Taking the plunge
For as much as I talk up Openbox, and as much as I distro-hop and tinker with desktop environments, I always kept one machine with a straight Xubuntu 6.06.1 installation on it.
The logic was that I needed one machine that was dependable, one I could count on not to act funny or throw out quirks when I was troubleshooting another. I needed something to act as a reference for default settings. I needed something with solid, steady Internet access, something to hold important files, and something to act as an nfs server for data (not so much for music, but for configuration files, scripts and whatnot).
I have an old Dell Inspiron 8000 that I baby, and it serves the role I described. And until today, it’s only run Dapper Xubuntu, and with no hefty modifications or tweaks. I wouldn’t even change the desktop wallpaper. That’s how close to default I wanted it. But today I decided it was time for change. Boot times were slow with Xubuntu, and I wanted to see what it could do.