I have been beating my head against the wall and my Google-fu is failing me.
I tried Ubuntu 11.10 and saw Gnome 3. It's horrid. So I thought I'd give KDE4 a shot.
My only complaint after a few days of use is that when I open up gnome-terminal (I dislike konsole), the window automatically (and slowly) re-sizes down to a very small box--enough to display the title, menubar, and maybe 2 lines of text by about 20 characters.
Several other apps do this too. I've looked under and played around with Special App Settings under the system menu, but there are 50,000 settings relating to window positioning and re-sizing and none of them appear to be fixing the problem after twiddling them for 30 minutes.
Any pointers to get this window to stop re-sizing?