First off, thanks all for your support and answers. I have the bad habit of reading the answers, trying it and moving on to something else.
I have a question that I can't put to rest so far even after reading the forum posts. I have looked at OpenPrinting web site and came to the conclusion that HP is the most Linux friendly brand out there. With the holidays around the corner, I was at Office D... today, salivating in front of a new all-in-one printer/scanner/fax thing. I probably can't buy spare cartridges for the price of a new one. What are the odds of getting the whole "shabang" working with VL5.9 STD? Are there HP models that will be paperweights, or do they all work? Anyone has recent experience going thru this process, or should I just "donate to science" a new printer in the name of Linux?
I also installed an nVidia GeForce2 video card in my box. Works great, finally I can try some games. I searched the forum, but decided to re-install VL5.9STD to enable the driver. I learned doing so that I cannot unselect any "optional" packages under main packages. They are needed to recompile the kernel and get the driver to work. Is there a way to avoid the re-installation?