Dave Sugar, prolific F/OSS author in NJ, whom I've met, is author of the newly accepted Lubuntu.
Perhaps Jon Stanley will know, if Fedora Lite, its LXDE equivalent, is planned for release, soon after Ubuntu 9.10 & Fedora 12 arrive at the end of this month?
If you're not familiar with Lxde.org, it is as lite, or lighter than Xfce, yet gnome compatible.
You can simply install Lxde as an alternate desktop, without giving up your existing desktop.
Personally, it hasn't supported multiple monitors for me; otherwise I am impressed.
I've met Dave, and can help ask him to come speak, should our Linux Meetup be looking for speakers...
I am running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty with ext4.
Whenever I place certain brands of thumb drives / pen drives into it, and copy files, the usb filesystem becomes unreadable, and must be reformatted.
The problem manifests itself, when I place the USB drive into a Windows XP box.
Note that both boxes are 7 year-old Dells with USB 2.0.
It makes no difference, whether I format the drives on Windows with FAT or VFAT/32
I have no problem with some cheap RCA devices; this nearly always happens with a no-name stick, and an iPod shuffle.
Frankly, the generic usb drive is better quality than the iPod.