I decided to go ahead and do a fresh install of kubuntu gutsy gibbon on my work laptop too. the main motivation was to utilize the disk space better. I wanted to eliminate some little or not-at-all used partitions, and I was almost out of space in my /work partition. this install went almost as smooth as on Jupiter, but the laptop has a lot more software on it and a lot more requirements. I think I have everything done now, and I'm glad I did. disk usage before: Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on 8.0G 5.8G 2.3G 72% / 4.0G 3.2G 861M 80% /home 1.0G 745M 280M 73% /tmp 13G 13G 505M 97% /data 16G 14G 2.7G 84% /work 5.0G 2.8G 2.3G 55% /cache after: Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on 8.5G 4.9G 3.7G 57% / 23G 16G 6.9G 70% /home 228M 6.1M 211M 3% /boot 24G 14G 11G 56% /work (any filesystems “missing” from the second list got integrated in somewhere else) I went ahead and set dvorak as the default keyboard layout, so now I don't even have to log in with qwerty. the boot procedure is much simpler than before too, I have the same amount of security/crypto as before, but have to deal with about half a dozen less password prompts, since it prompts me for passphrases while booting instead of me logging in and then having to run sudo and some scripts to mount the encrypted partitions.