Well, I guess everything is about ready, except for a few minor glitches. I haven't looked at possible reasons why the gallery rss feed broke, but it's due for an upgrade so I'm not really concerned about that.
As noted in a comment of the last post we now have mail. I gave up on sendmail and opted for postfix which was really easy to set up.
I found a 'nodeteaser' module for drupal 5.1 that is a fairly decent replacement for the 'excerpt' module that I really liked.
I had another showstopper close-call. I noticed last night that the server seemed to be losing its connection to the internet. I couldn't connect to anything and of course no one could connect to me. It was a scary coupla hours. I even thought perhaps the nic or cable was failing, but big coincidence one of those failed the very day I installed a new os. I did notice these occasional 'increasing tx limit' messages scroll by in the logs and that's about the time the connection would go down. So as an experiment I adjusted the txqueuelen down from 1000 to 250 and that seems to have fixed it. But so weird. Maybe google will turn up this post of anyone else experiences those symptoms and searches for an answer. (Debian etch) It's easy to do at the commandline, just type:
ifconfig eth0 down && ifconfig eth0 txqueuelen 250 up
I still haven't rebooted yet, so we will be going down and back up a few times tonight while we debug the restart process. But other than the glitch with gallery and rebooting, I guess we are about ready to go and perhaps I can concentrated on new distro releases again.