I wiped out my Gentoo install and put in Ubuntu. My last try to fix KDE in Gentoo didn't work. I know I could've fixed it; I could've rolled back to the stable version, for example. But I realized it'd take a whole day to compile it, and what was the point really? Like so many other people, I find that I don't have the time to screw around with things as much as I used to.
The good thing about Linux is that you can pick up and try another distro with very little problem. My
/home is its own partition, so it's no big deal to keep it around while installing a new distro. All my app-specific config files still work in Ubuntu. I've brought along my Gentoo .inputrc and whatnot, so I feel right at home already. If I don't like Ubuntu it'd only take me a day to go back to Gentoo anyways.
I tried to install the latest version (Edgy Eft) but either the CD didn't burn right or the ISO I downloaded was corrupt. (MD5SUM checked out, so who knows.) So I fished out the ancient Breezy beta 5.10 installer CD I had from summer 2005, and used that. Then I started upgrading my way through all the releases that've been sent out since then. It was really fun to watch the evolution of the desktop as I went from Breezy to Dapper to Edgy. All three major upgrades took next to no thinking on my part, though they did take some time due to the 600MB+ download for each upgrade. And the process did crap out after I did apt-get upgrade and rebooted without doing apt-get dist-upgrade and realized X wasn't working at all; purely a matter of PEBKAC there. But then I picked up where I left off, and GDM actually magically restarted itself at the appropriate time, which impressed me. Everything is working very fast, it looks pretty good (albeit very orange), I have just about the latest version of every app I care about, and I'm happy. We'll see how long this lasts.
Tomorrow I'll see about getting Twinview working. And maybe try Beryl if I'm feeling stupid.