ok so i installed hardy and lo and behold everything worked perfectly. i was able to follow the directions and it all just fell into place. so thank you for all your help. so now i just have one final question. i installed the moblin-clutter-home package but i don't know how to get it to switch over to it. any suggestions?
EDIT: so i ran desktop-launcher from the command line and that successfully launched the clutter desktop, however is there a way to have that be the default? currently if i close the terminal it will kill the clutter desktop. Also is there a way to customize the position of the icons in the clutter desktop? i.e which icons show up in the bottom row of icons
once again sorry for being so needy here, but if you can help i would greatly appreciate it.