the install is done. FINALLY!
i just first boot. the boot time isn't long at all for linux, roughly less than a minute. on first login into kde you are greeted with KPersonalizer that lets you pick a language and some look and feel settings. once you click "next, next finish" KDE 3.4 comes up.
Here is the deal, it is your basic KDE desktop linux distro with kernel 2.6.10. just about everything seems to work, but i can't confirm that....yet. well, i can confirm the wirless (prism2 chip) does NOT work. I am still looking around for unique to onebase features.
Found the package manager. Not the GUI, but the text version at least. OLM is like a clone between Gentoo's portage and debian's apt-get. You can install packages in binary and in source, depending on your flavor. Source will automatically compile it to custom fit your installation, or binary will install teh generic package (must like apt-get). It works pretty well, i am loving it. just olm-ed some prism drivers, guess i have to reboot or something. i'll try later.
here is a hardware check on what works and what doesn't on my T23:
screen works @ right resolution, ethernet works, thumbstick + buttons work
stuiff that doesn't work: wifi, hardware volume buttons
a full review comming soon probably if i feel like it.
as for thsoe who are interested, would i recommend it? so far from 20 minutes of use yes, i would. it offers you gnome or kde on how you like it and works pretty well, stable and fast. you can have portage-like uniqueness without the pain of gentoo which is cool. granted the repos (at least the default ones) aren't bleeding edge (note i just olm-ed binary firefox and got version 1.0.3 when 1.0.6 is already out) its still pretty good. you will need to put in some effort to get your hardware runnign most likely, but it promices to be easy.