Ok I was running a setup of Ubuntu 8.10 with my home folder on a separate partition, the problem is that I installed Linux Mint over Ubuntu and kept my home partition unformatted so I could keep the data which I assumed would be fine although now after the desktop appeared there are some unexpected things which I didn't expect...
but basically it looks like a Ubuntu installation but with mint
there's no mint menu or anything it basically looks like my ubuntu install lol I assume this is because my gnome settings were kept? what do I need to delete on my home partition to get the default linux mint desktop?
Thanks in advance!
First of all kamitsukai, let me thank you for this post. Purely because I like gloating (that is, being proved right, in case English is not your first language). For years I have argued (and I am pleased to say that the Mint Wiki now agrees with me) that a separate /home partition is not a benefit, it is a curse. As their wiki now says a separate /data partition is a benefit. This is the problem you have fallen foul of. Not really your fault because the former argument is such a widely held belief. A separate /home partition is only of any use if you are installing exactly the same OS over again. Even an upgrade of the same OS is likely to be a problem and the installation of a different OS is likely to be a disaster as you have found out. It is like installing Windows XP with a registry from Windows 98 - it is not going to work.
Anyway, I wouldn't respond unless I thought I had a solution, and I think I do.
All of the configuration files that are causing you problems are hidden files within your /home directory, so I believe that all you need to do is delete those before repeating the install and then you should have a proper Mint installation.
So open your /home directory, find a way in your file manager to "Show hidden Files" and delete all of them, then try Mint installation again. I am pretty sure this will work, and as long as you don't format your /home partition all you data should be safe.
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