Xfce, ubuntu and gnome ...

Robin Haswell rob at digital-crocus.com
Sat Mar 4 22:24:43 CET 2006

Does anyone else think that Gnome is as close to "vendor lock-in" as you 
get in FOSS? I've lost count of the issues I've had to fix as a result 
of simply trying to change window and desktop managers in GNOME.


Jannis Pohlmann wrote:
> On Sat, 4 Mar 2006 22:12:28 +0100
> Jannis Pohlmann <jannis at xfce.org> wrote:
>> On Sat, 4 Mar 2006 14:02:06 -0700
>> "Jim Bodkikns \(Dakotacom\)" <JimBodkins at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> ... dont seem to play well together. I am migrating (ubuntu sarge)
>>> from gnome to xfce and have lost my desktop background several times
>>> to that horrible ubuntu brown. The first time I deleted the cache -
>>> problem fixed. It is now back (as well as an unexplained inability
>>> to get a right mouse desktop menu). I ran nautilus once, I have no
>>> idea if or why that would have an effect. I have googlied and
>>> oogled. I have found other instances of this problem with no clear
>>> solution.
>> By default, Nautilus is the program to manage the Gnome desktop.
>> Although its name is not "Konqueror", this is what it does: It
>> conquers the desktop and may even kill running xfdesktop instances.
>> Luckily, you can disable this using the GConf editor (gconf-editor on
>> Ubuntu and Debian). Just browse to /apps/nautilus/preferences and
>> disable the show_desktop property. 
>> And don't forget to kill and install Thunar afterwards.
>                          ^^^
>         Kill what, you ask? Nautilus. Stupid me.
> - Jannis
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