Once again, I have moved to another distribution of Linux. I had last installed Ubuntu 9.10 and the Kubuntu packages, but it was time to move on. Why, exactly? Well, that’s that thing: I don’t know. That is, I don’t know what the problem was, but I sure couldn’t fix it.
Despite even inquiring on Superuser, the inexplicable issue of sudden reversions in files never did cease, despite multiple harddrives, filesystem checks, startup variations, etc. Concluding with a sudden and inexplicable loss of microphone functionality, it was time to call it quits.
So I have since given Xubuntu a go with the ext4 filesystem (in lieu of reiserFS which I had been using previously). While no doubt attributed by just my own greater experience, this has been the smoothest transition yet. Everything has just worked, and very quickly to boot.
Xubuntu is based on the Xfce desktop environment, which is meant to be a lightweight alternative to Gnome and KDE. It’s not so trimmed down as some others, though, and works as something of a midrange solution. It provides simple modularity and customization.
Unlike Gnome, the task manager on the panel works vertically, and compared to KDE I’ve found it particularly snappy and responsive. While previously it would have felt like a step back, it manages to now be fully functional, though perhaps missing a little flair.
Here’s hoping this one can stand the test of time.