Posted this issue as part of the “Testers wanted for PPC Ubuntu MATE” thread in the “Apple Hardware Users” Ubuntu sub-forum, where another poster Luigi reported this problem two weeks ago there, so there are at least two of us that were having some busted system problems after doing an update/upgrade . . . and that is what might also happened to my iBook MATE 14 PPC edition.
I did a kernel upgrade and a bunch of other stuff last weekend, using aptitude through the terminal, and saw a bunch of stuff to be removed, “marco” “mate-screensaver” . . . and a kernel upgrade, and I clicked “yes” . . . ran thru that, and then can’t remember if I rebooted to check the system or just went to OSX (for the “suspend” that 14.04 PPC doesn’t have).
Today/yesterday now, restarted, got to the MATE log in window, logged in . . . and only the MATE desktop image is working, no toolbars, nothing else, nada . . . . Jumped to a TTY and ran the update/upgrade and again 80MB worth of stuff, FF, TBird . . . few other things . . . screen went black . . . waited until the machine stopped making noise, rebooted . . . this time hit the “tab” key and booted “Linux old” . . . same thing, logged into the desktop image . . . only . . . no icons, no panels . . . just the MATE theme desktop image and mouse pointer moves around.
This is first time in recent or distant memory that an ubuntu upgrade has busted the system in a fairly substantial way . . . . Obviously I can access the CLI, but, no GUI . . . . Haven’t had time to try to install another DE and see if that runs or not, but might get there in a couple days . . . . I’ve filed a bug report 1440266
I’m wondering if I can get some feedback on possible causes of this breakdown before I proceed to spend time trying to fix something that perhaps is not broken . . . . Also can’t tell if link to LP bug report “worked” but, it’s bug # 1440266 That was filed a day ago . . . .