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Creating an install of Ubuntu to clone

I work on a team with several other developers. We all have similar hardware and we all run at least the same base development software. We are wishing to upgrade from 10.04 to 10.10 doing a clean ...
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Editing GTK theme (adding a border)

I am using a GTK theme which I love except that it doesn't have borders around the windows. If I am on a web page (for example) with a white background and my wallpaper is white I don't know where the ...
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Is there a way to hide the Messaging Tray in GNOME Shell?

I find the Messaging Tray (the bottom bar) in GNOME Shell rather inconvenient. I'm looking for a way to disable it. KRSNA 2 ZED seems to have written an extension for doing just that, but I don't know ...
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Can I change “Activities” in gnome-shell to an Ubuntu logo?

I'm using gnome-shell in Oneiric and would like to know if there is a way to change the text "Activities" (in the top left corner) to a picture if the Ubuntu logo. I have already succeeded at ...
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How can I remove the “Deleted Items”, “Applications” entries from the netbook launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to delete Apps and Files & Folder (lenses) icons from Launcher? Is it possible to remove the "Deleted Items", "Applications" and/or "Files & Folders" entries ...
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How to see the full file name on the Lubuntu Desktop?

If I have a file with several characters in it, only a certain number of initial characters is displayed on the Lubuntu desktop and Xfce desktops. For example, I have a file titled, ...
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How to convert Ubuntu cursor to Windows and conversely?

Is it possible to convert ubuntu cursor theme to windows .cur and .ani. and make ubuntu cursor theme from Windows .cur & .ani files? If so, How thanks :)
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Set wallpaper in the Lock Screen [duplicate]

Is there an app or some way to set the desktop wallpaper as viewable when only logged in, and to set another when logged out or locked? I've tried Ubuntu Tweak, but it only does the login wallpaper, ...
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Where do I get the source code to customize Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I build Unity from source? So one of the main reasons I migrated to Ubuntu 12.04 from Windows 7 was to be able to have more control over my system due to the ...
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Installing ubuntu desktop without all the bloat

I am thinking of installing Ubuntu Server then from there install a desktop environment. Then I think ubuntu-desktop will not just include the desktop but other bloat too? How can I just get the GUI, ...
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How to add applications and GUI to the minimal Ubuntu?

I would like to build a custom Ubuntu from the minimal Ubuntu version. I plan to use the 11.10 version. My question is, how to I add the basic necessary packages like networking, desktop, apt-get, ...
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Is GNOME-DO Themeable?

I was wondering if Gnome DO is themable, besides the 5 pre-installed themes.. I took a look at the projects' page and didn't discover anything. Do you know if there is any chance of unofficial theming ...
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I have customized my Ubuntu Live USB, should I expect the same customization after installing to a hard drive?

I think the question is rather self-explanatory, however: say I have customized my Live USB (enabled with disk persistence) with installed software, desktop background, config files, etc. Are these ...
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How can I disable the minimize button?

When I accidentally minimize windows in Unity it's so hard to find them I usually don't even bother and just open a new one instead. How can I get rid of that terrible button so I don't ever click it ...
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How do I compile and use liboverlay-scrollbar from source?

I'm trying to install and use a patched version of liboverlay-scrollbar that matches my personal preferences. I've successfully downloaded lp:ayatana-scrollbar and ./autogen.sh; make; sudo make ...
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Where is the place where actual size of desktop icons is stored?

As one can resize the icons on desktop (not within nautilus) through righ-click menu: "Resize icon..", so where is the size stored for that certain file.
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What are the must-have apps to customize Ubuntu Look and Feel apps?

Seeing this a big part of the Ubuntu community, I have never looked at someone's Ubuntu install with thinking that looks cool, I wish I had X. How did you do that? What are your the must have add-ons ...
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Customize Ubuntu Server to load a minimal desktop only when needed

I would like to have an install with: Ubuntu Desktop with no additional applications or games Graphical interface only when I manually run 'startx' I am using Ubuntu server and would like a GUI, ...
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How can I hide the text under the desktop icons?

I want to display the desktop icons without the text. I only have the Home and Trash icons on the desktop. Any sugestions?
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Increase launcher and applet spacing on the Gnome Classic panel

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04.1 with Gnome Classic. I added some launchers on the top panel, but they are placed too tightly (also take a look at separators, they aren't really separate anything): Can I ...
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What SSD support changes are there in 11.04?

For Ubuntu 10.10 I put together a list of optimizations and configuration options that needed tweaking for optimum SSD support: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MagicFab/SSDchecklist I am wondering what has ...
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Adding a GRUB2 background image and custom font

I am trying to use grub-customizer to add a custom background image and use the Ubuntu Condensed font. The preview looks fine: But when I actually boot up, I get a messed-up configuration. The ...
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How to change desktop theme periodically

Is it possible change desktop theme In each hour
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How to harden a ubuntu desktop?

We are planning to install 80 ubuntu desktops in a college. The management told us to harden the ubuntu desktop as much as possible, like the user should not able to customize system settings for ...
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How to make dropdown menus have shadow?

