1. Linux console and shell seem to be the same to me, just a regular console window. I use either one just fine. I think they bring up two different programs, Konsole or Xterm, but I am not sure and either one works. Root console brings a console, but asks you for the root password. Then you have all of roots previliges and can do (literally) anything you like. Be careful when using it; I once deleted my /tmp partition by accident and lost all of my work and couldn't log in again. I had to fix it using a live CD.
2. I really don't know, but I have had this issue too, both as root and as other users. If you just stick with KDE or GNOME you should be fine. KDE and GNOME probably use different directories for the files on the desktop. In KDE, you can change it with the control center, but I don't know if you can in GNOME. If you find the directories (they may be hidden) then you can copy from one to the other, or change one to the other. (I haven't tried this; I only use KDE and sometimes xfce)
3. In KDE, go to the control center and change it to only showing the windows on the current dsktop. Or leave it, if you like. There is some similar option in GNOME, but I'm not sure where.
Last edited by bp12345; 08-08-2005 at 04:26 AM.