Gentoo Box Dead
Call it prophecy fulfillment or whatever, but I crashed my Gentoo box doing a glibc upgrade, so I won't have to wait as long as I had hoped to try out my DVD Burner.
It's sitting there now stuck after having tried to run
init, so I'll burn a new Gentoo CD, see if I can figure out how to repair it. If it gets too complicated, I'll put Debian on it, and be done. I did get a run of 320-some days out of it, before accidently killing it.