Posted Jan 16, 2013 22:01 UTC (Wed) by proski
In reply to: Other desktop support?
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Fedora 18 experience
I can say that LXDE is not treated very well. Fedora 17 shipped with broken alacarte, which is the menu editor for GNOME and LXDE. It has not been fixed in Fedora 17, even though the fix is known. Thankfully, Fedora 18 comes with working alacarte, but the maintainers refused to backport the fix.
Also, switching keyboard layouts (like English to Russian) broke in Fedora 18. For whatever reason, it still works on a system that was installed as Fedora 17, but not on systems that were upgraded from Fedora 16 to Fedora 17 and then to Fedora 18.
There is a way to configure keyboard layout switching in GNOME, but it has no effect in LXDE. What's worse, the is no way to use Alt-Shift, the GNOME configuration requires a non-modifier key (like Space) with modifiers. ibus works in LXDE but has the same limitation. That's a very annoying regression for me. I still need to figure out why one of my systems keeps working properly.
Finally, the systems that used lxdm started using gdm after the upgrade. It turns out the configuration files don't work anymore. systemd is now responsible for the display manager. To enable lxdm, I had to run
systemctl enable --force lxdm.service
That wasn't easy to figure out. Unfortunately, systemd makes a lot of knowledge obsolete.
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