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How was Ubuntu first developed?

I am not a noob to Ubuntu. I have been here for a while. The question I am going to ask is basically requiring an explanatory answer, possible with examples. My question is simple. It is as below:- ...
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Is there a way to show the plugged in removable drives on the {unity} desktop?

Is there a way to display drive icons, like in GNOME 2.x and Cinnamon on the Unity desktop?
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How to customize vertical panel in cinnamon menu? [closed]

I want to edit highlighted area: for example, change Firefox with chromium or remove any item. Menu editor can change only right part of menu, changing default application has no effect on this panel. ...
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Ubuntu Splash Screen Customization

I wanted to know how to customize the splash screen in Ubuntu 13. I have tried to install Plymouth Manager but when I run sudo apt-get update it says it was unable to fetch ...
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Unable to delete custom colors under Appearance/Background

The "Background" panel in "System Settings/Appearance", allows to select the background color of the desktop, solid or with a gradient. There, the "Pick a color" window allows to choice a color from ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Window Title Font

How can I change the font for the window title in 13.04 Ubuntu? Original text: Wie kann ich die Schrift für den Fenstertitel bei Ubuntu 13.04 ändern?
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How to refresh an icon that has been changed so the new one shows up?

I want to customize two icons in the top right indicator of the unity-panel, the one for everpad and the one for deluge. I found this solution: How do I merge two icon sets? ...and love it, it's ...
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Customizing ubuntu studio 13.04

I have recently switched from original ubuntu 12.10 to ubuntu studio 13.04. After some research I found out I could install compiz to this as well. I have to go to the terminal and run compiz ...
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How do I set the position of a Cinnamon desklet?

I'm using Cinnamon 1.8 and tried out it's native desklets. But neither could I figure out myself nor find any documentation on how a desklet's position is defined.
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How do I install cursors from the internet? [duplicate]

I tried doing the answer from another question but I didn't have an .icons folder. How else can I install a cursor without using the software center?
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Xubuntu transparent buttons in the panel

I would like to remove the color behind the buttons inside the XFCE Pannel : I tried to modify the file /usr/share/themes/Greybird/gtk-2.0/apps/xfce-panel.rc, and I came with a strange white ...
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Can I set the launcher to only be visible when I'm on the desktop?

I'd like to show the Launcher when I am on my desktop and hide it when an application is running. How can I personalize it?
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How to change the font of various terminal emulators?

Mainly: Gnome Terminal Xfce Terminal Konsole LXTerminal Terminator Guake Yakuake Urxvt Xterm Mrxvt
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How to change boot screen name?

I want to change the name 'ubuntu 12.04LTS' in boot screen to some other name.How can I do dat?
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How Do I Change Icons in the Dock “Plank”?

I'm wondering how I change icons for specifically the dock "Plank". I've only managed to find a way to change theme, but not icons for the actual applications in the dock. Is it possible? If so, how ...
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Is There A Guide to Debian Live's Seemingly Undocumented Ubuntu Extension?

Debian Live is the tool used to generate LiveCD images now for Ubuntu. There is a manual available for it that notes there is an extension that handles producing Ubuntu-style LiveCDs but says very ...
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How to update a package in ubuntu-builder which requires system reboot?

I am trying to create a customized ubuntu live cd using ubuntu-builder. I was following this perticular answer: How to customize live Ubuntu CD? If I try to update a package which requires system ...
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Creating a .desktop file for a new application

I just installed the lastest version of UGENE. I works fine but in order to use it, I have to enter the following in the terminal: cd ugene-1.11.5/ then execute ./ugene -ui to launch UGENE GUI. This ...
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Customization: Specific DE for specific User

Is it possible to setup? Suppose, I have two users: Home and Work. For Home I want to use GNOME Shell or KDE a beautiful DE. (Or something else) For Work I want to use LXDE or MATE as fastest DE. ...
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disable a key on an OS level

I have a volume control wheel on the basse of my laptop which I always spin by mistake. When spun, the letters 6~ start to pop up in rapid succession. Annoying as this is, when in my vim ...
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How can I remove the gray boxes around custom folder icons? [closed]

When I set custom folder icons in Ubuntu 13.04, gray boxes appear around them: How can I make the icons just look normal?
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How do I set up a background Image for console in ubuntu

Some of you may know this from opensuse. There the console is able to have a background. Is Ubuntu also able to have a backround image outside the x window system?
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xmodmap alternative for the text console (TTY)?

There is a keyboard with ' key broken. I've remapped it to the Wake button with xmodmap but that affects only X session, how can I achieve this for TTYs? Note: editing keymap files directly is not ...
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Is it possible to change text console (VT, framebuffer) foreground color?

I tried setterm -foreground green but any action resets the color back to white. Also, switching black and white seems like a nice option for e-paper (e-ink) screens.
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How to install Mac buttons and scrollbars on 12.10?

