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

Hal Ashburner hal at ashburner.info
Fri Oct 24 03:07:29 MDT 2014

Or switch distributions to something like say, debian, whence cometh
most (or by one view of it, all) that's worthwhile about ubu anyway.
Then use the actual desktop that you actually want, which, if it is
gnome 2, I believe is called "mate" nowadays. However I wouldn't know
too much about that because I really *like* gnome 3. It's brilliant in
the free software world that we can choose what we like rather than
necessarily what some very rich guy* decides we must now use, huh? Go
the Free!

*whether or not they take $20 million joyrides or deem that too gauche
a use for their extreme wealth. Woo, controversial - you're right, I'm
wrong, how dare I? I'm sorry etc etc.

On 24 October 2014 19:48, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
<ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 24 October 2014 18:25, jhock <jhock at iinet.net.au> wrote:
>> 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.
>> 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.
> IIUC, the Gnome Classic is a re-implementation (in that it looks and
> acts similar, so not 100% functionality) of the layout of Gnome2 using
> Mutter and Gnome3.  As such, previous configurations do not carry
> over, but it might be possible to install gnome-tweak-tool and some
> Gnome extensions to give you similar functionality.
>> John.
>> 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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