I tried installing Golly from the package manager. Everything seems to work fine, except that almost all the menu options are greyed out, disabled and unclickable. I tried with the latest version from Sourceforge and have the same issue.
Only the "Preferences", "Quit" and all the "Help" menu options are not greyed out. This problem only seems to affect Golly. I found an old bug report, which seemed to be a more specific version of this problem, but that is closed and two years old...
My question is: what can I do to diagnose the problem? No other program seems to have this issue. No one else seems to have noticed this issue. What can I try to work out what has broken?
I am running 12.04. The problem occurs with the version of golly in the repos and with the latest version downloaded from sourceforge.