Questions about using desktop backgrounds in Ubuntu.

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VLC from menu or double-click starts in background, terminates

On most Ubunutus, VLC can be started from the gnome launcher(?) or by double-clicking on assiociated items in nemo or nautilus. I expect VLC to run; in the second case, I expect the file I clicked on ...
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Change the background of the login screen

I installed Ubuntu Studio 15.10 and upon that: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Now on the login screen, I have the default brownish Ubuntu default background. I tried this as root: sudo ...
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Error while attempt to change login screen background picture

Open a terminal and get root sudo -i (Type sudo password) Allow the user lightdm to create a connection to the X server xhost +SI:localuser:lightdm Switch user to lightdm su lightdm -s ...
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Ubuntu Phone - How can I program app running, when device screen is turned off?

How can I program my mobile application to be still running in the background, after the user turned off the screen? I'm developing the application in QML.
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Ubuntu 12.04 wallpaper problem when using two monitors

I am using two monitors, the main resolution is 1920x1080 and the secondary is 1440x900. Everything seems to work fine (with default drivers, fglrx crashes bad), besides windows opening in the wrong ...
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Make a text file my automatically updated background?

I want to make a "to-do" list my wallpaper. I was hoping to be able to write a text file, save it, and have the background be updated each time I edit file. Is this possible?
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Is it possible to have a different background for each workspace?

I normally use 4 different workspaces for different things, and they are always the same, can I make a different background image for each one of them? I would like an answer that works for both ...
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Lightdm doesn't show wallpaper/background and colors are wrong

The symptoms of the problem are that only default Ubuntu wallpaper is shown in the login screen, the password field, host name (in the top left corner) and menu (in the top right corner) have an ugly ...
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Bring nohup job to foreground

Consider the following nohup execution: nohup script.sh > script.out & Is there a way to log off the terminal, reconnect, bring the process back to foreground and interact with it using the ...
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How to show a different desktop image to screen capturing applications?

I often take screenshots with shutter and do screen recordings with other applications, and sometimes I have my desktop picture set to something private that I don't want people looking at my ...
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Desktop shows a white or black background instead of wallpapers

After the upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 my desktop background turns black after I try to set a image for that. How to fix it? This is my desktop screen:
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Is there any “Background Removal” Program in Ubuntu besides GIMP?

I need to remove background from images locally. I use photoshop in windows and GIMP in Linux but GIMP is too much for me for simple background removal purpose. Is there any easier alternatives for ...
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How to stop uTorrent running in background?

I added a command to start utorrent at the startup in startup applications, But I want to stop the the server for some reason from terminal and remove it from running in background. What should I do? ...
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xubuntu 12.04 can't change desktop background/wallpaper permanently

If I change the desktop background (wallpaper) via right-click on desktop => desktop settings => single image, and select another background image from the list, or add a photo of my own (via the "+" ...
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How can I set the live stream from ISS HD Earth View as my desktop background?

I would like to display the High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV) Live stream from International Space Station as a desktop background on Ubuntu 15.04 Related questions: How can I set the ...
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Background image is not showing at login screen. 14.04

So I changed my background on my computer to an image I liked on the internet. However unlike on my laptop, the background image doesn't display for the login to my user account. Is there a way to fix ...
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Another Abiword episode - Cannot change background color

I'm hoping someone can help me out as I am at a loss! I have many old, personal documents that I have continually ongoing work on... I don't know if I am photosensitive or what, but I cannot stand ...
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use jpg as background image

I am trying to install a custom background image on my xfce desktop. When I browse for the image the file is grayed out regardless of what I do. I trier to chmod it to my username, place it in ...
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Xfce notes background

I tried xfce Notes and liked it a lot. This lightweight app does the job and the backups are easy (all notes are located in ~/.local/share/notes/). Is it possible to remove transparency and change ...
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How to change desktop background colour in GNOME?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, and I have set an image as my desktop background, it has a white bit around it, however when I set it to be "Spanned" on my desktop in the GNOME Tweak ...
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when I select a file in dolphin the name disappears

I'm using dolphin under gnome 3 and when I select a file, the name disappears. I tried looking at my kde settings and looking under colors and nothing seems out of the ordinary, and I don't know if ...
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Why does the login screen in 14.04 only change when I set a picture background, but not when I use a solid color?

When I set a solid color as desktop background (like black), which I like far better, then the login screen shows the default purplish picture (warty-final-ubuntu.png). How to I make it also show a ...
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desktop background solid color leads to exactly same color for desktop selection making it invisible

ok this is really irritating and has been the case in ubuntu 14.04 i spent many hours trying to find a soln in the summer and couldnt, i was hoping it would get fixed automatically but here we are in ...
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Background is displayed tiled instead of stretched between greeter and desktop

When I log in, I see the Ubuntu greeter/login-screen with /usr/share/backgrounds/warty-final-ubuntu.png or the selected user's desktop background image as correctly displayed background. However, as ...
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Wallch Doesn't work

