One of our admins at work suggested I try the NE 2000 driver instead. According to him tulip can be problematic in some instances. Though keep in what's problematic to me might be a piece of cake for some of you.
Worst case I'll wait until next month for the D-Link driver. I'm still impressed with Mandrake as a desktop. Resolve a few technical issues and it's ready for prime time. Picking out packages is a breeze. Office tools, Email, databases, spreadsheets, it's all there. Can't wait to try Red Hat and Suse.
Even though the learning curve is a little daunting at first, it's still a better way of computing life.