I got to some sort of download for kde items.... 58 downloads but no
directions..... afraid to proceed.....
be afraid. That's the whole point (well, one of them) with the Eee! You can restore it to as-new-from-factory by pressing F9 at bootup (See the manual, and the Wiki)
So, if you really
mess something up, it just takes one reboot and you are back to where you started (though you will
loose personal data, and customisation tweaks).
So feel free to experiment, and just "try things out". You cannot permanently "break" the Eee by messing with the software, you can always restore it, either with the F9 trick, or if you have seriously messed up your SSD partitions, you can restore from the DVD it came with (if you have a USB DVD drive), or from a 2GB USB memory stick if you can borrow a windows computer to copy the DVD restore program to the memory stick.
Remember, that with linux, especially when using the command line, if "nothing happens" when you issue a command, then that means it worked
If you get a string of error messages, then, it probably did not work, but the error messages will tell you why it did not work, and probably what you need to do to make it work. Linux is very different from windows in this respect
If you have had 58 downloads, maybe you have already managed to install KDE.
When you go to Settings ... Instant Shutdown, do you see a new button on the left called "Full Desktop"? If so, you have KDE installed, and you should click it.