What to do? The netbook has Xubuntu, but when I try adding an Xubuntu partition to the drive, and have it to use the exist /home partition*, it will boot fine, login fine in text mode, but not into the GUI. Even when I install the MATE desktop that I've been using in Linux Mint.
A look around Distrowatch comes up with a couple of possibilities, but the one that makes most sense is Mint Debian, which is based on Debian directly rather than via Ubuntu. It will make some problems (the PPAs that have the latest versions of some things for Ubuntu and derivatives typically don't work with Debian) but it gives a very nice combination of the advantages of Debian Testing and of Mint's more relaxed attitude to some issues of moral purity. (You get Firefox rather than being rebranded as Iceweasel because of not agreeing with Mozilla's limitations on what you can do with the Firefox logos, for example.)
We'll see if it works in terms of ending the crashes...
* Obviously /home - where all your data and personal config files are - is on its own partition, because that makes upgrading or changing the OS sooooo much easier.
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