I have been using Linux off an on for the past 10 years for personal needs. Having never tried KDE, I installed it on the latest Ubuntu distribution. It is quite fancy and has lots of good features, however it has its share of issues too.
Surprisingly one of the features leaked into my Gnome sessions: the mouse pointer.
For whatever reason KDE's Oxygen theme with its weird mouse pointer would refuse to go away in Gnome - no matter how much I tried changing the theme.
rohit@lenovo:~$ uname -a
Linux lenovo 2.6.32-24-generic-pae #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Aug 20 15:37:22 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
After scouring the net, and not finding much help I decided to "reset"; this turned out to be difficult as well. No matter which other default theme I selected, it still did not remove the offending pointer style. Oxy persisted. Here's what worked - I removed the theme files under ~/.theme. Brutal, but it works. Now I have a nice black pointer.