
Had to boot noprobe nousb nofirewire which completely went against my reason for attending. So now I've got RH9 installed with no usb or firewire, time to do some configing and kernal hacking.
I did get a free set of install cd's, though.
The guy was pretty impressed that I was running a ported version of blackbox as my xp shell.
All-in-all the installfest was geared more towards fresh windows converts not a semi-newbie who's installed half a dozen distros.
BTW, the reason they dropped SuSe was because the SuSe folks didn't get back to them in time with install media.
On to Gentoo!