"Well, first off, I gave up on CentOS. I reached a point to
where it was not worth any further troubleshooting. I agree 100%
(and always will) that CentOS/RHEL is a wonderful server platform,
but it simply wouldn't work for me as a desktop workstation.
"I was a little let down this weekend--I've wound up being
ultimately disappointed by KDE4 (at least in it's current
state--either 'Stable' or the SVN tree), I liked what I saw of
openSUSE but I kinda need my optical drive to be functional, and
I'm determined not to run Ubuntu. Yes, Ubuntu works for me (at
least after a little tweaking--I hate brown) but much (not all) of
the community surrounding it drives me nuts. I want a Linux distro
I can be a part of--not just a passive user of, and I simply don't
fit in with much of the Ubuntu crowd..."