Following earlier suggestions of a change of GUI, I have indeed .
been trying MATE and do prefer it. I do still have some interface
problems such as how to consistently use a large enough typeface
(I think EL 7 thinks my high res screen is physically larger than it
really is), how to right click in the touchscreen, and how to get
wider scrollbars in the terminal emulator etc. But I am up and running
so this thread could be closed.

Thanks for all the feedback

<> on behalf of Yasha Karant 
Sent: 13 October 2016 23:57
Subject: Re: problem (with Gnome,on non-root logins)

Assuming that you found Gnome 2 more acceptable than MS Win 8 or 10,
etc., may I strongly recommend MATE?  I have this GUI/manager installed
on all my SL 7 boxes, as well as on a Mint box for a colleague (the
laptop in that case came pre-installed with Mint -- leaving it was much
less work than starting from scratch with the current EL 7 installation
DVD). Note that for full functionality, one must install essentially all
of the MATE RPMs otherwise small but convenience-necessa bits are missing.

Yasha Karant

On 10/13/2016 08:41 AM, James M. Pulver wrote:
> FWIW whenever I boot Kali and get stuck with Gnome 3 (at least that's
> what I think that abomination is), I can't do much of anything. It's
> actively worse than Win 10 / Mac OSX, though part of it might be the
> live CD part of it. In day to day I have converted many people to
> XFCE4 which seems far more sane, in _my_ experience.
> James Pulver
> CLASSE Computer Group
> Cornell University
> On 10/13/2016 04:51 AM, David Sommerseth wrote:
>> On 13/10/16 03:21, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
>>> On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 1:08 PM, MAH Maccallum
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> Thanks, Andrew. I will check those possibilities. A problem
>>>> with the graphics drivers seems likely in that I get the same
>>>> result with my default (test) user as with my own personal login.
>>>> However, logging in as root gives a perfectly normal Gnome
>>>> screen.So it may be that somehow a permission got changed.
>>>> What's odd is that this all happened in the course of moving
>>>> the cursor around and the abrt error message suggests it was
>>>> moving the cursor across the clock that caused the problem.
>>> Gnome is *not the friend of getting work done*. Seriously. It's become
>>> so driven that it interferes with actual work.
>> That's your experience.
>> My experience with GNOME 3 on SL7.2 is that is vastly have improved
>> workflow.  A lot of it comes through very handy keyboard shortcuts and a
>> handful of GNOME Shell extensions.  In fact I can't imagine any sane
>> reason to move back to GNOME 2 or anything else - it just feels so
>> clumsy and horrid to work with for me.  Everything just runs very
>> smoothly and fine on my ThinkPad T450s.
>> But this is /my/ experience.
>> --
>> kind regards,
>> David Sommerseth
>>   - If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have
>>     said "faster horses." -Henry Ford

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