Seeing the trouble I had with the Ubuntu Installer, I switched to my long term favorite distro Gentoo. Gentoo is not only a well documented distro, but you build your install from source, there is no installer. With Gentoo pretty much everything related to setup is manual and done by you the installer. It is not a distro for the faint at heart, but it is very customizable and because you build from source it is optimized for your hardware. This optimization provides low overhead which is perfect for something like a thin client with minimal disk space and minimal ram. Remember the hardware(Wyse S30 Thin Client 64mb Flash Drive / 128mb RAM) I am using, Gentoo could be a perfect fit for this.
The Gentoo install went flawlessly, except for the 8hr kernel compile. However, the reboot after install left me hanging with a ‘grub>’ prompt. This stinks a new problem, but remember I am further than I was with Ubuntu. With Ubuntu, I could not get a grub screen at all. At this point I figure it has to be something to do with a missing kernel module or driver, I just need to know which one.
Back to researching again, this time though I refuse to emerge without a working solution! More to come in my next blog post.