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On 02/05/2012 02:47 PM, Dan Lewis wrote:
On Sun, 2012-02-05 at 20:39 +0100, Mirosław Zalewski wrote:
On 05/02/2012 at 19:31, webmaster for Kracked Press Productions
<>  wrote:

Does the "User Data" dialog box come up on a new/clean install for LO
.deb install anymore?
I simulated clean install (get test user and removed his ~/.libreoffice and
~/ folders) on my Debian testing box. On first run of LibreOffice
there was no box asking for user information (like name, address, organization
or anything). I am using LO from Debian repository, so it is possible that
Debian Developers removed that box on startup, although I find it unlikely.

I don't have access to any Windows machine right now, so I don't know how
would Windows version behave.

If Ubuntu 11.xx did not have Unity on
it, but something like GNOME 2.x, I would update my system.  I just do
not like to deal with my system with a desktop environment that makes it
look like a tablet.
There is project called MATE, which is actually renamed GNOME 2. I believe it
is available in Linux Mint repositories. Mint has also Cinnamon, which is fork
of GNOME 3 changed to provide more traditional (GNOME 2-like) look-and-feel.

Linux Mint itself is based on Ubuntu (but there is also version based on
Debian testing).

You may want to give them a try, maybe you will like it. Personally I had much
better experience with Mint than with Ubuntu.
Mint's website:<>
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski
      Ubuntu 11.10 comes with Classic GNOME. It is what I use instead of
Unity. From the Unity desktop, I logged out. One the left side of the
screen where the user password is entered, there is a cog in the upper
right corner of the box for the password. Clicking it gives these
choices: GNOME, GNOME (without effects), GNOME CLASSIC, Unity, and Unity
2D. Later shutting down and rebooting returns to GNOME CLASSIC.


Mint has two versions, Ubuntu based and Debian based.
Actually there are more as well, but these are the two main ones.
I was thinking about it till they stated about not being able to keep
GNOME 2.x desktop for their distro.  I installed Mint 12 and
could not find how to get access to the menus of packages.  There
was no panel to get access to anything with.  So it was not working
on that old test system.

Well, when I tried 11.10 on a P4 server, it insisted on installing Unity
and would not allow me to change to any other desktop.

I assume that you do not have your system auto-login. Last time I tried 11.10, I had to go through a login screen and it did not allow for a change of desktops. I could not even get
to the system settings to deep enough to force the change.

So I wonder which GNOME option would be the same as the default one for 10.04/GNOME?

Every system I have to try a new OS on is too slow to run Unity. Maybe I will be able to get one to work with 11.10. Actually I had a 10.10 with GNOME and KDE installed, and the update/upgrade to 11.04 decided that I did not want/need KDE and it un-installed all
of my needed KDE packages I use on a daily or weekly basis.

So you see why I did not want to deal with 11.04 or 11.10 for my default system.

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