I recently installed XFCE on my Ubuntu 10.04 and it runs finely but with an issue.

Everytime I login into my XFCE session I see the background image of GNOME session and after few seconds it disappears which gives me the impression that XFCE session is running over an already running GNOME session.

If that is really the case then it might also be eating into my system's RAM which could be a bug.

All helps and suggestions are welcome.


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If I have understood your question, the background image that you think is of the GNOME session is only the background image of the GDM (the graphical login) that will be changed when the desktop envinronment is ready. So if at the GDM login you choose the XFCE session don't worry : GNOME hasn't started.

  • @Stefano it seems you are correct so I'll notice this on next reboot & will let you know.
    – 100rabh
    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:20
  • @Stefano you were right about GDM background but today I got my Ubuntu's GNOME Desktop (with the wallpaper I set on GNOME and GNOME iconset on Desktop instead of my XFCE Desktop iconset)
    – 100rabh
    Mar 2, 2011 at 6:06
  • the behavior I have commented above tells that GNOME is running in my XFCE session
    – 100rabh
    Mar 2, 2011 at 7:17
  • Mmm weird...by the way if GNOME is really running in your XFCE session you should be able to see the two gnome-panels (maybe behind the XFCE's ones). Mar 2, 2011 at 9:06
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    Mmm ok... sincerely i don't know what's happening there, maybe only a bit confusion with the theme. The important is that the gnome-panels don't start. Mar 10, 2011 at 10:10

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