Has this been sorted yet?
The impending death of Win XP, meant that I took the plunge and installed Linux Mint 13 (Maya) 64-bit Mate on my desktop to see if I liked it enough to not bother upgrading to a newer Windows. My system is fairly old - socket AM3 motherboard (Biostar A770E3), AMD Athlon II X2 240 Processor (2.8 GHz), 4GB RAM (DIMM DDR3), Seagate 500 GB hardrive (ST3500320AS), ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card (1GB).
But, so far, LInux is working very well and seems much quicker than Win XP.
I found I had to install numlockx to get the numlock enabled on login/boot and fiddled with Storage Device Manager to get access to data partitions...and now trying to sort this problem. Not sure yet if i'll stick with this Linux version or Linux at all. So far, I seem to be constantly fiddling to get it working.
Turning back to this issue - if Firefox is already active, then when the Welcome screen is activated, the Welcom screen can be closed. But if Firefox is not already active and you press a button on the Welcome screen that activates Firefox, then I can only get rid of the Welcome screen by closing the Firefox window which defeats the purpose!
I've eventually killed the Welcome screen from the System Monitor (which I now have on the Panel so I can activate it quickly). But this is still a bit of a chore as the window is not easily visible behind the unresponsive Welcome screen. Same would apply to opening a Termninal and typing a Kill command (also I'd be worried that I'd kill something else accidentally).
Thanks for any help. I see the last post on this was Jan 2013. It's now Feb 2014 so hopefully there is a solution?