So I bought a new netbook and I ripped Windows 8 off it and installed Ubuntu. Yay! But i felt that the environment was really, frustratingly slow.
When I installed i had it automatically log me in, no password required, because no one is going to touch this netbook but me. so it doesn't ask me for a password, it just logs straight into ubuntu 12.10.
I installed another desktop environment because i heard it was faster, if not as pretty, but i don't want to sit around waiting for programs to open.
but I couldn't figure out how to switch - because when i log in, it doesn't ask me for a password. And then i thought, "oh, I'll just log off, and see what happens."
you guys have heard of an onosecond, right? It's important. Because I had one. I chose the wrong desktop enviornment. I meant to choose LXDE, but there were two more environments there that I hadn't heard of, and I didn't really look at the names, and i chose one of them by accident.
Now I have nothing. NOTHING. I have a gray screen and a mouse pointer, and no desktop environment at all. I have no idea what this is. And I can't escape it, because...I foolishly didn't set my netbook to make me log in, so it automatically logs into the environment that was last set. which is this gray blankness with a movable mouse arrow. And I was going to leave to go on a writing meeting that starts in two hours and I have no idea what I have done. Curse it! Can *anyone* help?
I'd use the boot stick that I used to format and install ubuntu...but I don't *have* it. I lent it to a friend, permanently. yesterday. by mail. and I don't have any more USB sticks.
I really blew it this time.