After upgrading my Ubuntu (default) installation yesterday, I got some interesting happenings. It was all right, that is gnome shell and all, up to the upgrade. Gnome Shell version is 3.33.91 now.
Now, there’s only the top panel, and of course the dash, and it is stuck. But, everything works… from the desktop. Every single app works, except the gnome shell. That is, the Activities, the App grid, the dash and so on. They can be seen, but they don’t work. If I click on any icon, it gets stuck. But, all the apps work, even the clock in the middle of the panel.
For the moment, Plank is holding the apps, link to /usr/share/applications finds and runs the apps. Bit of a trouble, but can get the distro running. The apps are running in the Desktop. It is quite interesting. Let’s see, if the gnome shell would come back to work, or have to find another menu. Another link to /usr/share/applications. In the link on the desktop, I can keep only those I need, not everything in /usr/share/applications.
(Not asking for help, by the way, just testing.)