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How can I configure Unity?

Are there any configuration options for the Unity desktop? There are multiple valid answers for this question spanning over several versions of Ubuntu. For your convenience an index of each below ...
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What should I do when Ubuntu freezes?

All operating systems freeze sometimes, and Ubuntu is no exception. What should I do to regain control when... just one program stops responding? nothing at all responds to mouse clicks or key ...
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Higher screen resolution for VirtualBox?

I have been trying this for a while but no luck. I installed ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386 twice. Also installed guest additions. However I always get maximum screen resolution as, 1024 x 768. Do I need ...
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How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand?

Will Unity allow making custom launcher icons from .desktop files or via menu editing system? (Right now the launcher doesn't give the option to "keep in launcher" on all programs. For some programs ...
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How can I move all the window controls to the right (or left)?

Downloaded Ubuntu tweak and set window controls to the right side. Only some programs follow the rule. Pidgin as an example has window controls on the right. But Chrome, Thunderbird, Geany, still have ...
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How to use manual partitioning during installation?

I'd like to see the full How-To on how to use manual partitioning during Ubuntu installation. The existing guides (at least those I found here) cover only automatic part and leave untouched the manual ...
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How to successfully restart a network without reboot over SSH?

In Ubuntu 14.04 neither sudo service networking restart nor sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart do anything any more. They also both exit with code 1. Something has obviously changed (or half changed) ...
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How to check Internet Speed via Terminal?

Instead of going to sites like speedtest.net, or others, I want to check my current Internet speed from the terminal on Ubuntu. How can I do it?
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How to change root password for mysql and phpmyadmin

I've set up mysql and phpmyadmin and chose not to set a password when installing hoping that once set up i could login with root and no password but i get the following error from phpmyadmin: Login ...
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An easy way to create a desktop shortcut?

I wonder, isn't there still an easy way to create a desktop shortcut in Ubuntu 14.04 (or Unity)? There is no context menu on desktop doing this. So I tried the following: I looked for an app I want ...
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Skype can't connect

After I restarted my computer to finish a upgrade, I could not log in at Skype anymore. It only shows the message: Skype can't connect. If I try web version it works. I'm using Skype 4.2.
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“The following packages have been kept back:” Why and how do I solve it?

I just added a PPA repository for the development version of the GIMP, but I get this error The following packages have been kept back: gimp gimp-data libgegl-0.0-0 libgimp2.0 Why and how can I ...
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How can I copy the contents of a folder to another folder in a different directory using terminal?

I am trying to copy the contents of a folder to another folder in a different directory using terminal. Would somebody be able to provide me an example of the command line syntax required to achieve ...
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How to uninstall Google Chrome?

I decided to try out Google Chrome and see if it was any different from Chromium, but now I can't figure out how to uninstall it. That's what I have installed. How to get rid of it is the question.
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How can I resize an ext root partition at runtime?

How can I increase the size of the root partition of a system at runtime? I have a partition that is not allocated after the root partition (which is also ext4), how can I add that unallocated space ...
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How to add “Open terminal here” to Nautilus' context menu?

I am working on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I want to add "Open terminal here" to Nautilus context or right-click menu but it tries to download 32bit version from Internet.
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What does “cp: omitting directory” mean?

I've issued the following command: sudo cp ~/Transfers/ZendFramework-1.11.4-minimal/library/Zend/* ~/public_html/cmsk.dev/library/ When I do this, I start getting the following messages: cp: ...
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How to install NVIDIA.run?

I have a Nvidia Ge force Ge6150 SE graphics card. I am running ubuntu 12.04. When I try to install the .run file it fails. It shows the message like this: I Itried to install it after ...
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How do I do a complete BIND9 DNS Server Configuration with a hostname?

I need a complete step-by-step guide on how to produce such a server configuration. Can anyone help-me?
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How to start GUI from command line?

I've installed the following version of ubuntu om my machine. ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso But when I switch on the computer, I get command line. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS COMP-1245 tty1 Once I ...
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How to solve 'Connection refused' errors in SSH connection?

I have an Ubuntu Server 10.10 32-bit in my home. I'm making SSH connections to it from my PC via Putty. The problem is, sometimes I'm able to login seamlessly. However, sometimes it gives me an error ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 does not install in virtualbox

I'm currently running Windows 8.1 x64 (a problem in itself that I can't change sadly ;-P) with the latest version of VirtualBox (4.3.18 r96516). I managed to get the server version up and running with ...
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How do I turn off the firewall in Ubuntu 12.04?

How do I turn off the firewall in Ubuntu 12.04? Thanks for the answers. The reason for turning it off was twofold: I often cannot make a wireless connectin to internet and get the server is unable to ...
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How to mount an ISO file?

I'm running into trouble trying to mount a large iso: dev@dev-OptiPlex-745:~$ sudo mount -o loop /home/dev/Hämtningar/matlab2011a_64.iso /cdrom mount: warning: /cdrom seems to be mounted read-only. ...
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How do I increase the hard disk size of the virtual machine?

I have run out of space on my WinXP virtual machine, which I only gave 10 GB space for when I created it. Is there an easy way to increase it to, say, 20 GB? I can't see any obvious option in ...
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How to fix Duplicate sources.list entry?

