Developing some grudges with Ubuntu
Since recently I am being more and more pushed towards looking for an alternative to Ubuntu. I don't know what's with this thing sometimes, performance wise. These days firefox is hanging on moments even after running it for some time in the lightest WM, openbox and the whole system tends to get too slow for my taste. These hangs are so bad you can't even scroll when it happens, it just freezes everything in the browser except the mouse.
Then there is the ongoing problem with swapon which wont run on boot, and I'm annoyed by the very fact I need to fix that on a distro that's supposed to be way beyond such technical pettiness already. No, that one is unforgivable. Swap should be up and running at every boot even if I hit it with a lightning bolt, it's just that rudimentary.
Also, what's with this silly dependency on login screens? I notice that when I run GNOME only by using "startx" with it commented out in my .xinitrc file it looks worse and even partly dis-functional than when I run it with GDM. Same story goes for Xfce and KDE (on kdm). Wtf is that necessary? Why would proper functioning of a desktop be dependent on a login screen? Why would a GDM process even be active in the background once you're logged in?!? When I kill gdm I kill my desktop. Well despite me not being a big expert GNU/Linux coder, IMHO that seems quite nonsensical. Desktop login screens are supposed to provide a graphical way of logging in to a desktop environment, no more no less. Once you're in, the login programs should drop dead (off my processes list).
I'm missing Arch, but I am however NOT missing the fact that I have to spend basically a whole freaking day just configuring it to run like I want it. I also still can't grasp why can't default fonts in Arch just look normal. Even Slackware and gentoo can have decent looking fonts, but in Arch ugly fonts seem to be a damn trademark.
So I guess I'm looking forward to a yet another distro shuffle. :\ It's just that I probably wont have much time with all the stuff waiting for me for the next month... We'll see..
If you have any advices please tell! Thanks.