I have ONLY been using Ubuntu LTS releases for quite some time: a very lucky eternal noob who has rarely had major problems. However, I have an AMD/nVidia machine (maybe 4 years old) on which I "try" distros. As of now, not CentOS nor Debian nor Ubuntu will come up on a LiveCD. Mint, Sabayon, and Peppermint do, however. I installed Sabayon 14.08 GNOME on it but there was NO ethernet cable plugged in. Still, the OS, desktop, and apps seems to have no problem booting, displaying, opening/closing, etc.
The location of the AMD/nVidia machine will not have wired access available. I have found a wireless USB adapter that says it works with MANY new kernels and MANY distros OOTB: even Debian. https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/ ... sb-adapter
(The site is down for maintenance, unfortunately.)
1) Since I installed Sabayon WITHOUT the Net being available, have I screwed myself from the beginning?
2) If the Sabayon kernel meets the specs for OOTB operation, and if I plug the adapter in and boot up, is there a chance Sabayon WOULD even recognize it?
Thank you. I am now in the Big Kids' sandbox and it is pretty scary.