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    XFCE showing GNOME desktop

    I am the latest stable Ubuntu (10.10) on an Asus netbook and have both GNOME an XFCE installed. I started with Gnome and than installed XFCE because it works slightly faster on that slow computer.

    In the beginning everything was fine, but at some point, I don't know when (but it was so also when I was running ubuntu 9.10, before I upgraded to 10), this is what started to happen: when I log in and choose XFCE, I first see my XFCE desktop, then it flickers back and forth between my XFCE and Gnome desktop (but the top panel remains the XFCE one), and eventually it settles on the GNOME desktop (which has its own color, different icons in different positions, and its own context menus).

    The general desktop environment is XFCE: the desktop panel and the itmes on it are XFCE, but the desktop area itself is my GNOME desktop.

    Any idea why this happens and what I can do to get rid of the display of the GNOME desktop when I choose to use XFCE?

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    Lightbulb Re: XFCE showing GNOME desktop

    Same thing happened to me. https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=5484

    It may be your running Nautilus in the background. You might try killing it in System Monitor, and making sure it's not listed in Session and startup/session and reboot with automatically save session on logout.
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    Re: XFCE showing GNOME desktop

    Thank you. You were right. Nautilus was running at startup, and disabling it solved the problem. I am wondering, though, why it was starting in the first place. I can't see any effect its disablement has on the running of anything else, including GNOME applications.

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    Re: XFCE showing GNOME desktop

    Not sure why it decided to start doing that, unless something you used in Xfce needed it & it decided to stick around. In my case, I was playing around with XfApplet & tried using the GNOME trash Can panel applet in Xfce. Had to go back to the Xfce one.
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    Re: XFCE showing GNOME desktop

    The only thing I can think of (perhaps because I am not a very technically knowledgeable linux user) that I use that may require nautilus is Dropbox, that is described as "nautilus plugin". But it works as well after I removed nautilus from the list of auto-starting programs.

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    Re: XFCE showing GNOME desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by SantaFe View Post
    Same thing happened to me. https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=5484

    It may be your running Nautilus in the background. You might try killing it in System Monitor, and making sure it's not listed in Session and startup/session and reboot with automatically save session on logout.
    Cool, worked for me too.
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