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Distribution: Redhat 8.0, Immunix 7.0 a few others
Dear oh dear.
I know you paid for Redhat (I didn't!) but firstly, if you're not happy with it, there are a few things you can do. Try changing the window manager, checking that your hard drive is properly tuned for Linux and changing the nice priority of certain desktop items.
If you don't like it, you really can change it, and be a more informed person for it! Come on - you used to pay $400 for Windows whatever and you could only change the wallpaper and screensaver on that!!
I paid for RH 9. I like it. Add apt-get and it's pretty cool. The only complaint I have is that acpi is STILL NOT enabled in the default kernel. It uses apm which is not supported by my HP laptop. Oh well, I guess I have to learn to recompile the kernel after all. Hey can you do the compile of a kernel on one machine then transfer it to another when done?
For me, Redhat 9.0 runs -alot- better than 8.0 -- I think it is a vast improvement, both powerwise and aesthetically. And it runs quite well on my 1.2 GHZ laptop, so I'm not sure why your 1.8 is having so many problems.
And why would one want the default KDE look? Bluecurve is so much more crisp and pleasing.
I have to say I'm impressed with RH9. I once purchased SuSe 8.0, and I have to say I do prefer the KDE look to the Gnome with the fedora. But the speed, smoothness and stability of Redhat 9 seems to over-ride any views I once had of SuSe. Yes , SuSe is nice, but it just seems to be less rewarding that installing RH9.