This version of Ubuntu, code-named "Natty Narwhal", was released on Apr 28, 2011 and reached End-of-Life Oct 28, 2012. Questions about unsupported versions are likely to be closed as off-topic.

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What's the difference between GDM and LightDM?

What is the difference between GDM and LightDM? How can one switch between them. I mean if I have selected LightDM during installation process, will I be able switch to GDM?
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Where is /var/log/messages?

Just installed natty, and cannot find /var/log/messages. Also, /var/log/daemon.log is missing. What happened? Why are they no longer present? And where I can find the same log information?
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How can I restart compiz from tty? (& Related, how can I set up a fallback WM?)

So I'm testing Natty, and Compiz keeps crashing on me. I expect this sort of thing from alpha software, of course, but it doesn't always give me the option to restart compiz, and for some reason doesn'...
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after upgrade gdb won't attach to process

I just recently upgraded from 10.04 to 11.04 and gdb won't allow me to attach to processes anymore I get the error Attaching to process 10144 Could not attach to process. If your uid matches ...
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how to stop apache2, mysql from starting automatically as computer starts?

My os is 11.04. I have apache2 & mysql installed. How to stop apache2, mysql from starting automatically as computer starts?
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How to fix black tooltips in Eclipse?

I am having a weird problem with Eclipse documentation tooltips. When I startup Eclipse the tooltip works as expected: But after I press the down button the tooltip turns black: and stays like ...
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Why isn't my upstart service starting on system boot?

Following on from this question, I have written a simple upstart service (/etc/init/pms.conf) for my headless Ubuntu Server 11.04 box as follows: start on filesystem and net-device-up IFACE=eth0 stop ...
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Is there a way to blacklist an individual application from using overlay-scrollbars?

I am having problems with some programs when using overlay-scrollbars, mainly Code::Blocks and Eclipse. I've found several ways of disabling the overlay scrollbars completely, for all applications, ...
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NVIDIA drivers not working after upgrade. Why can I only see terminal?

Tonight I upgraded to 11.04. Problems. Once I had finished the upgrade, I restarted my computer as it told me too. When I got past the ubuntu 11.04 (purple background orange dots), it simply went to ...
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How do I switch to the Classic GNOME Desktop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to revert to GNOME Classic? How can I setup the Natty Classic Desktop to be "really" classic? I want to have the menus in the application window and I want to have the ...
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How do I use the GNOME Panel in Unity?

I really need to use the GNOME Applets, is there a way to do it?
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How do I turn off the alt-shift-uparrow keybinding in GNOME?

After upgrading from 10.10 to 11.04, the key sequence ALT-Shift-UpArrow now seems to have a window-manager level definition. It seems that this is a new unity key sequence. However, I'm using "...
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Why was Banshee chosen to be the default for 11.04?

What are the reasons for Banshee replacing Rhythmbox in Ubuntu 11.04? I don't want your opinion on which is best nor why. I want to know what the reasoning was behind the decision.
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How to clear recently used files without using a terminal?

How can I clear the recently used and viewed files in ubuntu 11.04 without using terminal?
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How do I disable the blinking cursor in gnome-terminal?

I could have sworn that there was once a setting for this in the gnome-terminal "Profile". And then in some version of Ubuntu, that setting disappeared, and I had to use System ➜ Preferences ➜ ...
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Why is Xorg taking up so much memory and CPU?

I recently reinstalled Ubuntu 11.04 Natty after a massive hard drive failure. Now, for some reason, compiz and Xorg decide it's a fun idea to start eating up my RAM and CPU - GB by GB. Starts out at ...
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How can I change brightness through terminal

Now I can change it by Fn+ arrow right but now I need to do it via my shell script
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Is there an offline dictionary?

Are there any off-line dictionaries available?
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Will there be a difference between Unity “Desktop” and Unity “Netbook” interface?

What has me slightly confused from all the different reports about Unity becoming the default shell in the 11.04 desktop edition: Some claim and this is how most people seem to see it, that what ...
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How do I install MySQL without a password prompt?

I'm trying to install MySQL on Ubuntu Natty without the password prompt. However, I keep getting prompted for a password at some stage after the main installation. Also, when I do enter what I ...
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What's a simple “colour picker” app for GNOME?

I need a small tool to ‘pick’ a colour anywhere on the screen (so that I basically get the hex code for it). Earlier, I've used KDE's KColorChooser for this. According to this page, "Gpick" sounds ...
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How to change the purple background color in grub?

How to do this manually, not installing any tools?
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Does Unity require proprietary graphics card drivers?

I understood that the Unity desktop in Natty uses Compiz and therefore requires a graphics card driver that support composition effects. Does this mean if I have an ATI or NVIDIA card I'm forced to ...
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Why is natty-proposed suggesting an upgrade to a beta version of Firefox?

Well I loaded up update manager today and it wants to replace Firefox 4.0.1 with 5.0beta5. To double check I fired out apt-cache policy firefox and there it is: 5.0~b5+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.11....
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Is Turbo Boost Working?

I recently purchased a laptop with a sandy bridge CPU that is supposed to have turbo boost. Is turbo boost supported in 11.04? How can I tell if it's working? I tried this but it seems to only detect ...
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When will compiz-based version Unity be available for testing?

