Well I'm not sure what I did, but I no longer have a working desktop on my brand new installation of Slackware-current. I just installed it on my Asus Zenbook UX21A the other day, and other than the manufacturer-defined backlight function keys not working, everything was functioning perfectly. Then, however, right after I adjusted the backlight in
(while logged in as root in X, through the terminal emulator) and opened a Firefox window, my XFCE became unusable. My mouse cursor turned into an "X," the title bars on the windows disappeared, and it would not let me type anything else into the terminal. But I could still pull up the start menu and open applications from there, so I took a screenshot (below).
I did a reboot, and the problem persisted. Then when I tried to mount my flash drive so I could move my screenshot over, I noticed that it would not let me create directories anymore.
I literally haven't done anything except make a few directories in my home folder, change the dpi settings through XFCE, install the terminus-font slackbuild and set it through setfont, and make this adjustment to the backlight. That's it.
Does anyone know what went wrong here? Thanks.
P.S. I did see a reference to this happening to Ubuntu users with Compiz here
, but I am using XFCE.
(That is one instance of Firefox.)