kendell clark coffeekingms at
Fri Mar 18 17:55:53 UTC 2016

It's not an empty window exactly, it's where you start typing to find
applications and files to work with. It's supposed to say something like
"activities overview. Type to search text" but there's been a bug for
years that hasn't been fixed. There's also a dash on the left side
gotten to by pressing alt+control+tab until you hear "dash push button"
that's similar to the unity dock, although I don't think removable
devices show up on it.
Kendell Clark

Jude DaShiell wrote:
> On the old tower, for talkingarchlinux I had to download another
> package so talkingarchlinux would use both cores when needed.  It
> would be helpful if these graphical systems would take advantage of
> dual cores and quad cores when available.  I installed gnome and think
> the most the old tower will handle will be mate in future.  Hitting
> alt-f1 brings up an empty window or what sounds like an empty window
> on gnome.
> However, I did get wifi up and working on gnome that's similar to
> unity at least where I find the hidden wifi network button.  Even with
> the empty window hitting first letters of  options opened those
> options up and got me to computer hardware and network then I tabbed
> to vpn and hit cancel button and tabbed past use as hot spot and found
> use hideen wifi network button and went in there and answered
> questions and hit connect and I was good to go.
> On Fri, 18 Mar 2016, kendell clark wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 01:33:10
>> From: kendell clark <coffeekingms at>
>> To: B. Henry <burt1iband at>,
>> ubuntu-accessibility at
>> Subject: Re: introduction
>> hi
>> One thing I've noticed about mate, and probably other desktops as well,
>> is that they seem to have some kind of algorithm for measuring how much
>> ram a system has and adjusting how they use ram accordingly. On my
>> system, which has 8 gb of it, mate isn't all that resource efficient in
>> the ram department, usually idling at around 700 to 800 mb used.
>> However, on my mac and on mellisa's toshiba, mate idles at around 350 mb
>> used, and there's zero difference in performance. Gnome and unity
>> probably do the same thing, but they also use more effects so can be a
>> little heavier on the system. The biggest problem with unity and gnome
>> is, my opinion only, cpu usage. They use up a lot of the cpu cycles if
>> you have a slow one, and that can make the thing feel sluggish or
>> unresponsive. It's why I switched from gnome to mate on my mac, gnome
>> did not like my mac much.
>> Thanks
>> Kendell Clark
>> B. Henry wrote:
>>> It is something specific to your system if mate term is faster. It's
>>> as close to the same thing as is possible, was actually the exact
>>> same size, and
>>> had 0 differences one time when I dcompared.
>>> Thunderbird  works perfectly with unity. It sounds like something is
>>> messed up, corrupted or badly configured if you are having the
>>> problems mentiioned,
>>> Jude.
>>> Gnome is notably lighter than unity when it comes to RAM usage.

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