Thanks very much to all of you good friends for your very helpful responses to my questions. Sorry I forgot about the forum rule to ask only one question per post. I will try to remember.
From this topic #106694 I copied the contents (560 lines and 2900 words) and distilled it down to 35 lines and 474 words to keep as a reference, and perhaps to be helpful to others, too. So, I put it on a web page here:http://www.ziplinux.com/pcl/106694.htm
After trying dozens of different Linux versions, PCLinux 2009 Mini-Me with KDE-3.5 has been the best one I have used. But since it is no longer supported, I'd like to try to devise something similar. A couple years ago, I registered the domain name ziplinux.com in the hope of eventually trying to make a distro by that name that would be small, stable, glitch-free, fast, and extremely easy to install, boot, and run with a single click.
Please share your thoughts here: http://www.ziplinux.com/