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How can I customize the Ubuntu boot up logo?

I am making a custom distribution, and have a question about the Ubuntu Logo with 5 dots displayed when booting up. The Ubuntu-Logo-Script in the /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntutext folder has the word ...
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add touchscreen right click options unity

I have ubuntu unity on tablet and I know that a 2 finger click right clicks but on small areas like dock icons I can't do it. On Windows I could touch and hold for 2 seconds. How can I accomplish this ...
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How to create iconpack for Kubuntu 16.04

I have all the icons done. How to make them available for Kubuntu's KDE 5? Do i need any additional files or software?
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Xubuntu 16.04 desktop icons after update

I did a clean install of Xubuntu 16.04 a couple of weeks back. I installed a few icon themes like Faba, Moka etc. However after recent software update, all the desktop icons have turned like this: ...
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Editing menus within XFCE

I am using Xubuntu 14.04. I would like to customise it to my needs. Just for anxiety I would like to change the Menu Contents of " About XFCE " . I usually change names by editing /usr/share/...
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Add custom command in the open with dialog? - Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial

I am trying to associate .fig files (generated by MATLAB) so that I can open them easily by double clicking them. An easy way of doing that in Ubuntu versions before 16.04 is to use the custom command ...
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Change GTK+3 icon theme for a specific application

Firefox doesn't play well with dark system themes and I want to use it and only it with a light system theme, which can be done with an environment variable, but then it will still use my default ...
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Minimalist install of Ubuntu (no applications)

Is it possible to install Ubuntu (my preferred flavour is Lubuntu) without installing all the default applications? I would only need the window manager and the settings-related programs needed to ...
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Modify the SSH welcome message to include system IP address

I have had a couple of occasions where I was unable to remember the IP address for a given system but was, at the time, able to connect using the hostname. As an example, just now I wanted to set up ...
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How to change the size of the Launcher [duplicate]

My Ubuntu Launcher bar is so large that it's currently taking about 7.5% of my total screen. How can I change the size of the Launcher bar to make it whatever size that I want?
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Use path bar and address bar in Nautilus

By default, Nautilus use/show the path bar: Using Ubuntu Tweak I managed to set by default the address bar: Is it possible to set both of them as default (show both: the buttons and the text ...
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How to assign a certain keyboard shortcut to paste specific item?

I regularly need to paste a certain bit of text or a file (probably an image), but it becomes rather long and annoying to keep going back and putting it into my clipboard as I have to copy and paste ...
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What is the must customizable desktop environment? [closed]

I would like to customize all the icons of my desktop environment, specially change Skype system tray icon which is very ugly! Can you tell me in which DE I can customize all the icons and use those ...
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Separate wallpaper for login screen and desktop? (16.04 LTS) [duplicate]

I've tried searching for an answer to this with no luck. I had a go at the method detailed here but as soon as I log out the new wallpaper is there for a brief second before it changes back to my ...
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Kmail: Increase horizontal spacing in message list

I want to increase the horizontal spacing in the message list in Kmail. I find that the spacing is a bit too close to each other, and would like more space between the emails in the message list. I ...
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run virtualenv in new terminal tab automatically

I am using virtualenv, so to start I have to say source some/long/path/bin/activate Sometimes (very often, in fact) I want to create another tab in terminal, to edit another script, or to run ...
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Complete 11.04 desktop customization guide [closed]

Are there any comprehensive desktop customization guide for 11.04 for novices like me?
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Does XFCE allow for transitions for panels and/or icons?

I want to know if XFCE can be configured to allow zooming/scaling of icons when the user hovers over them, similar to the effect shown on a Mac dock. Also, I wonder if my left panel (of course it ...
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How to change keyboard shortcut to launch Activities Overview?

The SUPER key is currently the default key to launch the Activities Overview, however due to an incident involving large amounts of chocolate cake the key no longer works properly and does not always ...
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What does the 'hide-identity' gsetting do?

On Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20 I have just noticed that there is a hide-identity gsetting: I have read its description, but what exactly would be the difference if I turned it on? What ...
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How do I set default view to 'list' in Nautilus file manager?

I would like to set my Nautilus "Default view" to List globally on my PC. Is this possible, if so, how do I achieve this? Linked Question (old)
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How to change desktop background from command line in Unity?

I have a script that updates my desktop background every day with the NASA APOD. Since upgrading to 11.10, that script stopped working, presumably because I'm using gconftool-2 to actually update the ...
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Boot Live CD into 'Try Ubuntu' by default

I am creating a custom live CD based on Ubuntu 15.10. When the user sees the first boot screen (and doesn't press a key), it will automatically boot into a GUI menu where the user can choose 'Try ...
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How to Add Options to the Mouse Right Click Menu in Ubuntu 14.04?