When I right-click on desktop, there's no shadow of menu. How can I make all dropdown menus have shadow?
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how to change virtualbox keyboard shortcut

In virtualbox ctrl-r is the shortcut to reset the virtual machine. But I use it for testing web-sites on IE, and I seem to be hard-wired to use ctrl-r to refresh web-pages in a browser. I keep ...
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How can I change the appearance of KDE applications?

I use Gnome. I want to change the appearance of KDE applications such as Amarok. The colors in Amarok don't match the rest of my applications. How can I customize them?
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How to change the background colour of a window?

Since 11.10 you can't change much in the appearance options, just the windows border styles but NOT the background colour like you could do it in Natty. For some odd reason as I upgraded to 11.10, it ...
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Making my own custom Ubuntu

I was wondering, is it possible to make my own customized version of Linux based on Ubuntu 10.10 ? I am thinking of calling it something different but I was wondering besides making a custom Live CD ...
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Customize Ubuntu Control Center and add Web and text interface

I am working on my own ehmmm... sorry my company own live distribution based on Ubuntu. I would like to write something like control center with text, gui and web interface accessed by admin only: ...
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How to theme Nautilus' resize area/handle border?

I'd like to change the visual appearance of the marked resize border/areas in Nautilus: If I knew how those elements are named in GTK+, I'm sure I could find out what I'd need to add to ...
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different icons on different workspaces

When I install an icon on one workspace it is installed on all four workspaces. Is it possible to install different icons on different workspaces? I am using Ubuntu 12.04.
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How can I make Ubuntu look like Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”?

I really like the simple look of Debian's interface. What desktop environment is it? Is it easy to replicate?
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How do I stop Unity from remembering search history?

Is it possible to stop Unity from remembering the past search history? If I search for "settings" and then close and reopen the unity dash, the word "settings" is still in the search bar. I want to do ...
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How do I change the background color of the menu bar?

I'm trying to change the background color of the menu bar in Ubuntu but no luck. My current theme is Ambiance. I've tried to change the file named gtkrc in the Ambiance theme folder but no luck. ...
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How to change the mouse pointer theme [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change mouse cursor and theme? How can I change mouse pointer theme in Ubuntu 11.10, as in previous versions of Ubuntu?
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How to customize indicator-datetime to two line configuration?

Before we used to be able to customize the gnome panel clock to two line style. How could we do the same for indicator-datetime? I understand there's dconf-editor from dconf-tools. And by going to ...
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How can I always show the hover title in expose when using compiz?

I have expose mode on. When I use expose mode I get the zoom out showing all my windows. This is fine. However, when I hover my mouse over one of those windows I get a title bar of what that window ...
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How can I add a custom item to the Sound Indicator (and make it clickable more than once)?

The original question One of the strength of Unity are the various standardized indicators. I want to customize the sound indicator with an additional menu entry that runs a small shell script. ...
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How to get Ubuntu Server installed from Ubuntu Minimal?

Once I install Ubuntu minimal, then I have option to customize it the way I want. I can either use it as such with the terminal mode, Make it ubuntu desktop by apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Make it ...
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How do I enlarge the mouse pointer/cursor?

In Ubuntu 10.10 I could enlarge the mouse pointer. In Ubuntu 11.04 I cannot find the option.
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App installed in ~/usr launches from terminal but not Applications menu (or why does setting ld_library_path in .profile not work as it should)

I have built and installed an application under a directory of my choosing, let's say under /home/jim/usr, so files have been put in three-four folders, all under this $HOME/usr folder (e.g., bin, ...
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What guidelines should one follow when customizing their install in order to maintain an upgrade path?

In the past, I've gone hog wild customizing my Ubuntu installation, only to be unable to upgrade it once the time came. So how does one go about customizing their install without running into issues ...
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Custom command to open VLC with some options

I am trying to create a script to run vlc to play (or queue if a playlist is already present) some videos. so far in my ~/bin/ folder I have created a file ``myvlc'' with the following command: ...
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How to add a custom shape in the beginning of terminal command-prompt?

I have seen a lot of terminal with sweet shape in the beginning of terminal command-prompt, like this: and i want to add a shape like this : .....____________________ , ,__ ....../ ...
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How to make a custom boot-up splash animation

I just found some cool boot-up video and audio file, and I want to make a custom boot-up animation in Ubuntu 11.04. Any suggestions?
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Customizing Ubuntu Mini Remix

I've been using Ubuntu for 2 years and now I want to make my own. I just decided to get the Ubuntu minimal iso for the core of my custom Distro ... but everything seems so confusing!!! could anyone ...
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How to run a custom set of programs in a specific workspace?

I use several workspaces in order to have different context for different works. Therefore, I run the same set of applications in the same workspace repeatedly. And also I run the same application in ...
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How to show avatar and username (not only full name) on the login screen?

I used ubuntu tweak to change the login background, but I need these other things as well: Show username (not only full name) and avatar if possible, in the login screen Any ideas how to achieve ...
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How to change the order of scopes in a lens?

I recently installed 12.04, and have started to to fiddle around with lenses. I've installed two scopes for the music lens: Spotify and Grooveshark. It seems to me that the current scope display ...