|Thanks for the reply but I couldn't wait ;)|
I was too lazy to remove the hd from the unit, thus I opted for ZipSlack. I missed the old Slackware days anyhow - Gentoo isn't for everything and there is no ZipDeb (Slackware acceptance of rpm's is nice too)....got sound, pcmcia, ethernet, X, and pen working.
Now I'm trying to decide on a good browser - initially I wanted to avoid X alltogether and use links-browser in svga mode. Unfortunately, I could not get the pen to work using supported drivers AND links does NOT really support file associations (perhaps it will be inluded in future releases). My next option also fell short; dillo does support plugins but I have yet to find an existing xmms or even mpg321 plugin. (I don't want to write one unless I absolutely have to).