Hi. I recently updated from Squeeze to Wheezy, and now my desktop manager appears to be crippled.
All of the desktop applets (trash can, browser launcher, home folder shortcut, everything else that was on the desktop) disappeared. And I can't seem to put any icons on the desktop to replace them.
There used to be a menu that came up when you right-moused on the desktop that would allow you to configure things like your screensaver or background image. That's gone too.
The bar at the top, which used to show a bunch of menu items, now just has "applications" and "places". By dragging from "applications" and its submenus, I was able to put some launchers up there (for Terminal, Icedove, Iceweasel, Rhythmbox), and they work. So, I was encouraged and I tried to make launchers for the trash applet and the character picker by dragging from /usr/lib/gnome-applets. These don't work. So I right-moused on them to delete them (used to be on the right-mouse menu for those things) and there's no option to delete. Also, no response to the delete key when they are selected. There's just "Launch" (which works on the items I created by dragging menu items and probably doesn't work here because I made the shortcut to the wrong thing) and "properties" which brings up a dialog that does not have "delete" as an option.
The bar at the bottom, which shows running programs, used to be dockable, so that I could, eg, move it to the side of the screen if I wanted more vertical space. It isn't dockable anymore. Also, it's no longer responsive to left-mouse or right-mouse buttons, unless you click it in one of the areas it uses to show a particular application.
I figured that Wheezy might be using some not-ready-for-primetime desktop manager, so I went and installed xdm, fwvm, and a couple others and tried those. These change the look of running apps slightly but don't fix my desktop woes.
So.... I am frustrated. Something is wrong with my desktop configuration and I can't figure out what. And I'm not going to be able to put a bookmark to this forum on my desktop, so I'm going to have to put it in the browser's "Bookmarks" menu instead.
Has anybody seen these symptoms before? More importantly, does anybody know how to fix them?