After many years of sharing the computer with other OS's and other people in the household; I now have a pc of my own.
Linux random 126.96.36.199 #1 SMP Fri Jul 9 22:55:44 EST 2010 x86_64 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+ AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux
Currently running gnome 2.30 from /etc/portage/package.keywords Gnome 2.30 thread the file can be found in the thread.
15.999570] p54pci 0000:00:09.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
[ 15.999591] p54pci 0000:00:09.0: enabling Mem-Wr-Inval
[ 15.999752] p54pci 0000:00:09.0: firmware: requesting isl3886pci
[ 16.357638] phy0: p54 detected a LM86 firmware
[ 16.357641] p54: rx_mtu reduced from 3240 to 2376
[ 17.271915] p54pci 0000:00:09.0: is registered as 'phy0'
Wireless networking is on. p54 provides support Prism54 is deprecated and so prism54-firmware is of no use running newer kernels. The consequence is that portage has no p54-firmware ebuild in the tree. I had to manually move the firmware to /lib/firmware and name it appropriately. In my case 'isl3886pci.bin' 'isl3886pci' both exist and are identical ;-) I'll sort out which it uses one cday and edit.
Anyway I have now my own ~/home and my own Gentoo system. Currently becoming familliar with Emacs and git. Also purchased and am reading the Ruby Way
Flameeyes has Autotools-Mythbuster updates and it is looking like a very polished document of late. There are some spelling errors and some minor things but it explains the subject matter well now. It is basically an installation guide for building software from source. Something anyone building software should know if they wish it to run on the target system.