thanks for all the replies. I cannot see a valid reason why I would *need* the 2.6.31 kernel.
There are a couple of very good howto's on the internet, that go into detail on all dependencies, and include module-assistant, and the m-a commands to use!
I was unaware of the 2.6.31 compatibility issue. I have no wireless at home (I have a 802.11G USB adaptor, and have been using this with WindowsXP OS for file transfers).
I am such a n00b, I cannot even share my internet connection with the USB Wireless adaptor. I still have much research to do!
Without a wireless router, how would I set up an "Access Point"? I guess I can't share internet with an Ad-Hoc network either. Any help with these issues would be greatly appreciated.
vw72, how flakey is "not as flakey"? Could I run a 12 hour torrent without it flaking out?
hmmmm, it looks like I have sold my netbook to my brother already - so my next one might have a 6-cell battery and a decent resolution (not 600 pixels high!). Any information you give here I will pass on, along with a copy of Kuki on USB stick for him. (PS. he is not technically proficient with Linux, but he is a good Perl/C programmer).