[SOLVED] Touchpad problems after reverting from GNOME to Unity; Ubuntu 16.10

After installing ubuntu-gnome-desktop, it seems to replace the touchpad synaptics drivers. Weird…

The touchpad works fine on gnome afterwards but on Unity, it acts as if the drivers aren’t installed.

I found this quick fix (took me an hour) on an Arch Linux forum post (I think).

Become root:

sudo -s

Copy this file:

cp /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

If the directory doesn’t exist:

mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

Reboot. Hope this saves you some time.

Transitioning from Unity to GNOME; Tips & Tricks to get you started

Mark Shuttleworth has announced in his blog post that Ubuntu’s next LTS release 18.04 will ship with the GNOME desktop environment.

Canonical will no longer be focusing their efforts on “convergence”, the Mir display manager or Unity. Instead they will focus more on IoT and the cloud where Ubuntu is already doing a great job.

This post includes tips and tricks to get you started with GNOME on a normal Ubuntu install. Continue reading

libreadline: cannot open shared object file

Installed PHP-FPM long after installing PHP itself.

When executed, both of them said this:

php: error while loading shared libraries: libreadline.so.7: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Solved this by updating libreadline (in my case from v6.3 to v7.0)

sudo pacman -S readline

And tada! Problem solved. No more errors.

CAUTION: This might break dependencies for bash, you might wanna make some symlinks named as older (.6.3, .6) versions for libreadline in /lib and similar links might be needed for libtinfo.

Failed to execute default Terminal Emulator (Hint vte3-ng)

“Failed to execute default Terminal Emulator: Input/output error”

I recently ran into this problem with xfce4-terminal, I have around 7 or 8 desktop environments installed and selectively upgraded xfce4.

After spending an hour trying to fix the problem here’s what worked (total accident).

I was installing termite (another terminal emulator), and it installed vte3-ng and removed vte3.

I tried reopening xfce4-terminal and it worked like a charm.

Hope it saves you some time!

LGBT & climate change mentions disappear from White House website

There used to exist a page at the address whitehouse.gov/lgbt that showed a page about Obama administration’s work on Civil Rights and Marriage Equality. It kept track of victories in courts that were considered historic and had featured campaigns like the It Gets Better Project that helps kids struggling with thoughts of suicide.

However, right after Donald J. Trump became President, that page disappeared. This was just hours after Trump took oath


The White House website shows a 404 Page Not Found message on the address whitehouse.gov/lgbt

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