Finally moved to 2.6 on three out of five machines at home. Managed to install alsa on my workstation, and finally got my es1371 card to use the 4+1 speakers.
Also spent quite some time this weekend on autotoolizing pyKota. It had been some time since I played with auto* stuff. There are way too many quirks you normally forget, like when gettext > 0.11 you have to make sure 'po/Makevars' is in place (you can use Makevars.template for that') otherways it won't be able to find the top_builddir.