Welp, that was an interesting exercise in holy crap. After installing Ubuntu 9.04 (netbook remix) on my Acer Aspire One netbook, things looked great; I switched the system over to the full Gnome desktop UI — the remix has a simple launcher as its default — and everything just ran slick and stable … until I rebooted, and the system menu bars were gone.
That’s a bit of a problem, since pretty much everything you need to load and run the Gnome GUI resides in those panels.
Googling about on my Mac I came across a thread in the Ubuntu support forums that got me pointed in the right direction. It began a year ago. Seems I wasn’t the only one who had this problem. (I’m post #15 there.)
Most of the procedures suggested for fixing the issue didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get a window activated to accept my keystrokes. I was finally able to correct the problem, but what I actually enjoyed about it was:
(1) I wasn’t the only one who had this problem, and the Ubuntu support forums were a hell of a good source of information; and
(2) I was able to get the problem fixed with essentially no effort, panic or profanity. That’s never been possible with Windows when something goes wrong*, and Ubuntu Jaunty is such a vast improvement over what I remember of Red Hat that I’m genuinely impressed at how well Linux in general has progressed. It was a hell of a lot easier than, say, editing an XF86.config file by hand to match your display card and monitor dot clock.
So, basically, I’m still having a good time. I fixed a broken component in my OS without having to reinstall anything; that’s always a satisfying thing to be able to do.
* On Mac, these kinds of things just don’t happen at all.
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