Finally got my Promise FastTrak 2000 to be recognized by Debian. I had to use the FastTrak.o module from Promise's website in the SuSe install disk. Now to figure out which filesystem to use. Standard is ext2, but ext3 seems cool. ReiserFS is also a choice. Hmm... I think I may just go for ext3 and see what happens. I can always reinstall on Sunday.
I am not planning on creating a swap yet. I've got 384 meg, and while not enough to run well, I want to keep the swap off the main disks. I feel silly mirroring swap! So, I'll probably throw an old IDE drive in for that, until I get a cheap SCSI HD and use that for swap. Since I don't need capacity, a SCSI drive can be had for ten or twenty dollars.
Besides, I can then turn off IDE completely. Besides freeing up IRQs, it really isn't needed, though it may even be as 37337 as having a high uptime.