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iceWM is very light and but gives you most of what you need. You can consider it as a lean and mean desktop.
You can install both KDE and ice and then try switching between the desktops once logging in. KDE gives you some very cool features such as adding on 3rd party tools to make it look similar to the mac OS. But again it would slow down your 400Mhz celeron.
I like using ice on older systems because the task bar is well designed and it does the job. After installing Mandrake, go into the drake tools for installing software, then search all descriptions for iceWM. You will find a few packages for configuring ice and selecting many different desktop styles.