I've installed wallch from both the apt, and the source from sourceforge, and both not working. Simply adding an image to the queue and setting it as the background works, but both "Live Earth" and ...
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How to change my background?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 (my system info reads "Ubuntu 13.04", though, for some reason). Right clicking on the Desktop and then changing the background there doesnt work and just sends me to System ...
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Changing desktop background does not work as root

I am trying to write a python script that changes my background periodically. This is the relevant code where I change the background: command = "gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background ...
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backgrounds that change throghout the day [duplicate]

The default background for ubuntu gnome changes over time during the day, i was wondering if anyone had an in detail tutorial on how to make your own backgrounds that change during the day.
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kubuntu 15.04 background image disappears

After one of the latest upgrades the background image disapper and the whole background becomes black. Nothing is possible anymore in de Desktop Settings, whatever you change the background will stay ...
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How to span single wallpaper over dual monitors?

I have dual monitor set up in Ubuntu 11.10. I want to have a single wallpaper spanned across both monitors. How do I do this?
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Uploaded Linux Poseidon to Ubuntu 14.04. Lost Triton background screen!

this is going to be an aesthetic question! I just loved the background screen of Linux Poseidon I had before the upload to Ubuntu 14.04 with the beautiful Triton typing on a laptop and the penguin ...
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Ubuntu Gnome 15.04 white text on white BG in Ubuntu Software Center

I have Ubuntu Gnome 15.04 installed right now on my PC. I have this issue where in Ubuntu Software Center when I select an item it then appears as white text on white background. It isn't that it ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Can't change desktop background and no files are visible on the desktop

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 64bit: I can't change the desktop background from the native settings or using any "tweak-tools" I can find. And for some reason, I can right click on the files that should ...
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create a new desktop background from default background [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 14.4.3 and really like the default cyan background. I want it to not change with time. However, I cannot find the file in /usr/share/backgrounds. I was hoping to construct an image ...
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Gray background at login

The background of my login screen is always gray. I installed gdm as my login manager after seeing my wife's login screen. The gdm login screen is cool-looking IMHO so I asked ASKUBUNTU how to get ...
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Cannot change login background / Also not auto changing

I have two machines running Ubuntu 13.10. One of the machines is changing the login wallpaper while choosing an account. I would like to have this on the other machine as well. But nothing changes ...
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How to reinstall Ubuntu 14.04's default login screen [duplicate]

I was playing around with the different Window Managers and I ended up uninstalling the default login screen (I think) How can I reinstall that without reinstalling the whole distro?
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ubuntu 14.04 ; make a .gif to desktop background [duplicate]

how can i make this http://i.stack.imgur.com/claJC.gif as my desktop background? i right clicked and set it as desktop background.it shows the appearance to set the other images stored there.
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Nautilus slow if lot of images are in a directory

I have 400 images in a directory. I look at the directory with nautilus. The first time I open the directory it is very slow, I have a modern laptop with 4 cores and plenty RAM. My use case: open ...
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Can't change wallpaper from terminal

I tried all the other solutions to this question. Every time I edit my settings in dconf as root, they are overriden by something. The same goes for when I edit my user file in ...
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awesome wm with xubuntu - setting wallpaper resets to default

I am using awesome v3.4.15 (Never Gonna Give You Up) and (X)Ubuntu. My display manager is lightdm. In /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua I've added this line to change my background to a solid color: ...
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No background/wallpaper in Ubuntu 12.04 - what to do?

This is how my desktop looks like after moving Firefox window arround: The background just doesn't redraw, there is no wallpaper. It is like that since update to 12.04 - it was the same in 11.10 but ...
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multiple folders for desktop background

I have a rotating background on one of my less used machines. With all the windows minimised it acts very well as a digital picture frame. However my picture library is is in multiple folders. The ...
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How can I make background image changed as time goes?

It is found that Ubuntu background has multi images changing as time passes. I want to make one for my own. May I? HELLOVENUS, Fantagio.
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Twitch Livestream Downloading

Hi guys im not been able to find a solution to this issue and wonder if you can help me. Im looking for a tool that will sit in the background and watch a twitch stream URL and when the live broadcast ...
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Why do I have a different wallpaper in Activities Overview of Gnome Shell, and how do I remove it?

When I open the Activities Overview in Gnome Shell (cursor in top left corner), my wallpaper changes to a different wallpaper than the one I have selected in the Background Settings. Why is this ...
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How do I change the desktop background in Cinnamon?

I've changed my desktop environment to Cinnamon on 32 bit 15.04, the problem is that I can't seem to change my desktop background by going to System Settings->Background as I have selected a new ...
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Cron not able to succesfully change background

I'm running 12.04 with a custom XML background (modification on Day of Ubuntu) that changes based on time of day. I've noticed that there's a significant delay between when the changes are scheduled ...
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Get GUI back from background application

I started an app (minecraft server) with ssh like this: nohup java -jar minecraftserver.jar & and then logged out. Now that I am next to my computer I can't access the server's terminal. How ...
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How to change background transparency of xterm

In terminal we can change the background transparency by changing the slider in edit>preference>background>transparent background Similarly how can we change the transparency of xterm ...