Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I don't know of any "run" command in Gnome, maybe you accidentally switched your windows manager. If not then you would have to login to the console directly , but since you said that your FN keys aren't working you would have to login to the failsafe session at the login screen. From there you can delete your gnome settings for your user account. Check out this forum post http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=55302
First of all if your logged into the desktop now and you don't have a bar or anything but the wallpaper you can restart the xserver by hitting CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE. This will most likely make your pc beep really loud and reload the xserver back to the login screen.
At the login screen you should be able to choose your login session type. You should see an options button in the bottom left corner of the login screen. Open this menu and choose failsafe then login to your account. This will open up an xterm window with just a command prompt. If your unable to get to this point you can also open up a standard login terminal by hitting CTRL-ALT-F2 to get to a console.
Either way just make sure you get to a command prompt. Then enter this command "rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity" in your home directory. This will reset your login screen back to "factory defaults" and will load up like it did when you first installed.
Once you've done this you type exit to leave the command prompt. If you had to do the CTRL-ALT-F2, then you hit CTRL-ALT-F7 to get back to the xserver login. I suggest just rebooting afterwards.
**WARNING** This will remove any Gnome customizations or settings.
In the command line I typed the following to get into the home directory:-
"~ rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity"
Is that correct?
If so something processed but after re-boot I still don't have a task bar.
Yeah that should reset your desktop if your logging into the standard Ubuntu Gnome interface. Did anything go wrong during the install? Also when I said home directory I was referring to your directory for your user account. So it would be /home/username where username would be the login name your using. Typically the ~ will do the same thing. If that didn't resolve the issue then maybe your Gnome install is messed up. Make sure your really logging into the default session as well. If that still doesn't work I can walk you through reinstalling the desktop interface.
I pressed Control-Alt-F2, black screen came up, logged in, gave password and typed the above command. A load files seemed to get removed & then something was 'built' but after re-booting still no task bars.