Well, I have just spent the first two days of what should have been a relaxing week away from work repairing number two machine after the mother board suffered a visit from the Bad Cap Fairy. Luckily I was planning a long overdue upgrade of the old clunker and had most of the parts already at hand.
This morning the new CPU arrived (the two I have in reserve are apparently dead!!) and in no time at all the Gnome desktop whizzed into view.
It's currently soak testing by running all of season one of Stargate Atlantis. So far So good.
All being well I will clone the KDE setup from my main machine to this one. But not just now, I need that rest, and a beer.