Okay, I was doing something wrong; it does take me to a different wm.
So I have some more questions and you will see why I want a complete newbie guide:
- openbox takes me to a completely blank grey screen — presumably I need to set something up before entering it so I can at least have a terminal or a command prompt within it to lauch applications. Where/how do I do that? How do I get out of that screen when there is nothing for me to select or do?
- Sugar similarly — where do I set up the environment? (I'm just trying wms there were packages for; I think I'm really going to want to use fluxbox or enlightenment)
- once I get to gdm, I'm already in GNOME, aren't I, so where would I be if I didn't have GNOME installed at all? What loads GNOME? How do I use something else?
- Where do you recommend I go to learn more about this stuff (somewhere starting in baby-speak)?