What increased functionality am I getting for the shiny? I keep asking that question, and the
"bugger all" I keep answering is why I don't regard said P2 as junk yet - it runs fluxbox just
fine, and the only reason it isn't my usual desktop is the great big inefficient heap of shit
that is firefox (which even on larger, faster machines behaves as though it's the only program
I'd ever need in memory - it's a *web browser*, for crying out loud! a desktop accessory!) and
the even bigger one that is openoffice. Trust me, if there were usable lightweight
alternatives to those I'd be using them; unfortunately, more and more programs that would be
(or worse, used to be) quite useful to me if they only depended on gtk or qt cleave ever
closer to GNOME or KDE (abiword is a good example).
Once upon a time, one of the more compelling arguments for using Linux was that it allowed you
to step off the upgrade treadmill and use the kit you had for longer. Increasingly I'm getting
the sense that this is no longer feasible. You might not care about that, but those who cannot
look after their own minorities have no business pleading for minority recognition themselves.