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I have been reading this thread, but since I do not use Ubuntu, I have no direct experience to add to this discussion. However, I may make one suggestion: check the age of your video card and computer. I use Slackware Linux and I have had KDE4 (QT-based) and xfce (GTK-based) desktop stability problems for the last 3 or 4 Slackware releases. My computer and its ATI Radeon AGP video card were over 10 years old. I recently upgraded my computer to 2-year old technology and used an ATI 4350 PCI Express video card and the stability problems went away. I suspect that the Linux devs no longer have access to the old hardware (AGP in this case) and do not test the new code with it. Therefore, it is a crap shot for new Linux versions to fully function with old hardware.

As a footnote: After the upgrade, I took the old computer and went from 1GB to 3GB of RAM, but that alone did not solve the desktop stability problems. Switching from the old ATI AGP to an even older Nvidia AGP I had lying around, and switching from the default nouveau driver, because it would not find the old card, to the "nv" driver, got the old system working stably again. But it is a "bailing wire" approach and is destined to fail in the future.

Girvin Herr

On 01/22/2014 09:02 PM, Tony Godshall wrote:
10.04 LTS is lucid. We never went to gnome 3 since it broke too many
workflows. We looked at cinnamon and mate and they made our workstations
unstable. It's weird that an application could disrupt the ui as much as
we're seeing. Our users are used to their workstations staying up for
months and installing libre office has been much more disruptive than a
simple application install should have been.
On Jan 21, 2014 6:53 PM, "Jay Lozier" <> wrote:

On 01/21/2014 07:00 PM, Tony Godshall wrote:

This seems to be directly correlated to the install of LibreOffice 4.1.

OS is Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS 32-bit.  Hardware varies- mostly AMD64
dual-core E350 and E450.

I'm trying to confirm other issues- users have reported it's happens
more when using toolbar things like color background of cell to

I've confirmed panels going away and panels going transparent.

Some users have figured out that they can choose Log Out and then just
cancel and get their environment back.  Clicking Log Out is a
challenge but doable when the panel disappears- tooltips show where
the buttons are.

I've also found out that I can ssh in, su - to the user, kill
gnome-panel, and then relaunch it, and that also restores their
desktop to function.

This is Gnome 2 on Maverick? I am not sure if anyone here knows enough
about gnome-panel to answer you.

Have you tried the Ubuntu or Gnome forums?

Jay Lozier

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