[clug] Upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 has destroyed Gnome customisation

jhock jhock at iinet.net.au
Fri Oct 24 01:25:06 MDT 2014

Hi Hal,

Great suggestion. I created another administrator account and logged in
using that account. Here are the results:

Gnome: This looks the same as my original account and I hate it. It
looks very much like Unity. Yuk. I can't live with this.

Gnome (Classic): The menus etc. were all mucked up like my original
login. See original email content.

Gnome(Compiz) and (Metaciy): I could see the menu options and this looks
very similar to what I want. If I could customise this view I could use

It would appear to me, and I'm very willing to listen to anyone who has
alternative ideas, that my "auto-hide" of the top and bottom panel seems
to not work in the new Compiz or Metacity Gnome. If I could configure
either of these to make the auto-hide work, then I'll be on my way to
having something that I can use. Any suggestions from this very
knowledgeable list subscribers?

Thanks in advance for any help.


On Fri, 2014-10-24 at 17:31 +1100, Hal Ashburner wrote:
> Hey I dunno about this specifically.
> But if you think it's config. Create a new user account and log into
> to see if default looks better for you or if new version isn't to your
> liking at all.
> On 24 October 2014 17:17, jhock <jhock at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I am totally p!$$ed off!
> >
> > I have an eeePC with a 10.1" screen. About a month ago I upgraded from
> > Ubuntu LTS 12.04 to 14.04. In the process I stupidly answered "no" to
> > all the prompts to accept the default configuration hoping that all the
> > customisation of my Gnome windows - with many thanks to this list -
> > would be saved, but I lost almost everything that I like about Gnome.
> >
> > I don't like Unity. I want a simple menu list with categories that I can
> > edit. During the upgrade I ended up with a stack of categories that I
> > don't want, don't know how to change and are so long that I can't see
> > the last few categories or their applicaions because they are off the
> > bottom of the screen. (I don't even know how to screen capture to show
> > this list the mess that I'm in.)
> >
> > I also had the options at the top panel automatically hide itself so
> > that I can fully use the limited screen space. I also added my favourite
> > applications to the top panel eg. Midori, Evolution and ebReader. Those
> > options are now lost.
> >
> > I also had the bottom panel automatically hide itself to fully use the
> > screen space but that option has gone. The bottom panel used to show
> > *all* the applications so that I could easily switch applications no
> > matter what window it was in. That option has now gone. I can only see
> > in the bottom panel the applications that apply to that window and not
> > the other windows.
> >
> > Also, everything is slower! Showing and navigating through the menu
> > takes forever. Even changing windows seems to take a long time. It is
> > definitely slower than 12.04.
> >
> > Finally, can someone please help me? I have installed "Window Manager
> > (gnome-session-flashback)" but when I login using "Metacity" or "Compiz"
> > I can't see my top or bottom panels. If I login using "Gnome (Classic)"
> > the top and bottom panels do not auto-hide. Can someone tell me how to:
> >
> > - edit the menu categories and content
> > - auto hide the top and bottom panels
> > - show all the opened applications in the bottom panel
> > - change the windows navigation from Ctrl Alt up and down to Ctrl Alt
> > left and right
> > - make the operations faster and
> > - tell me what I should have done to not get myself into this mess when
> > I next upgrade Ubuntu LTS?
> >
> > Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
> >
> > Totally p*$#ed off John.
> >
> >
> >
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