And the story continues...
I bought some more RAM and re-installed Helena KDE RC1. It made a world of difference.
1) Why did I buy RAM:
"Well, other than listening to music and checking my e-mail, you okay I do my school work on it. Not just research and reading, but I have some like, "practice test" and worksheets and stuff.
I usually have lots of windows open so I can try out some of the stuff I find online. Mostly php and database stuff. It is fun to work with data. That was how I got started pulling track lists out of the Amarok database.
So, I do not need anything really powerful. I only needed the RAM to run the KDE desktop manager. It is "pretty" and has lots of "toys". FluxBox is more... down to business and gives me what I need, but not so much what I _want_. I cannot really justify wanting more than what FluxBox provides; it runs all my apps nicely. And it is easier to configure your desktop with KDE, but once I get things set like I like them, I do not really change them, so that is not a big deal." - an e-mail I sent to someone about it.
In other words, I did it all for the pretty.
2) It has been a long time since I made any upgrades like that.
I feel a bit self indulgent buying RAM for no real practical purpose. It was not a decision of practicality. I normally am a fairly practical person (I think.)
But, I did it, and now I can run KDE and it is *so pretty*!!
I am working up a short review, but my head is not in it at the moment. I followed a tweeted link from William Gibson and it unknowingly took me to Youtube. For those that don't know, I have some sort of weird phobia of that site. So, later this morning... etc.