Recovering my Eee PC from a post-update problem
I recently applied a bunch of pending Eee updates from Asus, and suddenly the full desktop mode that I prefer stopped working. The Eee always booted into the basic interface, and when I switched back to advanced mode everything in my Desktop directory had disappeared (which is bad, because I have some customized launchers there)
(Fortunately I had an off-machine backup of my Desktop directory so I could restore my customizations.)
I enabled advanced desktop mode the easy way, namely by installing the
advanced-desktop-eeepc package. After poking around and trying several
things, what fixed the problem problem was to
apt-get remove and then
apt-get install the package again.
(I assume that something in one of the Asus updates overwrote a customization that the advanced desktop stuff required, although I couldn't spot anything obvious. It is a little disturbing to me that something was apparently deleting all additions to my Desktop folder, although I don't know whether this is something in the basic desktop or in the advanced desktop setup stuff.)
Sidebar: the launchers I've found useful
By 'launchers' I mean icons on the desktop that start various
programs when clicked, which are created by
.desktop files in your
$HOME/Desktop directory. The ones I use are: blank the screen, start
xterm, and start
xterm (instead of the default white on black colour scheme).