I've tried several different flavors of Linux, but each one bombs with a "Kernel Panic: free list corrupted".
I've looked through this board, and haven't found anything similar.
I looked for the error message with search engines and in Usenet archives, but apparently it's a pretty generic error. The best answer I could come up with was that it was related to hard drive access, which probably means it's bombing because the kernal I'm installing (generic linux kernels) don't have DOC support. I don't care about DOC support; I've got a hard drive installed with an ISA IDE controller, and I even pulled the DOC, but no luck.
Do I *have* to have a kernel with DOC support even if I don't want to use the DOC? I've got it configured to boot from the CD ROM/hard drive. I can install Windows with no problems. So, it's not seeing the DOC as the boot partition. I don't want to take apart my other PC in order to swap drives, install linux, and swap them back, especially if I'm going to end up with the same error when I put the hd back in the Websurfer.
(Before you make any smart remarks, I'm more of a SunOS/Solaris/FreeBSD/BSDI guy, but I want Linux on this particular box.)