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Adventures in decision making. ^_^
I figure, since I have a spare computer sitting around that isn't that old, really (ca. 2000), and I wasn't really satisfied with Debian's performance on it after a few updates, I decided to play around.

This decision was not without ulterior motives. My newer PC won't run Vista (and I don't want it anyway), and after the SP3 upgrade, XP is... well, not slower, but less responsive, and definitely taking up way more disk space than I think an OS should. Since I don't see any point in buying a new computer when this one is only about 4 years old and has a 2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM (technically, all it needs is a new graphics card for Vista, but I have to support that shit at work, I am unanimous in my complete lack of desire to bother with Vista). So the old PC's 40GB got carved up into slices and got a few new Linux distros installed on it for me to try out, with an eye toward adopting one for the "big" machine.

Years ago when I had a RedHat box, I remember hating the GUI and sticking to the console for everything unless I needed to see a website (in Netscape ^^;;). With Debian Etch running, I didn't see a need to do that, but I did realize that I don't really like Gnome (which I was trying out because before I had already decided I didn't really like KDE). So I decided to try Xubuntu (which is just Ubuntu with the Xfce window manager, in case anybody cares). I found Xfce slightly more to my liking than KDE or Gnome, but... well... still not quite exactly what I wanted, and slightly buggy on my Intel 810E video. Buggy as in Terminal causes X to blink off and send you back to the login screen. And reducing the color depth in my xorg.conf just gave me random lines in various colors all over the screen, giving me an opportunity to learn some things...

But Ubuntu, being based on Debian, has Debian's quirks plus a few all its own, and really, when it comes to Linux, there's enough choices that I shouldn't put up with anything I don't want to. Besides, even though it was faster actually installed than it was on the LiveCD, as soon as I installed it, it wanted to upgrade itself... I let it do that, rebooted, booted into the new version, and found that suddenly the highest screen resolution I could get was 800x600. Not what I'd call a good sign, exactly. At least not when I was already not so happy. So I poked around some more, read reviews...

Then I found Zenwalk. It's based on Slackware, which I'd never tried before, and it's built on the principle of "one app per function", which is not only pretty nifty, it was pretty fast as well, even on this ancient machine with 256MB of RAM. It also uses Xfce by default, though, which isn't really ideal, at least for the old one. I haven't tried it on the newer one, so I can't be sure there. But Zenwalk doesn't have the latest versions of practically anything, so it was nice, but left me wanting more.

Even so, I feel like I must be barking mad, because I'm actually downloading a Slackware ISO now... From what I hear, that makes me a glutton for punishment, but, to be honest, the more I hear that, the more I feel like I have to try it. We'll see how it goes...
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