Loss of menus after using Preferences

Running version 2.0.3 on Linux Xubuntu-raring
When I adjust a hardware setting this happens:

Please read the Audacity 2.0.3 Release Notes Missing features - Audacity Support

(Linux) Complete or partial loss of Audacity menu bar

  • 32-bit systems using wxGTK 2.8.12: If not using the Unity shell, closing Preferences may lead to loss of the Audacity Menu Bar (only “Fi” from “Files” will be visible). If using Unity, a small black square will appear, but the Audacity menu in the Global Menu is unaffected. Workaround for one session: Resize (or maximize/unmaximize) the Audacity window after closing Preferences.
  • 64-bit systems using wx GTK 2.8.12 without Unity: Audacity may launch with no menu bar. Workaround for one session: Open and OK Preferences or open a new Audacity window.

As an alternative to building Audacity 2.0.3 with wxGTK 2.8.13, you can update from your old version of Xubuntu to the current 14.04. Xubuntu 14.04 should include Audacity 2.0.5 which includes a fix for this GTK bug.


Gotcha Gotcha.

Yeah, Need to back everything up first.
Don’t think I will go with Xubuntu again though.
Will be latest version of MINT x64.

If practical to do so, I’d recommend testing different versions of MINT before you commit to one.

On 64 bit hardware you can use either the 32 bit or the 64 bit version of MINT. Performance wise there will probably be little (if any) noticeable difference between the two, but for some hardware the (usually more “mature”) 32 bit drivers can be more stable than their 64 bit counterparts.

Also, the Cinnamon and MATE desktops are very similar from a user perspective. The Cinnamon desktop has a few extra bells and whistles, but seems to be more demanding on graphics acceleration, so, again depending on your hardware, you may find that one works better than the other.

For a more lightweight desktop I very much like Xfce on MINT, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea / coffee.