I've read in another question that Canonical has already ported Unity to Compiz, and that this new version has much better performance on supported hardware. Since the work is done, is there an ...
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Not enough disk space '/' in AWS instance

i am running Ubuntu 11.04 instance for my Web Server on AWS cloud, now i am getting there is no disk space in / partition of my server. df -ah say this Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 randomly logs out in middle of use [closed]

I can see there is a question already.Since my problem is not quite the same but quite similar as far as I understand, I am asking it too. Basically in the middle of my usage i.e. browsing net or ...
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How can I revert back from an upgrade to the Proposed repository?

I mistakenly enabled the Pre-release updates (natty-proposed) repository and then upgraded all packages. How can I undo this? Here are the test results from @enzotib's instructions and the test ...
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Geforce Go 7300/7400 Blacklisted, Can I Still Run Unity?

Unity won't run on my new Ubuntu 11.04 install (with a Nvidia GeForce GO 7400). Ubuntu classic desktop works though, I tried all different drivers provided in the repositories. Doing System → ...
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Multi screen problems “virtual size does not fit available size”

I recently upgraded to 11.04 beta 2 and everything works just like clockwork, but now I’ve run into multi screen issues :/ at first it worked but then a installed the proprietary drivers (I think this ...
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Bash auto complete for environment variables [closed]

The bash autocomplete feature does not seem to work with environment variables in 11.04. The current behavior is indicated below export SCRIPT=/home/user/script cd $SCRIPT/<tab> results in a ...
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Nvidia driver activated but currently not in use

I have just finished an install of ubuntu 11.04 beta 2. At the end of the installation I got a message informing that I do not have the required hardware for unity, and that I should choose "ubuntu ...
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Mouse wheel scrolling too fast

I have done a clean Natty install having bought a new SSD and find that in applications (ahem) such as Minecraft, and in the default web browser Firefox, the mouse scrolls too far . So for example in ...
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Will Unity be the only option during install?

I'd like to know if Ubuntu will offer other Desktop environments as an option during installation. This is only should we decide that Unity is not for us.
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Why is Unity (Compiz) consuming more and more RAM? [closed]

About 3 to 4 hours after turning on my PC, compiz 'memory usage' rose from 300MB up to 1.5GB! What is happening? What is wrong? Here is the screen-shot from system monitor:
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Stop an insolent narwhal from “correcting” monitor brightness?

I want total absolute control over the brightness of my laptop's screen. I want Natty to fear my wrath should it dare to presume my desire. Natty's light adjusting minions should quake in terror ...
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How do you change brightness, color and sharpness from command line?

I am controlling my PC with SSH and scripting. How can i change the brightness, color and sharpness from command line? Try 1: failed $ sudo redshift -t 5000:5000 -g .5 Cannot list GNOME panel ...
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Will Ubuntu 11.04 use GNOME 3?

Will Ubuntu 11.04 use Gnome 3? If so, what differences for end-user is going to be? I know that there won't be Gnome shell, but what about the login screen? Will Ubuntu continue using that old (GNOME ...
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How to fix PostgreSQL installation

I upgraded from Maverick to Natty recently and everything went fine except during the dist-upgrade something went wrong with PostgreSQL. I've since tried reinstalling, removing, and even purging it ...
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Is there an easy way to view the print queue?

With the (apparent) loss of the print indicator in Natty, I'm having a little trouble keeping track of my print queue easily. At the moment to bring up a print queue, I bring up the "Printing" ...
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Is there a Unity / Compiz shortcut key to move a window to your other monitor (not workspace)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard Sort of like CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+Arrow but only to my other monitor, not to a completely separate workspace.
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Record Live Streaming

Is it possible to record live streaming from websites such as Ustream or any other similar website using Adobe Flash Player? I know that is possible to record the screen but the quality is not that ...
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Battery life decreased after upgrade to 11.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does my computer get less battery life with Ubuntu compared to Windows? After upgrading from Ubuntu 10.10, my battery life has decreased dramatically. There was a bug ...
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How do I manually set the system time in VirtualBox?

I am trying to manually set the computer's time in VirtualBox but it always resets itself to what it was before I changed it. How can I disable ntp and tell the system what time I want it to be?
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Why do I get Unity instead of Classic when using NX?

Recently I installed FreeNX on my PC and when I login with my 'dev' account I get the Unity interface rather than Classic Gnome. This is odd as my last login before FreeNX was with the Classic ...
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Root filesystem check fails after power failure during installation

During the "install" phase of the upgrade there was a power failure. After when starting up again the following errors are reported: init: udevtrigger main process (420) terminated with status 1 init:...
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Why does Unity hide the menubar?

Why does Unity hide the menubars by default, instead of showing them in the free space across the panel?
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how to use sudo command to install .tar.gz? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) file? I am newbie to ubuntu. I would like someone to explain how to use sudo command to unzip & install .tar.gz file to me.
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Is there an alternative to Redshift and F.lux which only dims the screen?

I want one where it reduces the screen's brightness, either by time or on demand (I don't mind). I have onboard Intel graphics. I don't want it to be like Redshift where it changes the screen's hue.