The adventure with Kubuntu was fun but unfortunately short-lived. I really do prefer the UI and I may try it out again with the release of 14.04 but I doubt it’s been fixed.
I work from home and I’m on the computer all day. I occasionally – accidentally – hit some unknown sequence/combination of keys in the lower-left of the keyboard and next thing ya know, the entire desktop disappears and then reappears looking like Kubuntu looks in it’s default, just installed state. My wallpaper is gone. But most importantly, my windows were gone. The applications were still running, but I had no way to access the open windows because they were no longer visible nor did they appear in the panel. A very puzzling experience.
So I asked on ubuntuforums.com and no one had ever heard of it. Here is my post at the Ubuntu Forums.
Twice in the past few days, I have run into a most odd situation. I work with 2 monitors and multiple windows open. All of a sudden, all of my windows disappear and the wallpapers revert to the default purple Kubuntu wallpaper. The buttons on the taskbar for each open program are gone, as if I had closed all of the windows. However, the programs are indeed still running. I can tell because I can still hear the audio from a video I am streaming. Alt-tab doesn’t show any of them. It’s as if the running programs are invisible to the GUI. I do not use multiple desktops, however the behavior is similar to what happens when you do switch desktops. The only way to recover is to reboot. When I do reboot, I have to go in and change my wallpaper back to what I normally use (custom images) as Kubuntu seems to have forgotten my wallpaper settings.
This is a critical error and I simply can not have this happen while I’m working. I’m talking with customers on the phone and an error like that can cost the company (and me) money. So I’m back to Xubuntu.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved Xubuntu. I just prefer some of the eye candy that comes with KDE. Interestingly, I never had those stability issues with SUSE. There is too much I need in the Debian space that just isn’t available in SUSE.
I will next test a Red Hat – derived KDE and see what that’s like.