I had an "adventure" on the 1.3 GHz computer. Everything was going fine as I was setting up and updating. Then I installed XFce4.6.1. I logged out of KDE4 and somehow managed to log into XFce. All seemed okay and I got adventurous and tried to make XFce my default desktop through VASMCC and also make runlevel 2 my default. I reran LILO (now on a floppy) and when I typed in
the computer basically died. Totally black screen, no response from keyboard or mouse, couldn't open another console--I had to press the power button and shut down the computer. I could restart in text mode and run text mode stuff such as VASM but if I tried to start X I got the kiss of death again, requiring a shutdown through the power button. I tried xorg.conf from the previous SOHO beta, which worked perfectly, but no go. I tried using the VESA driver with the same results. I decided it was more trouble to try to fix the mess than to reinstall.
Did a fresh installation. Everything was working fine just like the first time. But this time the first thing I did in KDE was install XFce4 through Gslapt. I wanted to see if there was some conflict between XFce, KDE, and the upgrades I installed on my first try. Apparently not, as I was able to start XFce without problems. I decided not to make XFce my default desktop even though it's what I always use, and I didn't make runlevel 2 my default. I simply pick Linux-tui from LILO's offerings.
It seems that KDE doesn't like other desktop environments, as I can't figure out how to start XFce from the KDM login. Also, I don't know how to start KDE from the command line before any desktop is loaded.
I've updated Firefox and SeaMonkey and am writing this in SeaMonkey.
I must say I really, REALLY don't like KDE4 (or KDE3) and if they were the only desktops available in Linux, I'd be back with Windows 7. But lovely Linux doesn't force users into one or two desktops and I'm able to use my friend XFce. By the way, XFce feels noticeably faster in SOHO than KDE, which gives me little hesitations in various operations on this elderly computer. I don't get that in XFce.
Will report any oddities that show up under XFce with SOHO. I don't despise all KDE *programs*, just the KDE desktop. So if there are specific programs that could use some testing, let me know and I'll see what happens--but I'll be running them under XFce. I have to ditch those bitmap fonts (jillions of them!) which I'll never use and which annoy me when they appear in a font menu. On a previous installation I moved all their directories where the system couldn't find them and nothing broke as a result. So I'll give that a try.