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In the process of upgrading in Linux Mint, I've gotten a strange star-studded window with a spiraling spaceship but NO workspace options.

$ uname -a
3.1.0-1-686-pae #1 SMP Sun Dec 11 20:40:16 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux

and /etc/lsb-base yields the distribution as: debian "Linux Mint Xfce Edition". In Linux desktops, I have formerly been able to request a workspace manager via a right click in the lower or upper border. Now I get no response to a right click in any location!

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I don't know the default key bindings of the window manager you use, but you can try <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Left> and <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Right> to switch betweek workspaces. – Marco Mar 10 '12 at 14:26
@Marco XFCE/GNOME use the same key bindings for to change between workspaces :) – Rufo El Magufo Jun 9 '12 at 21:42

that desktop wallpaper is the default debian 6.0 ("squeeze") wallpaper, the spiral is the debian logo a and the spaceship is possibly a reference to squeeze(tm pixar)

this works in debian: right-click the panel (menu bar) left click "add to panel" from the list select "workplace switcher"

as far as i can tell the switcher is built into xfce-panel.

If you're missing the panel itself, you may want to rename or delete any .xsession or .xinitrc files you have in your home directory.

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many thanks, Jasen. Actually, I had to right click on the firefox logo in the lower right of the desktop. That gave me an option: preferences. Then I had the option to put in place as many workspaces as possible. – pianonut Mar 11 '12 at 15:45
The spaceship is not only a reference to Squeeze, but a part of the "Debian - Universal OS" campaign :) – SkyDan Jul 10 '12 at 7:46

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