JAB_Creations - 3:14 am on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
My local server is for local testing only before I upload changes to live servers (I love the base element). Generally speaking I use my machine for local web design/development, some personal media (e.g. music and videos) and some gaming. I'm not interested in playing around in the terminal all day, I have to get stuff done though I have the time now to test out different GUI applications. I don't expect to fully escape having to use the terminal since I'm a power user though I couldn't get Flash to work in Firefox on Fedora and to run the latest version of Iceweasel I was told I had to compile the software myself...really? I want to bind my fourth and fifth mouse buttons and the function keys on my keyboard, stuff like that which reduces the number of steps for me to get things moving along. The less time spent in the terminal and the greater the ability to customize things I need than more productive I can be.
I've tried Ubuntu and Kubuntu in virtual environments though I have yet to try them as regular installs. Fedora didn't allow an install without first booting to a live environment that took like an hour just to boot so if I'm going to bother burning an ISO to a CD I'd rather just install a new distro and try it without waiting for my optical drive to constantly spin up.
When I tried Kubuntu I had the same mouse problems though at the time associated it with the virtual application and not the OS itself. If LXDE and KDE are not the same though both use X11 then I think the mouse problem could probably be attributed to it since I kept having to edit the file /etc/X11/Xmodmap. I haven't had trouble with the mouse in Ubuntu though I tried Kubuntu to test out Konqueror I thought it was the virtualization software causing the problems.
Having a busy week so I'll be a bit slow to respond and reply though I'll try some of the distros that are being mentioned soon. Thanks for the suggestions so far.