I've been having problems recently with the functionality of the taskbar. While researching it, I came across a post by etienoo, from just a few hours ago. The weird thing is that I am using Gnome and etienoo is using xfce. My problem is that the task bar stays empty. I have a task bar, but when I start a new application nothing appears on the taskbar showing that something is running. The day before the problem started, I installed Red Eclipse (which I have since uninstalled). The next morning my desktop changed upon startup; the wallpaper/background changed and my quick icons in the upper left were gone. Then I noticed problems with the taskbar. I thought I'd been hacked and looked at my firewall. It was off! Now everytime I reboot I have to turn the firewall back on. Sometimes Terminal command history isn't all there either. Have I been hacked? Has anybody else experienced the “no tasks on taskbar” issue? I'm backing up all data expecting to reinstall (again ), but would appreciate any opinions or possible fixes.