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    Angry I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    I have been using ubuntu for about a month now, making the transition from windows. I wanted to try a different Desktop environment then gnome. I used Synaptic package manager and installed FVWM crystal but it didnt automatically switch to the new environment. So in a moment of brilliance i say " Hey maybe i have to delete Gnome and it will enable the new environment." I delete everything that has to do with gnome but it doesnt go away. I still have gnome i just have deleted all the essential programs needed to do anything with the desktop. I cant add new programs, cant use terminal , cant use synaptic. So i figured im screwed. Any suggestions would be much appreciated ,because i am stuck.

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    Hit Ctrl + Alt + F1 to go to the terminal.

    Log in.

    Enter this:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    Last edited by ChameleonDave; June 4th, 2008 at 05:08 PM. Reason: Ooops, "ubuntu-desktop", not "gnome-desktop"

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    To enable a new environment, you just have to choose it when you log on. There should be a button to click, allowing you to choose between GNOME, FVWM, KDE, XFCE, or whatever is on your system.

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    Quote Originally Posted by ChameleonDave View Post
    To enable a new environment, you just have to choose it when you log on. There should be a button to click, allowing you to choose between GNOME, FVWM, KDE, XFCE, or whatever is on your system.
    That button to click is usually a "Session" button, by the way
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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    Thanks so much , i panicked there for a second. The desktop is installing now

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    how do you exit the terminal when its finished installing

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexisMclovin View Post
    how do you exit the terminal when its finished installing
    type in exit

    you should have all the necessary apps again to use Synaptic. There you can build your desktop back up with any applications you need.

    I would restart after you finish..

    btw--you shouldn't go removing huge files like Gnome-desktop without doing a bit of research. I think there's a newbie section here, and of course wiki is your best friend when learning how to use Linux.

    Learning a few basic terminal commands will of course come in handy

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    thanks guys, yea i need alot of help with linux, but ill make sure i dont do anything as drastic next. I have my computer back

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexisMclovin View Post
    how do you exit the terminal when its finished installing
    There is a screen assigned to each function key. Ctrl + Alt + F7 will probably bring you back to your desktop or log-in screen.

    On any graphical screen, you can hit Ctrl + Alt + Backspace to restart the graphical server.

    You can also type "reboot" to restart the machine, or "shutdown -h now" to switch it off. You may need to put "sudo" before them.

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    Re: I made the buggest mistake ever, please help

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexisMclovin View Post
    thanks guys, yea i need alot of help with linux, but ill make sure i dont do anything as drastic next. I have my computer back
    sometimes drastic pays off...

    Now you know a few basic things about the terminal...lol

    Practice is practice Trust me, once you get to a certain point of efficiency in Linux, you'll probably never use anything else.

    Many only boot-up windows for gaming or for those Windows only applications that some professional need like a photoshop or something.

    Customizing how linux looks is the only the tip of the iceberg.

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