I also know nothing of "emulated virtual desktops"--I never even heard of such a thing! Give me instructions as to how to set it up. and I'll get it a look. Blowing up Pinball to full screen
is already part of the procedure. (I don't remember if you have to do that in Windows.) Anyway, MS Pinball is a nice game, and I don't want to lose it. Just right for someone like me,
with little patience! It makes a nice interlude without requiring any long-term commitment.
I did give LXDE a look, and I don't like it. In the first place, the screen definition is lousy. I don't know why--the pixels are still 1920x1280, but the whole screen is just a tiny bit out of
focus, or something. Then, there is no Thunderbird. I know I could download it and install it from Mozilla, but the philosophy behind producing a distro with no email is beyond me. Then
I miss Dolphin. Yes, I know there's a poor-man's imitation, but why? And that ballooning junk over on the right hand side of the screen--keep that for the kiddies in Kindergarten, please!
I disabled the Java plug-in in Firefox, and uninstalled everything that Synaptic found that had Java in it; fortunately, I have a list of everything, since now YouTube audio doesn't
work anymore, and I have to find out which file affects that and put it back. That's going to be quite a task, I'm afraid, unless somebody reading this can give me a clue. (I can post the list, if someone wants to give it a shot.) OTOH, what I tried, very briefly, in Symphony, still seems to work with no Java. I have to look harder at what may or may not work in Symphony.
Aside from YouTube, I don't know what else my be affected. An Internet radio station plays under RealPlayer.
I burned a BitDefender disk and ran it, but I think it only found and looked at the XP partition on the drive, not my Linux fs. It didn't like one of the setup.exe files in the XP
Download directory, but I'm sure whatever it was intended to setup had already been done some time ago. No other complaint. and I deleted the offending file.
Thanx for all the inputs. Any other suggestions also welcome. --doug