desktop b0rken: was Re: X not working on precise

Dave Howorth dhoworth at
Thu Sep 13 14:12:51 UTC 2012

Liam Proven wrote:
> You installed the Unity-based version, you get Unity.

No I didn't, Unity did not exist when I installed that machine!

> Did you originally install the vanilla GNOME Ubuntu and manually add


> Then you were not running LXDE-based Ubuntu but plain Ubuntu and
> that is what you got when you upgraded.

No. I was running Ubuntu plus LXDE and most importantly, it was
configured to use lxdm and LXDE as my session type. The upgrade appears
to have completely ignored that configuration.

> But if you don't want the GNOME or Unity desktop, then you should not
> be running the version of the distro that comes with a GNOME or Unity
> desktop, because when you upgrade it, it is still going to be the
> version with the GNOME/Unity desktop!

You miss the point. This is an existing machine that has been upgraded,
not a new install. I'm quite happy to have the other desktops sitting on
disks, as long as they don't force themselves in my face.

> It can't read your mind. If you are running the standard version, then
> that is what you are going to get. If you don't want it, don't run it,
> run the version that has the desktop you want. This is not rocket
> science!

It can't read my mind, but it can and should read its own configuration

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