Thanks for the fast responses. This forum looks great :-))
I had to do the unimaginable!. Did a reformat of that 20gig , erased Fedora Core 1 and replaced it with Redhat 9.
Things work like a charm. I had the workstation option selected, but did indeed install the addons as well.
The boot times are now okay, faster than that for FC1. and things look nice on bluecurve. Openoffice loads faster on RH9 as compared to FC1 - a welcome addition, but not as fast as office 2k3 on my xp box.
Also tried using staroffice 7 for linux. That works like a charm on RH9. Maybe it's that commercial software is more optimized as against the freeware stuff, but staroffice is cheaper compared to what I had to pay for the office 2k3 license...
A lil tweak of the services could spice things up a little..
A lot of people I know do mention using slackware 9.1. Think I'll download the iso's and give it a shot as well...
A single system for a single operating system works for me. Multiple partitions might work for some, but I prefer to keep it simple and stupid! (Guess an age factor makes me do that!).
Time to build another box for slackware... hmmm... How about Pentium III - 733 Mhz with 256 Mb RAM and a 20gig hdd with a 52X Cdrom on an Intel 810 motherboard? Will slackware support it decently? (I mean boot up times etc. )
Thanks a lot for the positive feedback.
3 Cheers to Opensource