I've customized my install by stripping out all the unity packages that make the system unusable for me and replaced panels with AWN.

sudo apt-get remove unity unity-asset-pool unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files unity-lens-music unity-lens-video unity-scope-musicstores unity-scope-video-remote

Then removed all the programs i didnt want

sudo apt-get auto-remove libreoffice* gwibber empathy shotwell firefox thunderbird brasero

It has worked for months. now suddenly it cant load session Ubuntu.

So i switched ttys and installed ubuntu-desktop again and it reinstalled all of unity libreoffice brasero firefox shotwell thunderbird gwibber empathy and a handful of other stuff i cannot stand and didn't want.

And removing any of the offending packages now breaks Ubuntu again and needs to be reinstalled. So now I'm stuck with unity AND my awn panels and window decorations that are more useless than anything I've ever seen (cant move windows around menus are stuck to the top and uclickable). how do i fix this?

  • You have removed unity, but did you replace it with other desktop environment?
    – P.-H. Lin
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 3:44
  • Yes Awn As Mentioned. Unity hasnt been fully removed. only the unity panel packages and nautilus add ins. here is how it looked and ran for the last 8 months i.imgur.com/EQoC4BF.jpg
    – JL Griffin
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 3:59
  • worth noting this is the guide used it replacing unity with AWN lunaticdroid.blogspot.com/2012/06/…
    – JL Griffin
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 4:05

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Looks as if the problem magically fixed itself, after using this for the last few days the errors went away with no changes made and my desktop is back to normal. i have no idea why.

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