I'm listing the updates for my own reasons.
- ndiswrapper + iwconfig dropped for ipw2100 + wpa_supplicant - Intel finally opened up the specs for their (now 4 year old) Centrino black blox so I ditched the emulation bottleneck
- monolithic Xorg deprecated by modular Xorg - this caused an irritating f*ck up with the next item ...
- ati-drivers swapped for Xorg's drm - the ATI's binary drivers that work(ed) with my aging video card were built against that monolithic Xorg, and I simply could not get any version in portage to start X. The open source DRM drivers are working well -- although without some OpenGL eye-candy like GLX -- so maybe this means my laptop is older than it feels.
- upgraded to latest 2.6.20 kernel - this my attempt to fix the previous f*ck up. No big changes ... other than my kernel becoming more bloated. 1.6M now, ugh.
- upgrade gensplash - very cool bootup! The Gentoo 2007.0 logo fades in at high dpi; it's as nice as OS X's. Might as well since I rebuilt the kernel. :)
- unicode fixes and font installs - beautiful fonts and terminals now, and everything's managed by xfs so I can change things by editing one config. Sweet!
- installed vlc - awesome program! after it actually loads the GUI, which required beating up other libraries
- installed audacity - simple, cool and open source audio editor. :) Playing around with it has taught me to respect musicians more. (Mixing tracks, silencing noise, etc.)
- installed webcam stuff - ...
Now I want someone to come over and use it. :) Matt? You visiting soon, right? K...
* The guy is webcams for Linux. Who says publicly licensed stuff doesn't work?! Wikipedia critics meet your doom.