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So, I installed 12.04 64-bit. I immediately had issues getting Picasa 3 sync with web albums to work due to issues with WINE IE6 and 64-bit. I decided it wasn't worth it and decided to try out several DE's to determine what was best.

I finally decided nothing worked better than Unity for me and started attempting to uninstall KDE and Gnome Shell. I used a prepared terminal command with a list of KDE applications to uninstall KDE. It didn't uninstall everything, such as KDE Settings. I then tried to uninstall Gnome Shell. It's not only still in the list of log in options, but it's still there. But when I try the command to remove it, it says it's not there.

Not only that, but now Unity 3D is borked. I get the desktop, but the top panel is missing and the panel on the left is missing. I've tried re-installing Unity, but it says it's already there.

I may end up installing 12.04 32-bit. I currently have only 3 GB of RAM and since I'm considering a new laptop before the end of the year, I may only upgrade to 4 GB. I do still have XFCE and Cinnamon installed if I need to uninstall/reinstall Unity.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Is unity available as Login option as Ubuntu. –  tijybba Aug 16 '12 at 7:01
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These are massive projects that ubuntu allows you to install through a package manager. Some times errors happen, but one thing that can be solved is not using Windows applications for one which will always be a source of annoyance and extra work in my opinion. I would go with something like shotwell which is the default for Ubuntu.

If you installed a bunch of desktop environments you will never have a clean system again. You will need to reinstall. I am sure you could eventually get everything cleaned up, but it would be a waste of your time.

I'm not going to tell you which DE to use because that is asking for a flame war, but Ubuntu works well with what ever DE you use, but usually switching back and forth breaks keyrings and other application settings.

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Ah, well, I had a feeling I would have to do that. The reason I wanted to install Picasa was to get access to the web albums. I had planned to download the photos through the Picasa then manage them with Shotwell. Thanks for the help! –  SThom Aug 17 '12 at 19:25
    
If that is the case then you can use ubuntu-install.blogspot.com/2011/05/… this tutorial which basically recommends you to download a extension for firefox that will allow you to download all the pictures the extension is called "Download Them All" –  Goddard Aug 18 '12 at 3:00
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