OpenSuSE has issued a statement telling its users not to use the latest OpenSuSE 11.1 and SuSE Linux Enterprise 11 betas if you're using any Intel e1000e hardware. Canonical has released a similar statement for Ubuntu. Until this issue is fully resolved, the e1000e driver is being blacklisted within Ubuntu 8.10 and Intel users are advised not to try out Intrepid Alpha 6. On the Mandriva blog is another statement about this major issue.
The Linux 2.6.27-rc7 kernel does have fixes that prevent corrupting the Intel e1000 (non-E) EEPROM/NVM, but without a fix for the e1000e hardware. A patch though for the e1000e corruption issue has appeared in the -mm tree and can be viewed here.