There is a rather annoying issue related with NetBeans displaying large fonts on Ubuntu for menus and panels. There are some suggestions on Ubuntu forums related with java fonts settings, but there are a couple of better solutions which may improve the way NetBeans looks on Ubuntu when it comes to font size.
The issue with Google Chrome was that it crashed in about 3 seconds after startup. I encountered this problem using Chrome 9 and 10 beta on Ubuntu 10.10, but this fix may apply to other versions and operating systems as well.
Midnight Commander, one of the most used CLI file managers available for Linux is unable to preserve settings over different sessions
Desktop effects in Ubuntu 8.10 can be used without Compiz, by enabling compositing in Metacity – the Gnome’s default window manager.