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3 - If you want to change WAV to mp3 files, you need an audio utility that can do the compression. I have only seen the Windows versions, but do a search of tucows.com, download.com etc, to find a freeware program that will do it for you. Remember that the more compression you use, the poorer the quality.
4 - chmod u+x filename When you log in as root, you can set permissions for any file, ie the program you want to run as "user"
1) If your using a graphical login for RH, you should see KDE in the Sessions menu when you are asked for your username and password. If you are starting from console, you need to edit your ~/.xinitrc file.
3) You'll have to find a program that saves .wav as .mp3 (I'd do a google or search freshmeat and sourceforge), but players may understand .wav without translation.
4) Usually if you install a program as root, normal users can run it. If they can't, find the startup binary and use chmod to give them executable privileges.
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1. At the log on screen, you will see the word 'session'. Click it and reselect the desktop - kde, gnome, etc.
don't know for the rest.
As far as it goes, why did you think that Slackware would give you less problems than Red Hat? If you hadn't installed KDE, you could have installed it through the add/remove programs system. Or if you really want a rebuild, select some different packages.