ok so it's been a while :)
Quick Update: Been made redundant from NTL, Booked hotel/flight for GUADEC, no job lined up so as of March 3rd I'll be unemployed.
Machine rebuild: Ok so I've been putting this off for a while but finally got around to it. Swapped the 13gb and 30gb drive around so I now have a decent drive as hda. Installed Debian and have it currently running enlightenment. I've decided to play with gnome2 so following the advice of someone from #gnome, I removed 1.4 (which I'd spent ages configuring under the illusion it'd run happily with 2). Today I've been busy sorting out enlightenment and playing with more command line apps than I've ever had to before, I've also been reading the developer docs on gnome.org.
Tommorow will be fun, looks like it's time to learn cvs properly and check out gnome 2, this is inbetween giving a friend of my parents some advice on a 5 year old windows box and a game of badminton. Should be interesting.