I boogered up something in Kubuntu 7.10. Now there is a problem related to Xserver (or so the system says). To get the machine useful again quickly: my boss insists upon having a GUI. So I need a good way handle this... fast.
  • Is there a way to reinstall the OS without losing data?
  • Is there a one-size-fits-all fix for display issues?
  • What happens if I save data to a thumb drive that is FAT-formatted?
    I ask because I have had problems when
    1. FTPing tarballs to a Windows file server
    2. FTPing back to LINUX and
    3. un-TARing.
    4. The data were frequently corrupted.