[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.

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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