hi, many thx for your support , i did upgrade to the latest proprietary nvidia driver from the ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa and thats what was running in my last test. I suppose at least it was not a week or 2 into the distro that i found something that i just could not get to work like some of the others , it was a very quick look at kubuntu
Thing is iv looked at a lot of different things now and i must say i really like KDE (hence why i tried it again) but im still very confused about a hell of a lot of things.
you got unix , the first layer
then the distro, i kinda see as the second layer
then the DE , 3rd layer
then you really loose me (if im not already) with things like compiz, openGL, GTK2 & 3 and X windows and windows managers etc.
I do like a flashy/slick desktop and i have the power on my main comp so i like to use it which is why i like KDE but i did manage to get mint mate to look pretty good with compiz+cairo+emerald+conky but then found an unsolved problem with mint mate.
im wondering will compiz run on a KDE DE ? if it can would it fix the tearing problem that iv always got with KDE(is it the DE or the compositing manager that handles video, moving windows etc)?
This has been a very steep leaning curve and im still at the bottom looking up the mountain scratching my head ^^
p.s. i did briefly look at arch but i think it blew me away with techno babble questions before it was even installed i think i quickly moved on.