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Old 05-10-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Is it possible to get GNOME2 logo in MATE screensaver, in Xubun 12.04 on MBPro?


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I'm new to this list thanks to recommendation from "k3lt01"(?) but I've been kicking around in Linux as a GUI user for about two years. I've checked on a number of forums and Goggle for similar questions and this one is "special." I have the PPC variation of Xubun 12.04 running on an iBook and on a semi-comatose G4 iMac, and I recently defected from LM13 on my MBPro after running into a problem with erratic cursor movement while typing in web browser email or forum type situations that would erase my work, very irritating . . . couldn't figure out why that was happening and couldn't get any insight into the problem from a few forums, so I wiped the partition and went to Xubun 12.04 64 bit.

Things were going fine in Xubun 12 until I added a couple extra DEs and then the cursor problem returned . . . so it's following me in the new system . . . and that problem may be self-sabotage in terms of adding too many DEs or it could be that somehow MATE has created some internal "conflicts" that can't be resolved by the system . . . since this problem didn't occur until adding MATE. But, my reason for adding the MATE DE is that I enjoyed the GNOME logo "Floating Feet" screensaver that was loaded with LM13 MATE, and so I've tried to add "gnome-screensaver" thru Synaptic, but it doesn't seem to have brought the Foot logo into play anywhere I can find, so I added MATE DE which does have the "Floating Feet" screensaver, but it's using the MATE target symbol, which just isn't as amusing as the actual GNOME foot . . . .

I posted this question on the GNOME DE forum and received no response; it is my understanding that GNOME3 doesn't have the Floating Feet screensaver anymore, and, no big deal, I could add the GNOME DE to check it out, but now I'm thinking that more DEs are a potential problem. I have already removed the LXDE DE but that didn't seem to eliminate the jumping cursor with data erasure problem; I'm wondering if there is a way to get the MATE screensaver to use the GNOME2 logo, or if there is a way to get the Floating Feet in GNOME DE to show up in Xubuntu 12.04 . . . or if I would have to go back to LM13 if I really want the Feet? I'd like to get the feet, but the data erasure problem is clearly the more serious problem--I'd just like to have the option of watching those feet float around . . . but how is the question?

Thanks kindly,

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Old 05-11-2013, 04:13 AM   #2
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I can't speak for the feet, as I'm not a Gnome user though I will take a look in a VM for you when I get chance.
As to the erasing text -- I think that will be a case of the trackpad not being disabled as you type so you are, in effect, selecting text with it when you catch it with your thumbs as you type. It's a common problem and you may find help here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticsTouchpad
or, here though it is for Arch so I'd try Xubuntu specific places first:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...d_while_Typing
 
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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I can't speak for the feet, as I'm not a Gnome user though I will take a look in a VM for you when I get chance.
As to the erasing text -- I think that will be a case of the trackpad not being disabled as you type so you are, in effect, selecting text with it when you catch it with your thumbs as you type. It's a common problem and you may find help here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticsTouchpad
or, here though it is for Arch so I'd try Xubuntu specific places first:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...d_while_Typing
@273:

Thanks kindly for your reply, happy to hear anything you might find on the Floating Feet being feet.

On the text erasure, also thanks for the links, this topic was kind of covered on the LM & Ubuntu forums, with various suggestions to "turn off the touchpad" as the "solution" or for testing, which I did and I believe the problem continued . . . it is very frustrating. Even if the extra step to uncheck disable tp while typing isn't considered unwieldy, it didn't seem to deal with it. A Ubuntu moderator gave a link to the "Syndaemon" bug page and there the idea was that the length of time that the tp was disabled after stopping typing wasn't long enough and that could be adjusted . . . by the time that idea was presented, a month or more after posting on the LM forum, I had erased LM and had gone to Xubun. And, the problem didn't show up until after I had added LXDE and MATE DEs . . . and not specifically until after the MATE DE was added. But, the problem is intermittent, and I don't always have extensive typing to do, which is where the problem shows up . . . .

And, different scenarios seem to generate the problem, for awhile it was hitting the shift key, so right after the first letter in a sentence, but there are many; but, once it started happening I became hyper conscious of whether I was swiping the TP, keeping the thumbs up, etc. I even sent my thumbs to boot camp to get them back into shape . . . at tremendous expense and time . . . I even put little cameras on my thumbs to record my typing . . . and . . . and, I don't think I'm dragging the TP when the problem happens . . . . : - )

Anyway, in the American spirit I tried to solve the problem by changing the system, it could be that evrything is cool until there are too many DEs, but if the problem is kernel based, I may have to actually deal with it . . . however, I consider turning off the touchpad every time I'd want to type to be . . . not a solution . . . . In the meanwhile, if there is a way to get gnome logo feet to float around on the screen in Xubun, I'd be happy to hear it . . . it might be that switching back to LM13 MATE would be the path of least resistance . . . . I have dual boot set up, so if I need to type seriously it just wouldn't be in . . . the alternative; plug in mouse, navi to "mouse and touchpad" . . . turn off touchpad, type, navi back to M & T, turn TP back on . . . . OK, just kidding, it might be easy enough to adjust the Syndaemon if I tried, but the Ubuntu tutorial on Synaptics doesn't give too much on troubleshooting, it just tells you how to set it up or turn it off in CLI . . . . Having said that, the data erasure stuff is just backstory on why I left LM MATE, the purpose of this thread is can I get the GNOME Feet to show up in Xubun 12 w/o major fiddling, etc?

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:56 PM   #4
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Folks:

After several weeks of posting this question on various forums, today I tried unsuccessfully to follow the tips that k3lt01 provided to get a gnome logo image in place of the MATE logo . . . . Since my problem with the jumping cursor re-occurred after adding MATE I am abandoning my pursuit of this question, I removed MATE from the system to see if the data erasure problem continues without it--please don't spend any time thinking about the question at this time. Thanks to those who did try to help. If I want the floating feet I'll either re-install LM13 or if the jumping cursor problem continues w/o MATE I may re-install the DE and try again to get the gnome logo to float instead of the mate logo, and I'll post back, otherwise, it's been real . . . sayonara.

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