It has taken me many hours to get back a semblance of functionality. I have just run it again but, this time replying 'n'. This was the output:
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sudo apt-get autoremove [sudo] password for simon: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages will be REMOVED cheese-common gnome-control-center-data gnome-settings-daemon gtk2-engines-xfce libcheese-gtk23 libcheese7 libgnome-control-center1 libgoa-backend-1.0-1 libkeybinder0 librest-0.7-0 libxfce4ui-utils mousepad orage ristretto xfburn xfce4-appfinder xfce4-artwork xfce4-battery-plugin xfce4-cpufreq-plugin xfce4-cpugraph-plugin xfce4-datetime-plugin xfce4-dict xfce4-diskperf-plugin xfce4-fsguard-plugin xfce4-genmon-plugin xfce4-mailwatch-plugin xfce4-netload-plugin xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-sensors-plugin xfce4-smartbookmark-plugin xfce4-systemload-plugin xfce4-verve-plugin xfce4-wavelan-plugin xfce4-weather-plugin xfce4-xkb-plugin 0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 35 to remove and 37 not to upgrade. After this operation, 52.4 MB disk space will be freed. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] n Abort.
The first time I ran it, the Orage clock was running on the task bar. Afterwards I realised it that it was no longer there along with the volume control and a few other bits. Is my system broken in some way? It would be nice if I could run it safely as I try stuff and abandon it minutes later in favour of something else.
I have a cobbled together desktop system with a three year old motherboard. I started with Linux Mint 17 and Cinnamon. After encountering the freezing problem I went to xfce4. I still have the Cinnamon installed, although, I suspect some essential bits may have been gobbled up as I haven't used it since the disaster. All is kept up to date, although I have removed the Cinnamon "nightly build" repository. I really like xfce and don't expect
I also did some very successfull work curing the PulseAudio allergy provoked by the xfce mixer. The most difficult part was recovering the volume control in the notification area. There wasn't a lot to help in the posts so I feel I ought to record what I did somewhere but I don't know where best to put it. I don't think I have the authority for doing tutorials yet.