I just dont have time to mess with it any more. I used to have time to search through hundreds of forum pages to find some gibberish string of text that I could cut and paste into it and hope that fixed the problem. Now, its just no longer worth it. I ran Ubuntu for a long time too, 6.06-11.04. The little things also just started to bug me. Like my mouse has more than 3 buttons but I have to jump through crazy hoops to do anything with them. My sound just stopped working one update and could never get it going again. Had to by a new sound card. The UI got all jacked up with what ever it is they are now doing with it. Spent a couple hours trying to get it to look halfway normal. It was a mess getting my printer to work with it even though I specifically bought a supported printer. That got me into wife-usability trouble.
I just decided that I am spending more time working ON it than with it. Finally Ubuntu's only competitive advantage came down to cost and a student discount copy of Win7 won. Its stable, wife friendly, works with everything, and runs everything I need. It just turned out that I am willing to pay a premium for a better experience.