Well Gentoo and PCMICIA-cs didn't go as well as planned so I installed Knoppix to HD instead. Yeah I pus**** out, but keep in mind in the last 12 months I've had Gentoo 1.2,1.4rc1,rc2, Mandrake 8,9B1,B2,B3,9.1, Redhat 9,9.1, Debian, and Suse installed. Knoppis found the wireless card (Hermes/Prism/Orinoco/Dell Truemobile 1150) and configured it via DHCP without isssue. It didn't bork on the Firewire like Mandrake. It saw the USB and all the devices (MP3 Player /dev/sda ). Although, I did have to disable WEP as I couldn't get out onto the Net otherwise not sure why as the router assigned it an IP. Anway, if your want the least amount of hassle and a system with all the most popular software installed, then install Knoppix to your HD or boot and run it from the LiveCD. If your looking for a challenge then install Gentoo. If your a machocist install Gentoo from its boot CD. if you want to install Gentoo and still have use of your PC for the next 3 days then use the alternate install method and install it from a Knoppix LiveCD. I highly suggest using the second method unless your the type of person who likes shooting themself with a nail gun or poking forks intos light sockets.http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handboo...ook.xml?part=1
Gentoo is the definately the way to go if you want to have the most control and learn about Linux in the process but it can also be the most time consuming and painful if you not prepared.