i'm sorry gentoo, i really want to get to know you but i'm not an elite linux guru, i'm just barely a power user. whatever that's supposed to mean.
i'm burning some fedora core 2 disks right now. yeeeeep. i'll update this post later.
edit: fedora installed perfectly. reiser wasnt an option during the install, so i wiped /var out afterwards and made a new one. 160 gig partition for the websites.