A bit of a highjack, isn't it?
In my humble opinion, NO. I thought this thread was very instructive. THANK YOU.
Just trying to test my knowledge a bit Didn't mean any harm
No harm delivered, and none received, either.
Please remember, this is a forum. Folks are supposed to argue, and disagree. I get the feeling that this forum is TOO tame, too concerned about hurting someone's feelings.
Don't be so nervous.
Yeah, I goofed. The install screw up was entirely my fault. I did follow Neal's recommendation:
I reinstalled the December 2010 PCLinuxOS LXDE, and it is fantastic, in my opinion.
I admit to being especially fond of the Drake tool that permits autologin, and especially, adjustment of the screen resolution.
If this forum were not so fussy, about discussing other distros, I would show my results testing PCLinuxOS. However, I understand that some object to this sort of objective assessment, so, I will make no further mention of it.
I would again reiterate that a simple, single line of text, during the installation, at the point where at present the screen is blank, would reassure both the novice and those as ignorant as I am, that one must wait, until the next step in the process is signalled.
The installer is not defective in my opinion, simply a bit terse, for my taste. I do have one other comment on the installer: I prefer those distros which offer the user an opportunity to choose autologin from the getgo, i.e. from the outset, rather than requiring the user to login at least once, find the configuration tool, (which is superb), and enable autologin. I am simply writing my opinon that this is an unnecessary step, a slightly awkward requirement, which could be eliminated, without harm, and, without any breach of security....
Thanks again to so many who offered an interesting discussion re: passwords.