OK ... just to define a real Newbie :o
To try to get a feel for this maddness. Am I correct in thinking that I can take an old laptop, get a touchscreen monitor, hook up a small set of speakers to the laptop, load a front end ... and run the thing sitting on my work desk. I want to try some of the frontends and just get a "feel" for this stuff. And yes ... I am that unknowledgeable.