graeme_p - 6:55 am on Apr 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
KDE has one massive advantage for webmasters: every KDE application can open remote files over ftp or ssh.
There are alternatives: you can mount a remote server using FUSE (there are GUIs for this), or you can use a combination of other apps (I currently use PCManFM for browsing remote servers, and Komodo Edit or gvim for editing them), but KDE is the most reliable and lowest hassle option.
@Leosghost, good advice. Always test the memory if a machine is flaky. I learned this the hard way. Most Linux installers have a memory test option.
That said, an install issue may also be caused by a bad CD burn (If your installing from CD - I always install from USB these days).