gnome 3 refugee: xfce went sour and new kernel loses keyboard and mouse.
Yesterday I updated my wheezy system and when I restarted my machine this
morning all my xfce windows had lost their frames. There as no longer a
close button or a top border I could use to move the window around. The
programs within the windows worked fine, though. But it's kind of
limiting not being able to move windows out of the way or minimize them.
I hope xfce isn't going the way of gnome and becoming unusable. I'm all
in favour of simplicity, but... As Einstein said, things should be as
simple as possible but no simpler.
But the story doesn't end there. It gets worse.
This morning I upgraded again. Now I have a brand-new kernel
(3.1.something). Booting with it gives me a login screen with only a
space for my user name (as in the old, old days) but does not respond to
keyboard input not mouse activity. I can't log in.
I rebooted using the laptop's power key, and used grub to choose the old
kernel (version 3.0.something) and got a login screen with a user name
already filled in and a slot to enter a password (the way things were
yesterday) and I could log in.
But I still get the frameless xfce.
Sorry not to be more specific about the kernel version, but if I start an
xterm to run uname, I'll lose the ability to access the window into which
I'm typing this message.
I'm going to hold off upgrading my other wheezy machines for a while.