It is more likely something now wrong with the config of my netbook. I have installed and uninstalled a variety of versions of Oolite by a variety of different means and something in that process has broken or left something.Micha wrote:Aha!SandJ wrote:It is the Ubuntu Netbook Edition which does have a different appearance to the normal desktop.
Presumably the Ubuntu Netbook Edition (which, iirc, uses a precursor of Unity) does not entirely adhere to the Linux Desktop Standard. I shall investigate.
In the couple of years I have had it I have successfully installed IDLE 2.6, Arora, BOINC, WINE, DigiGuide via WINE, VirtualBox, Celestia, KTouch, Marble, God-only-knows-how-many-games, OpenOffice,Empathy, Firefox, Chrome, KMail, Evolution, ThunderBird, KompoZer, DropBox, TeamViewer, FreePlane, xCHM, Beyond Compare, Gambas2, Pythons 2.6 and 3.1, Umbrello, KStars, Stellarium, and wodges of standard Canonical and Ubuntu apps, all gaining an icon in the menu.
The only thing giving me trouble is Oolite, which used to work, because the icon was there.
Incidentally, installing Oolite version 1.65 via the Ubuntu Software Centre using the standard software sources now no longer creates an icon for me.
Hence I don't think the fault is with the Netbook Edition of Ubuntu per se.
... much Googling and reading later ...
When you delete a menu option, the relevant
[size=120]~/.local/share/applications/oolite.desktop[/size]file has an entry "
[size=120]Hidden=true[/size]" added. It seems that having done so, then subsequent uninstall / reinstall of the application does not make the icon re-appear. But nor will the opion appear in the menu maintenance program to un-hide the icon.
[size=120]oolite.org.desktop[/size](I wonder what that was) and re-installed Oolite from the standard sources and got version 1.65 with an icon. I uninstalled it, the icon disappeared.
I added debs.oolite.org and installed Oolite again. I got version 1.76, with an icon.
Lesson learned: don't delete menu items in Ubuntu when the application is installed - the icon will not re-appear when the application is re-installed.
I'm sorry, Micha, for the time you spent up this garden path with me, chasing a wild goose.