I recently installed the mac theme for Ubuntu 12.10 from Noobslab. The installation went properly and I am now running the Mac theme. But I still don't have the scrollbars and buttons for Mac. This is ...
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How to activate my lens on Quantal?

How to enable/activate any unity lens on Quantal? I installed many unity lens on Quantal, using the following command, but none is active on dash. sudo apt-get install unity-lens-wikipedia sudo ...
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How can I change the default color for all the text in the system manually

How can I change the overall default color for text of the whole system ,be it for the gnome panel,tty,shell,etc.In all the just look and feel aspect of my system.
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Customize Ubuntu Login Screen

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server on which I installed Xubuntu desktop. I have some users in the server out of that I would like to set a user as a default user. How can I customize the login screen ...
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how to install KDE icon theme in ubuntu? (ROSA Icons)

I recently got the great ROSA icon theme from the ROSA repo, I extracted the archive and put it into the .icons folder, under KDE I can select the icons no problem, but under unity using gnome tweak ...
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How to Customize a ubuntu install CD and (not a liveCD) create a new ISO for PXE boot?

My requirement is as below. I would first install ubuntu 12.04 on a rack server using an ISO image. Install certain packages like kvm, openvswitch etc:-. I should be able to repackage everything to ...
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How do I set a custom cursor theme in Ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

I would just like to set a custom cursor theme on my computer. I had this pack back on 10.10 from here. http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=50663. But I can't seem to recall how I did it. ...
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Change launcher icon opacity/brightness

Is there any way to reduce the opacity/brightness of launcher icons in Ubuntu 12? They are too vivid and colorful, which distracts me a little. Coders will know. It wouldn't bother me if the ...
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How to change guest user icon

How the "Guest User" picture in Ubuntu 12.04 can be changed? The user picture appear, for example, in the user menu. This image is seen in every user's menu, so I guess it's just a matter of finding ...
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How do you enable PointerButtons to work on the keyboard?

Let's assume I have added the following keyboard map in /usr/share/X11/xkb/us. Why can't use the the keyboard key as a Pointer Button. partial alphanumeric_keys xkb_symbols "alt-intl" { ...
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How do I remove full name from owner column within file manager?

Within the file manager (Nautilus), you can customize it a bit through Edit -> Preferences. I set default view to List View and added some additional default columns. Adding the owner column ...
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Possible to customize Terminal context (right-click) menu?

I am making the transition to Ubuntu 10.0.04 from years of Windows. It would help if the terminal could have the right-click context menu display the copy command first in the command list, instead of ...
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Gtk version problem while installing themes to Ubuntu 12.10

I am a little confused with the gtk stuff. I heard Ubuntu 12.10 already has gtk3.6.0. I am trying to install a theme that says it requires gtk 3.6.0. So when I click download, it doesn't download, ...
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How to redistribute Ubuntu(Linux)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to customize live Ubuntu CD? I have Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Ubuntu/Kubuntu and Server) and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Other linux distributions. I want to change its backgrounds ...
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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 change the menu icon of mate desktop menu applet?

I am using the Mate Desktop Environment v-1.4.1 and having a Mate-Menu applet in the bottom panel: Shutdown [ICON] Applications Places System. See screenshot below. Is there any way to change or ...
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How to show ascii art at the top of the terminal when it's opened?

As you can see on this screeshot of Mik's Guake he have a statup message of ascii art when he opens it, and that's what I'd like to do, can someone help me?
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Why do most window managers fail to show a custom cursor correctly?

Please note: I am not so much looking for a fix, as there doesn't seem to be one. However, I want to know why most Window managers ignore my choice of cursor theme and show the default cursor no ...
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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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Run tasks after requesting a shut down

I have a small internet cafe with 7-9 Ubuntu 12.04 workstations. Unfortunately, I can't be there every week. I've seen a Java solution to upgrade the system, after a normal (non-sudo/admin) user ...
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Is there a tool to quickly create custom keyboard layouts for international keyboard, greek and unicode math?

Is there a tool to quickly create custom keyboard layouts? For example to achieve this: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/86559/1871 Producing Unicode characters in secondary layers, but based on US ...
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How to get Ubuntu Netbook Edition Unity layout layout in 12.04

I saw this article and liked the layout of Unity. I would like to have it on my Precise 64bit. Also I want to keep my current settings, switching back to them whenever I want to. How can I do that?
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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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Login Screen Background

I changed the Login Screen Background picture using ubuntu-tweak. It worked! However, after a second reboot, the picture does not appear... well, it shows up for a mili-seconds, and after that the ...
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How can I create a “built-in” color scheme for GNOME Terminal?

GNOME Terminal has a few built-in color schemes: How can I add more to this list?
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Adding a Wine (.exe) file to open/play files in Thunar's 'Custom Actions'

What is the line parameter in Thunar's "custom actions" that would play a music directory in a Wine (.exe) program? I want to put Foobar2000 (and possibly other such applications) in Thunar's Custom ...