Instability in New MacIntel Installation of 12.04.1

Asked by sfarber53

My simple objective is to replace OS X with Ubuntu i386 on my 2006 IntelMacwith dual 2 Ghz cores and 2 GB of Ram. I do not use Unity, but prefer Gnome. That said, I have had stability issues. I don't seem to have the ability to autohide the panels on the screen, nor do I have a screensaver configured by the default installation as I have been accustomed to with Gnome in the past.

When I added the Xscreensaver 5.15 the system seemed to completely destabilize. I have removed the Xscreensaver and have restored some semblance of the stability I have come to expect from Ubuntu, but I still have no screen saver of any kind and am nervous that the system will continue unpredictable and unstable. It has shutdown on its own a few times during today.

I have the syslogs for all of today's activity and will provide them on request.

The system seems to be ok at the moment, but the shenanigans it has pulled on me today are completely out of character for Ubuntu.

I guess I'm looking for some reassurance and some direction with respect to the business of hiding the applet panels and getting a working screensaver.

Any assistance to help stabilize my new Ubuntu install will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Steve Farber
Montague, NJ

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Unity is not a replacement for Gnome. Unity is a shell for Gnome. When you use Unity, there is Gnome underneath and uses Compiz as the Window manager.

If you like the Gnome2 smell and want full support, I recommend you install xfce4 and use XFCE session. It has the old style menus and 2 panel desktop to which you are accustomed to.

I recommend you report a bug with gnome.

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sfarber53 (sfarber53) said :

Thank you for your prompt, clear answer. I will certainly do that although replacing Gnome is not what I'd hoped to do.

I will report a bug to Gnome if the instability continues.

Best wishes.