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I installed a minimal Ubuntu with a complete and functional GUI, but facing a few problems:

  • nm-applet's icon won't show in the notification area, but I can connect to wired internet fine. I am not able to configure my wireless or VPN this way.
  • gksu's authentication screen is different from the usual graphical authentication - the screen turns gray as usual, but there are more options like save password for this session or keyring. And most importantly, it won't accept my password no matter what.
  • And lastly, Gwibber seems to install no matter what, but there's not a single package in my knowledge that I installed has anything related to Gwibber.

I would welcome any help regarding these three issues. I did not mention what packages I installed, because the list is long, but I will do so if anyone requests.

Thank you in advance!


As you can see from the solution I posted, the problems are pretty much solved. However, I'd love to know what exactly hrhnick's solution did and the possible workarounds to the Gwibber issue.

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Additionally, if anyone can tell me how to install restricted drivers on command line, instead of having to install jockey-gtk it will be extremely welcome. – Oxwivi Nov 21 '10 at 10:52
You should write one post per question as they are not related, and it's hart to answer/accept multiple questions. – João Pinto Nov 21 '10 at 11:09
Experiences in minimal install among general Ubuntu users is very low. So I wrote one post for all the problems I had relating to minimal, and if anyone knows what to do will hopefully will reply. – Oxwivi Nov 21 '10 at 13:12
@Toki If you split your questions up into three different question topics you will get more authoritative responses from the people who know each component. – Marco Ceppi Nov 21 '10 at 13:35
Running gconftool-2 -s --type bool /apps/gksu/sudo-mode true should fix the gksu issue. – hrhnick Nov 21 '10 at 16:17
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nm-applet problem solved, Paul Crowley came up with this solution:

sudo stop gdm
sudo stop network-manager
sudo ifdown eth0
sudoedit /etc/network/interfaces # comment out eth0 entry
sudo start network-manager
sudo start gdm

Regarding the Gwibber issue, Paqman on Ubuntu Forums clarified that the indicator-me package for Me Menu in Maverick is responsible for a recommended package dependency on Gwibber.

As hrhnick suggested in the comments, executing the command gconftool-2 -s --type bool /apps/gksu/sudo-mode true solves the gksu issue.

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