All My Problems in One Little Place
Well, within the first few days of installing Ubuntu, I ran into a numerous amount of problems, most of them caused because I had no clue what I was doing.
Problem #1: When I copied some data from a CD, it came in as read-only, so I did "sudo chmod -R 777 ~/". I thought I knew what I was doinog, but as it turns out, my .dmrc file needs to have 644 permissions. So I did "sudo chmod 644 ~/". But that gave me even more errors. So I have no clue what to do about this. fixed
Problem #2: (This probably has nothing to do with Linux, but it's a problem). I installed Thunderbird, which went pretty smoothly, although I don't know what directory it's in. So I set my Gmail account up with Thunderbird, and I got 1328 or so messages, which I spent half an hour sorting out and deleting, etc. Then I tried to send a message, and it gave me a "5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first 64sm610030wra." I don't know what that means. fixed
Problem #3: I was customizing the top panel and the GAIM tray icon disappeared, along with the little separator between the clock and the rest of the panel. How do I get it back? Is there any way I can reset the panel to sometime yesterday.
Problem #4: There are these weird minimizing and maximizing animations when I do those actions with any window I do that with. What's wrong? fixed
Thanks in advance.
Gaim would not use notification area
I had a problem where gaim would not put its icon in the notification area. This happened after I installed a complete Debian system and loaded a backup of my home directory.
When I installed gaim and selected the system tray icon, a small window would open on the screen with only the little icon in it. I tried restarting gaim, X, completely logging out, even restarting, nothing worked.
Finally I removed all panel notification areas from my screens (I have two monitors), re-added the notification areas, and voilà, it worked.