What I meant was there are a heck of a lot of options and software packages everywhere for my eager little fingers to click on. I'd like to get familiar with the barebone essentials first and all those possibilities had me wondering what was extra and what was just Mandrake. I guess I haven't shifted my mind and wrapped my brain around the fact that maybe everything I see in the KDE gui is extra? As in they are all automated wizard style things to accomplish command line commands?