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Judging by your kernel I'd guess you are running RH 7.3
Open/black/fluxbox or Icewm
Don't install KDE
Install gnome but don't use it
Abiword - 2.0 is sweet, but you'll need GTK 2.0
Epiphany Browser (nedds Mozilla, but dont use it)
Basically GTK/GTK2 apps in a lightweight window manager
get an AMD K6-3 550 and over clock to 600mhz+ if poss
With above changes in hardware, get redhat 8.0 or 9.0, then same as above.
all opinion and therefore as worthless as.... a wet fart on a hot day.
if you've been using blackbox, stick with that. fluxbox is also really nice.
for email and browsing, try the mozilla thunderbird and firebird apps. they really rock (esp. firebird) and should be no problem since you already have the gnome/gtk libraries.
i tried the "dillo" browser, but it just doesn't to have enough features at this point to recommend. i'm going to be trying something called Qweb (lost the link, sorry) that looks promising, i'm installing the qt libraries now to run it. if you have KDE it should work.
ROX filer is great -- a highly recommended lightweight file manager. use a/e/xterm instead of gnome or kde consoles. vim and nano are two good terminal editors. for a graphical editor, you could use gedit.
for music, xmms is the best imo, though a bit resource hungry. if you don't mind using console for that, you can also use mpg321. i wish i knew of a gnome/gtk audio player, but i don't even know if there is one. (anyone?)