The install completed for once and future Holly, but unfortunately failed to boot. Adding noacpi to the boot string helped a bit -- it got further before it froze. To debug things, I pass init=/bin/sh along, and I get a kernel panic. Hmm. Maybe every time I hit retry on a failed package, it turned off error checking and installed whatever it read from the CD, good checksum or not. I'm restarting the install as a net install -- hopefully that will do the trick. If that doesn't work, I'll give BSD a shot on this box. It's irritating that the system worked fine under Redhat 6, and I've made a great leap backwards in trying to install Fedora 4. I'd be tempted to just use Knoppix, but I don't think Knoppix is designed for such old hardware, and I think the CD-ROM being funky is a big contributor to the last install giving me an unusable system.
In other news, I am thrilled to finally have gotten the green light to retire one of the oldest systems at work, and also happy to be surplussing a number of the ancient G3s and G2s that were cluttering up the offices. Hurrah.