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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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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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Creating .desktop files to use on the “Open with other application” tab

I am looking for the specs necessary to build a .desktop file to be used in Ubuntu 11.10. Many terminal applications or even GUI application do not show on Open with other application tab anymore and ...
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Conky Guides (links)

I want to take a stab at creating my own layouts for conky, but I'm having trouble finding any recent guides. If you know of any, I would be grateful if you could post some links.
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How to customize the gnome classic panel

First the picture: As you can see in the image, the colors used for the icons and the words Applications and Places (In spanish in this case) have a different background dark gray color than the ...
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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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How do I make my own customized Ubuntu version? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to customize live Ubuntu CD? Is there any GUI tool for that?
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How can I set an animated background?

I want an animated desktop wallpaper on Ubuntu. For example, the animated Enlightenment background. How does one achieve this?
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How do I change the start up sound?

How do i change the start up background music in Ubuntu and can i add any customized music for startup? What are the various ways of setting this?
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Why did 13.10 break my custom keyboard layout?

I was using a custom keyboard layout. Basically I modified the us-mac layout to fit my ideal of a math-heavy version of the regular us layout that also throws German umlauts into mix. It went well and ...
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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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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 can I customize a system locale?

At System → Administration → Language support → Text. I can only choose standard locales, but I would like to fine-tune. For example in Windows I could customise things like time and date format, ...
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How do I theme the Nautilus background image?

I want to change the background image in the Nautilus file browser. My idea is to put my own style in the background. I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and Nautilus is version 3. I know that I have to change ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Remove the Anchor icon in Docky

Can I remove the Anchor icon from my Docky dock?
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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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Ubuntu on 256MB RAM [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to configure ubuntu for lightweight low-memory usage? How can I reduce Ubuntu install size to the minimum, with GUI? I was wondering if I can use Ubuntu (scale down ...
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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 ...
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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 change desktop icon size?

This is my desktop, the icon is too big. I tried to use gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop font "Ubuntu 9" but the it changes only font size of the desktop icons. I tried to use Compiz, ...
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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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How to get a list of applications installed in Ubuntu dash?

In Gnome, we have applications grouped up based on their type (like - games, accessories, et al). But in Unity, we need to manually type in the Unity to get the App. Is there any keyword/utility to ...
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How do I hide a specific volume from the desktop, but keep all others?

I find the icons that show up when I plug a flash drive useful, as much as SD cards and devices. However, the icon to my Windows partition is useless. How can I hide it?
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Run commands at startup

My problem is as follows: I want to to modify my Ubuntu LiveCD to run several commands at startup, but I'm new to Ubuntu development and don't know how to do this. What is the proper way to run these ...
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How can I add more wallpapers?

How do I increase the amount of wallpapers that appear on the menu for customizing the desktop with my backgrounds in 11.10? I added more images to the respective folder in /usr/share/background as ...
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How can I add items to the indicator-session menu?

Is it possible to add to or edit the Session Indicator menu items? Is there an easy way to do this, or would it involve recompiling a custom build? I cannot find much relating to this online.
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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 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 can I change the background color of the unity launcher?

I really dislike the slight dark-purple tint to the side-launcher bar and shell surrounding the menu after pressing the meta key. How can I set this to another color? There are configure options ...
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How can I create a new kind of emblem?

The emblems in Nautilus don't quite fit my needs. How can I add a new one, just for my user account?
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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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Is it possible to color the prompt in Bash?

Is it possible to color the prompt ("user@host:~/dir/$") in Bash? Some commands generate a lot of output and it's sometimes hard to find where it started. Coloring would help a lot.
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How to set application lens as default in Unity Dash view and search results?

I want to open the Application lens in the Unity Dash as the default lens, since I much more open a programm then searching for a Wikipedia article, the weather or anything else the Home lens offers. ...
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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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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 add packages to Ubuntu 11.04 Install DVD?

How can I add packages to the original Ubuntu install DVD. I'm studing Math at university so after installing Ubuntu on my PC I downloaded math packages from the Ubuntu repositories and I try to add ...
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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 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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Customising the ubuntu linux kernel

Can any one tell me how to customize the linux kernel for ubuntu package so that my kernel size can be reduced with necessary packages and the new kernel size should be very small?
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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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How to get the Gnome Activities overview to only open when clicked on [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu Gnome 15.04 (with Gnome Shell obviously), and I have noticed that sometimes when I quickly hover over the Activities button in the top-right-hand corner, that it opens the ...
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Creating Custom Short cut Keys Ubuntu 12.04

I used to have my own shortcut keys to minify all the CSS and JS files for my websites after I saved the original larger version of the file. But that was on Ubuntu 11.04 and now I cannot figure out ...
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How do I make my windows minimize like a Mac in classic Gnome?

How do I make my ubuntu windows do this?
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Make Ubuntu compatible with Arabic language

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I want to make Ubuntu compatible with Arabic language Can you help me please