Just for info 322bnh,
the minor success that I had using the KSCD to play a disc was done with KDE gui, I don't like using terminal's, I haven't really got a clue how to use them to best advantage, as I haven't had any experience of them - my first PC was a wind0w$ 95 system so I was too late for DOS.
Just keep at it, it's got to be a configuration thing if you are getting system sounds.
In my case, it's cos I'm a total tit, either that, or as per f*****g, the pricks who write the documentation don't understand the meaning of the word "Intuitive" - cos that's what they say about XMMS, and let me tell you, they are lieing like a hairy egg.
Oh, and before I finish my rant, I can't get f*****g grip to start either. I was earlier, but I went to change the "cdrom" device to it said /dev/scd0 and now the bastard just won't start - I did also try it in a terminal but the piece of s**t just says error unable to initialise cdrom2
so at the moment, it's a pile of crap!
John the unfeasibly frustrated!
p.s. did I read somewhere that you are getting stuck in respect of resources i.e. hdd size or ram or somesuch - I only ask, because I use mandrake because the bit of research that I did before starting to learn linux indicated that mandrake was about the most user friendly in a newbie/desktop sort of way - again they lied
seriously though, I feel that half the problem is that the people who are linux dev's have forgotten what it's like to be a n00b, and that's why they use phrases like "intuitive", when it's not, but as for the snags you mentioned with win xp - my hdd is only 40 gig's and the win xp has a partition of about 22 gig's. But if your hdd is getting a bit full, slash and burn - I don't tend to keep anything on my hdd except the applications, and if I find that I don't use something - then I bin it.