Window Manager missing after Upgrading Ubuntu

When I upgraded Ubuntu from 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) to 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), the computer booted up fine after the restart. But after logging in, the Window Manager didn’t start up!

TL;DR … To fix this, delete the ~/.config/dconf/user file (or rename it), and then restart the computer.

When I logged in, the desktop was there with all the icons on it, but the top menu bar, and the side-bar were missing. When I opened up a window by clicking on a folder icon in the desktop, it would open, but it would be missing the title bar. So, basically seemed like the Window Manager was missing. After deleting the above mentioned file and restarting, it was all good again!

Require all granted

Just upgraded my web server to the current version of ubuntu and got caught out by a change in apache httpd. (Note to self: RTF-release-notes next time.)

It resulted with a 403 / Forbidden error, with the browser showing You don’t have permission to access / on this server, and a client denied by server configuration entry in the log.

The issue was the addition of mod_authz. It needs a new entry in the Directory section of your web site config:

Require all granted

It is equivalent to the old allow from all. Check the Apache mod_authz_core page for more details.

Luckyily this time it was a fairly easy fix, and mod_authz seems to have some fairly interesting features to explore. In any case, if your web sites stop working after an upgrade in your ubuntu server, this is probably the issue.

Oh Noes!!!! Thwarted by @font-face support in Google Chrome on Windows

Gotta love web development! It’s 2014, and yet @font-face/webfont support still sucks. The woff fonts look fantastic in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on a retina macbook. Pretty OK in Firefox in Windows 7 on a 1080p monitor. But in Chrome on the same system, the thin fonts (i.e. fonts with weight 100) seem to have bits missing. Even on Google’s own roboto font! Ah well!

Oh yeah, I am also aware of a web browsing application called Internet Explorer. :)