I am experiencing the freeze when trying to remove desktop gadgets as well. I was wondering how do I remove them manually? I can not seem to find a way to do it. Is there a terminal command like killall that will do it? Any help is appreciated.
What helps here is unloading/reloading the gadget's module.
Same problem here - and the same solution.
If I move a gadget to the desktop from a shelf - that's OK.
But if I want to move it back to the shelf or any other shelf,
or to remove it from the desktop - the later freezes completely
and I have to ctrl+alt+backspace it.
So I go to settings - modules - (the module in question) and unload it.
After that I load it again, and can put it in a shelf or anywhere.
Just, a problem is, have to remember that from the desktop you can't
remove any module from the handy module right click menu... But there comes the reminder - sure as death
It's not how it's supposed to work, but.. it works that way
Also, I tried some other distros with e17 (don't know if I can mention which ones,
but the developers of PCLOS E17 are trying those, I think...) - there - all is OK