littleman - 8:48 am on Mar 4, 2002 (gmt 0) 2) Like everyone else said. Guarddog [simonzone.com] is an easy way to set up iptables if you are concerned.
1) I am not much of a fan of either as a desktop. I have them both fully installed, so I could use their apps as desired. I have tried dozens of window managers and have become a big fan of a light and efficient (both to use and resources) window manager, Fluxbox [fluxbox.sourceforge.net]. It is built from Blackbox [blackbox.alug.org], but with some extra features (like mouse wheel support) and has tabs like PWM. The tabs make it the most efficient environment I have ever used.
Screenshot [cgi-fun.hypermart.net] - You could see how I have multiple applications running in a single window frame. Using a mouse wheel I could flip through the different applications very quickly.
3) I like having /home in a different partition, this way I could reinstall a new distro without having to worry about my work being lost or reinstalling the apps in my home directory.
4 Yeah, sure install them, you could always shut them off.
2) Like everyone else said.
Guarddog [simonzone.com] is an easy way to set up iptables if you are concerned.