I keep getting this warning whenever I try to run sudo apt-get update. W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main i386 Packages ...
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Problems with Eclipse and Android SDK

I installed Eclipse, openjdk6 and downloaded and extracted the sdk manager file. Now, When I created an Android project I got the following error: 2012-06-06 18:44:40 - contactManager] ...
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Changing TTY keyboard layout on a server?

I use 12.04 Server in command line mode (no X installed), and I would like to change the keyboard layout. How can I do this?
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How do you restart Apache?

I switched from SLES to Ubuntu and now I want to restart my local server. In SLES I used : rcapache2 restart but this somehow seems not to work in Ubuntu. :( How do i restart my Apache?
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How do I login as root?

I want to login as root, but when I enter sudo -s and enter password, this message is shown: "you are not in sudoers file", and when I enter su and enter password, this is shown: ...
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How to extract files to another directory using 'tar' command?

I think tar archive.tar /users/mylocation will work. But it doesn't. How can I do that?
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Higher screen resolution in VirtualBox?

I've just installed Ubuntu 10.04 into VirtualBox on Windows 7. Unfortunately the only options showing for screen resolution are 640x480 and 800x600 and the monitor is showing as 'Unknown'. How ...
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How can I make Firefox open magnet-links in Transmission?

I can't find out how to make Firefox open magnet-links in Transmission. There is no option to make it the standard program for magnet-links in its properties, and as I am not experienced with the ...
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How to disable the touchpad?

I want my touchpad to be disabled when I use my mouse. How can I do that? touchpad-indicator has stopped working on 11.10. It used to work on 11.04. Gnome3 is not a solution as I don't like it and ...
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How do I install .run files?

My PC has both Ubuntu and Windows 7 installed. I have installed all my drivers in Windows like Nvidia graphics, motherboard etc. Shall I install them in Ubuntu too? I looked on the web for my Nvidia ...
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How can I install Adobe AIR?

I am a heavy user of certain applications that are built on AIR. It appears that AIR has discontinued support for Linux. Even the older versions in the Adobe AIR Archives seem to support only 32 bit ...
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How can I install Windows after I've installed Ubuntu?

I have Ubuntu on my laptop. Now I want install Windows 7 in a dual-boot. How can I do this? I can't lose my Ubuntu files, and I'm afraid that I might break GRUB.
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How can I install on a non-PAE CPU? (error “Kernel requires features not present on the CPU: PAE”)

After burning Ubuntu 12.04 to a CD, I tried booting and got the message: This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: pae Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for ...
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How do I remount a filesystem as read/write?

I'm trying to mount an hfsplus filesystem in a Xubuntu 12.04 VM (kernel version 3.2.0-23-generic) but when I type mount -o remount, rw /dev/sdb3 in command line it returns not mounted or bad option. ...
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Can I move the Unity launcher?

I can’t get used to the new Unity system. I’d like to move the left Unity panel to the bottom of screen (like Windows 7 – more similar is better). But I can't find a way. Is it possible?
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How to upgrade a single package using apt-get?

How do I update a single package? As far as man apt-get says apt-get upgrade doesn't take a package/list of packages as parameter: upgrade upgrade is used to install the newest versions of ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu in VirtualBox due to “this kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detects an i686 CPU, unable to boot” error

I was trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 in VirtualBox 4.2.12r84980. I see this kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detects an i686 CPU, unable to boot But I am using a 64 bit Windows 8, and ...
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How to install Python 3.4 on Ubuntu?

If I open Terminal and type in python, I see the version is 2.7.4. How do I get python 3.4? And do I need IDLE if I have sublime text?
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How do I install Adobe Acrobat Reader deb package downloaded from Adobe website?

I am new to Ubuntu, but I believe I have Ubuntu 11.10 installed correctly. I am trying to install Acroread using AdbeRdr9.4.6-1_i386linux_enu.deb that I downloaded from the Adobe web site. How do I ...
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ERROR 1045(28000) : Access denied for user 'root@localhost' (using password: no )

I got a problem with mysql server Actually i am not sure im tring to install queXS cati app on my ubuntu desktop i installed mysql server and php5 and when im trying mysql -u root it says ...
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Error message when I run sudo: unable to resolve host (none)

I have this issue on AWS on some servers. Whenever I run sudo the terminal is stuck doing seemingly nothing, until it finally spits out this error message. My terminal looks like this: ...
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How to format a USB flash drive?

In Windows there is a straightforward "Format" option in a flash drive's right-click pop-up menu. Where's that in Ubuntu? I understand there's always standard partition management command line stuff ...
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What is the default root password?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), 64 bit. Nowhere was I asked to set password for root. I just installed AccuRev SCM software. It was installed under the /root folder by default. Now I ...
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How do I install Adobe Acrobat Reader from the repository?

How do I install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Ubuntu 14.04 using a Trusty apt repository? This is NOT a duplicate of How do I install Adobe Acrobat Reader?. In Synaptic > Repositories > Other ...
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How can I use Chromecast

I just saw the video about Chromecast and I am interested in knowing how can I enable this on my Ubuntu PC. My TV has an HDMI port.