I'm now working with the 2.5.xx kernels so that when 2.6 comes out, we'll be ready for it immediately.
The kernel s now configured with practically no drivers compiled in, even the ide disk drivers. Instead, ide and all the scsi dirvers are modules. How the heck can you boot, you ask? Well, the magic of initrd. the bootloader loads the kernel AND a minimal filesystem image and runs that. this image then figures out if you have a ide and/or scsi then finds the boot device and drives on. As an added benefit, the kernel for the install disc and the installation are exactly the same.
I hope this works well...
Also, I'm using the cvs version of XFree86 so that when 4.3 comes out it will be good to go to.