Linux – Old Times

LinuxOne of the odder things about my new job is the use of a Windows machine, especially after hardly touching Windows outside a server or troubleshooting someone else’s computer for the last seven years or so.  So, I am allowed to put Linux on my work laptop, but for some reason it is giving me some trouble.  I was determined last night and so stayed up very late and eventually went to bed without success…

Basically it boils down to this…  I am very fond of Xubuntu, especially in the 14.04 attire, though I have been fond of XFCE for some time.   Regardless, I like the sleeker look of the theme and polish that comes in the Xubuntu theme and setup for XFCE.

So my first inclination was to just install the obvious Xubuntu.  But as soon as try to do my first reboot after the install, things go crazy and I get nothing on my screen on the reboot.  Well,  I do get the wallpaper, but nothing else.  I do not get the icons, the whisker menu, nor anything else.  And despite all my efforts and I can get nothing to launch or come up.  I found a couple of hints that recent and went into other desktops doing all that was suggested without any luck either.

Next up I decided to be adventurous and try to run Mint with XFCE on and find a theme that looked close.  After much effort, I could never get a theme to come up in XFCE over in Mint.  I am sure I was doing something wrong, but I can not put my finger on what it was.  So…

I decided to go with just straight Ubuntu and add XFCE and an appropriate them over top.  Finally something was working.  I got that installed, got XFCE installed, and I have done themes there before… but I could not find a them that was similar enough.  Really there was nothing similar at all.  And now it was approaching 1:00 am.

The choice was mine but knowing how I would drag at the office today, I chose to stick with Windows one more day.  After all, there is still a couple of apps that I am not sure how or if they are going run in nix system…

I guess I have something look forward to this evening.

** – Image is open source, I am sure of it.