I would like to add some options like New Text Document,Refresh and also some Options to the Mouse Right Click Menu in Ubuntu 14.04. How to Add and Where to add, such options to that, using by ...
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MAAS custom power type

I would like to use MAAS in a custom environment. Actually, the servers are usual machines with netboot capability, however, the power (rack) controller is a linux box. I can login via ssh into the ...
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disable a key on an OS level

I have a volume control wheel on the bases 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 environment,...
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Ubuntu “guest-session” LAN issues (Kodi)

Hello ppl of Ubuntu ask: i was preparing my "pilot machine" for my students lab with a gamma services mounted in local servers, i set up the service they worked good until i transformed the ...
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How to allow moving the cursor while typing with xserver-xorg-input-libinput installed?

Since I installed xserver-xorg-input-libinput, although it fixed my other problems, it has meant that I am unable to move my cursor while typing. I am running Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20, is ...
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How to stop OSSEC HIDS sending me level 2 alerts?

I have OSSEC HIDS (2.8.3) installed (I have it set up as a local installation) and setup so that it sends me email alerts for the various alert levels. The only problem is with level 2 alerts which ...
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What application launchers are available for Ubuntu?

What are some alternative launchers that can be used to launch programs in Ubuntu's default Unity desktop?
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Changing login screen wallpaper

I have been trying to change my login screen wallpaper to one of my own using ubuntu-tweak. The wallpapers are located in Ubuntu's default wallpaper folder and I have given all users read privileges ...
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How to change the default save location for Firefox bookmarks?

When I make a new bookmark in Firefox it is automatically saved to the "Unsorted Bookmarks" section, but I would prefer it go to just straight to the "Bookmarks Toolbar", so how can I change the ...
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How to alter touchpad settings on Ubuntu GNOME 16.04?

After upgrading to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20 I have found that if I tap my touchpad it clicks which is something I do not want due to a faulty touchpad, previously I was able to disable this ...
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How to write en and em dashes?

I am a bit of a Grammar Nazi, so I like my grammar to be correct, I understand that for you to be able to type en and em dashes that you have to configure the COMPOSE key or something like that but I ...
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howto resize the ubuntu logo in the login screen 12.04

how can i resize the area reserved for the Ubuntu logo in the login screen. I managed to change the logo and replace it with mine, except that mine is a squared image file with much bigger dimensions ...
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How do I create a customized CD that doesn't display any installation screens?

I would like to create customized Ubuntu installation CD. Here is what I want a customized Ubuntu Installation CD to do: Do not display any Installation Screens of Ubuntu. Manually, set default ...
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Global Menu shrinks appname

So this is not a question on how to have the Global Menu always visible, but instead, how to make the Global Menu to show the full appname. If it's too long it gets faded out: How would I be able ...
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Changing KeePass2 tray icon

I want to change default KeePass2 tray icons - currently unlocked workspace is displayed with blue "calm" icon and secure, locked workspace is displayed with red element suggesting problem/danger. It ...
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Custom (editable) message for each user after login

The computer is being used by three users (+1 admin) and they use unity login. The three users come, use the computer and logout. I have to give some instructions, news and details every time they ...
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How to bring back minimize and maximize buttons in Gnome 3

I have recently installed Ubuntu Gnome which has the latest version of Gnome 3 running on it, and I have noticed that on windows there are no minimize buttons, and no maximize buttons, although I can ...
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Compress and Extract options in Thunar

Please anyone help me in creating Custom Options for Compress and Extract Here in Thunar File manager Please help me...
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How can I customize the Unity Launcher?

The Arc Theme has a screenshot that has a really nice launcher, nice icons for the launcher only (here), an options panel on the top, and a really cool Scopes icon down on the bottom. How can I do ...
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How to increase text size?

the option at the login screen indeed makes the text bigger and easier to read but it only seem to be in effect for the login screen. When I login to the desktop, everything is back to normal size. Is ...
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How do I add custom items to the context menu in Dolphin in KDE 5?

I've Googled around, but can't seem to find any consistent tutorials or documentation that describe how to do this (in my case, on Kubuntu 15.10). I want to add custom scripts to the context menu in ...
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How to customize distribution with predefined user and automatic installation/configuration

I am working on Ubuntu customization for production level. The setup environment is explained below: I have some Ubuntu machines (12 to be more precise) that runs a software made by myself for this ...
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How to change GNOME top panel colour and transparency levels?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, and I want to know if I can change the top panel's colour and transparency levels?
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Coloring all output from terminal

Is there a way to make all the output of my terminal colored in a personalized way? e.g: If I issue the command: sudo apt-get update - I will get a column of text and what I want is a way to colorize ...
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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 do I Customize the 'Top Panel'?

I would like add some Files\Programs to Top Panel as shown below When I Click on that Icon (Hand), it should show my customized add-on Files\Programs Ex: Calculator,Dictionary, Units etc., just ...