In the X window system the graphical interface is divided into the X server, which only handles the most primitive of tasks like keyboard and mouse events, and window managers, which are programs designed to handle how you interface with the desktop elements. There are various differences between them. Some organize the windows by floating them on the desktop, some organize them in a tiled grid.
In this question, I asked how to enable desktop management in Gnome Shell. Even though I managed to enable it, I ever since had this issue:
Note that the background is a distortion of my GDM login screen background and that there are no items on the desktop.
This is how all happened. I was trying to search good screen recorder and found on some website that recordMyDesktop will work well under GNOME *Shell. So I tried searching in google "how to find whether I'm using gnome shell".
Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) is rocking! It has gaining tremendous popularity among the common desktop users (specially developers). If you’ve been using Ubuntu for a while, then might be aware about some critical changes in last few versions.
Is there any command to refresh the desktop icons (exactly like F5 button does)?
I need this because in Startup Applications I set a command to mount my backup partition and I've created a desktop link to some directories there. The problem is that the icons are not refreshed when I log in, unless I press F5. I would like to put a command in the Startup Applications to do so.
I loaded Gnome Desktop to my wife's laptop. She didn't like it so continued to boot in Unity. However, suddenly Unity doesn't display the items on the desktop (she doesn't keep a clean-desktop) even though all the items are still in the Desktop folder.