Avatar in Vista theme does not display my login picture

Asked by Roger Ramsey on 2012-08-23

OK, this is a bit convoluted and each piece is linked from what I can tell:

I installed 12.04LTS and replaced Unity with Gnome 3.4. Unity was completely removed.
I do NOT have Evolution Mail installed
Gnomenu is being used with AWN (as it is on Zorin 6)
The Gnomenu avatar in the Vista theme does not display my login picture

I understand that the widget that displays the avatar uses the gnome-about-me feature which needs the Evolution engine to work. gnome-about-me is aparrently not installed on my system, likely because Evolution mail wasn't installed when I downloaded and installed Gnome. I also understand that Gnome 3.4 has a new feature called Gnome Contacts (which can be run by typing gnome-contacts in Terminal).

I don't want to install Evolution mail but I want the avatar to work correctly (I actually built my own theme which is a variant of the Zorin OS Windows 7 theme and that's the avatar I want to have display my choice of picture).

So, the question is:

Can I get Gnomenu to use Gnome Contacts instead to provide that functionality? Failing that, how can I get the avatar to work properly?

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technoshaun (shaun-marolf) said : #1

Are you refering to the Avatar appearing in GnoMenu or on Unity Greeter?
If GnoMenu the issue is Gnome 3 no longer uses a .face picture file (bmp
format) to get the avatar on GnoMenu copy your avatar to your home
directory and rename it .face then it will appear in GnoMenu. remember
it needs to be 96 X 96 pixels.

--Shaun

On 08/23/2012 02:35 PM, Roger Ramsey wrote:
> New question #206631 on GnoMenu:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/gnomenu/+question/206631
>
> OK, this is a bit convoluted and each piece is linked form what I can tell:
>
> I installed 12.04 and replaced Unity with Gnome 3.4.
> I do not have Evolution Mail installed
> The Gnomenu avatar in the Vista theme does not display my login picture
>
> I understand that the widget that displays the avatar uses the gnome-about-me feature which needs the Evolution engine to work. gnome-about-me is aparrently not installed on my system, likely because Evolution mail wasn't installed when I downloaded and installed Gnome. I also understand that Gnome 3.4 has a new feature called Gnome Contacts (which can be run by typing gnome-contacts in Terminal).
>
> I don't want to install Evolution mail but I want the avatar to work correctly (I actually built my own theme which is a variant of the Zorin OS Windows 7 theme and that's the avatar I want to have display my choice of picture).
>
> So, the question is:
>
> Can I get Gnomenu to use Gnome Contacts instead to provide that functionality? Failing that, how can I get the avatar to work properly?
>

Roger Ramsey (roj-linux) said : #2

Thank you - that's exactly what I'm looking for. Will Gnomenu be altered to run seamlessly with AWN under Gnome3 / Unity? There is a HUGE need for a decent interface to compensate for the glaring shortcomings of both Gnome3 and Unity and the combination of the two apps would be perfect.

technoshaun (shaun-marolf) said : #3

Helder has sadly moved on from Gnomenu and its development is being
branched out by various others for MATE, Awn and other interfaces. I use
Zorin OS and have GnoMenu running fine with Awn but there is no .deb
package yet. I am working with the Zorin developers to handle Awn
specific issues and GnoMenu and at some point get a debanized version
for Awn in place. Its a slow process as they have to concentrate on the
entire user interface not just the menu.

--Shaun

On 08/23/2012 05:41 PM, Roger Ramsey wrote:
> Question #206631 on GnoMenu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/gnomenu/+question/206631
>
> Roger Ramsey posted a new comment:
> Thank you - that's exactly what I'm looking for. Will Gnomenu be
> altered to run seamlessly with AWN under Gnome3 / Unity? There is a
> HUGE need for a decent interface to compensate for the glaring
> shortcomings of both Gnome3 and Unity and the combination of the two
> apps would be perfect.
>

Roger Ramsey (roj-linux) said : #4

Well, at least there's hope. :) Thanks for all your insight - this app is hugely appreciated. It's the only thing that makes 12.04 usable.