Hey, I never realized it but Gnome has a utility built right in to use the special function keys (it used to be called acme and was seperate but they were merged when Gnome 2.6 was released). It works quite well, I have my email, media keys, volume control, a thing to launch my file manager, etc. It was painless to set up, you just launch the utility, click on a function, push the corresponding button on the keyboard, and its set. To unset something, just click it and click backspace.
For anyone who would like to set this up, download Acme if you have Gnome 2.0-2.4, and if you have 2.6 or later just launch :
Anyways, talk to you all later.