long writeup with lots of suggestions

TODO: try this

TODO: or this?

one-off

If nothing else works, this does (though the setting is only temporary):

initial setup

This works for me in Ubuntu 10.10 / Gnome 2.32:
  1. create a ~/.xinitrc, and paste this in:
  2. chmod +x ~/.xinitrc
  3. symlink ~/.xinitrc to ~/.xsession
  4. log out
  5. whenever you log in, choose "User Defined Session" ("Custom ~/.xsession script") as your window manager.

problems