ANyway, gnome looks ok, though I dont really enjoy it,
you're kidding right? Gnome looks beatiful and everything is where it should be in this distro (unlike other Gnome based distros.... and I mean UBUNTU ;-).
KDE user mostly, but I can live with it.
Firefox had no flash/java plugins, easily fixed though. Worked nice on web once setup.
My experience as well. Too bad a few guys seem to be anti-java. Java rocks, imho, and it's getting better all the time. The next Java 6.0 (codename Mustang) includes some great things that people have been asking for ages, like:
-Being able to call the system's default web browser / e-mail client from the java ap
-Rendering of widgets with the native OS's routines for a "native" look and feel
If you ever used Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net
) you know what I'm talking about. It's amazing that java apps can now minimize to systray (in windows) or to a gnome panel, for instance, just as native apps.
Tried blackbox, menu could use work, no styles were
available to change, just a few different solid color backgrounds. Sound works fine with Soundblaster Live. Tried XFCE, not bad at all, but dont know much about it.
With the nice Gnome avaialble, who needs anything else?