I run the latest version of Ubuntu Linux with the KDE Desktop environment (that is KUbuntu, really) on my Dell Inspiron laptop, and most of the time, I’m very happy with it. There is one major problem however: Now and then, the whole system freezes for no apparent reason. This is bad for several reasons, such as the risk of loosing data, the sheer annoyance and wasted time, and the fact that I’m now facing some of the same problems with Linux that I used to face with windows several years ago (Remember the infamous “blue screen of death”?). Also, rebooting by cutting the power (that is, turning the PC off and on again) is probably not very good for the hardware or the system. There is, after all, a reason why it usually takes a few seconds to shut it down.
For that last problem at least, here is a useful tip:
Holding down and while entering the letters R, E, I, S, U and B will shut down the system more carefully, and reboot. I don’t remember exactly what each character stands for, but the last one was supposedly “boot”. I believe the others turn off other processes first, so the reboot is as soft as possible.
So that’s it: Alt + PrntScrrn + “REISUB”. I’m hoping this won’t be needed for too long, and that system updates will fix these issues soon. Otherwise, I just might have to go looking for a different distro, because this is not acceptable in the long run.