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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 fix missing GPG keys?

I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04 and I added some repo and when apt-get update i got missing gpg key. Following command seems to doesn't work for me: apt-get update 2> /tmp/keymissing; for key ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 change the purple background color in grub?

How to do this manually, not installing any tools?
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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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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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How to customize the context menu in Nautilus?

From time to time I come to ideas of actions I'd like to have available in a menu which pops up when I right-click on files in Nautilus. How to add them there? Is there something like Thunar UCA ...
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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 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 it legal to distribute customized Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Under what license is Ubuntu? Can it be legally modified and distributed? I have made my own version of Ubuntu that I have customized using tools. I removed some ...
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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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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 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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Where does Ubuntu store the picture that I set as my desktop?

I have a pretty picture set as my desktop background, but I've lost the original file. However, my desktop is still set to this picture. How can I get back my picture?
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OSD desktop-clock that does not get in your way?

is there a clock application, that can be placed on your screen like a widget staying always on top but automatically fades away on mouseover enabling you to click through it on items below, ...
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How do I modify existing themes in 12.04?

Is there any way to modify the theme that comes with Ubuntu 12.04? It was possible with Ubuntu 10.x. I wonder why they removed the basic customization. Are there any improvements in this area for ...
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How to get cursor click effect?

I've seen videos like this one in which a effect appears when the user made a click. What I want it's just the effect only, I don't care the colour of the cursor. How can I make this effect when I do ...
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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 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 to save theme settings and restore it later?

I have changed base theme and made also some modifications (change fonts, sizes, icons sets etc) I would like to save all and test some other themes and restore them back.I'm using 12.04. Is this ...
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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 can I customize Vim for web development and programming?

I tried already to find something for my question in [askubuntu.com] , but nothing was answering my needs. So, what i want is build vim as a very powerful and useful editor for html,css, javascript, ...
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Is it possible to drag files with right click?

Is there a way (maybe using some script in nautilus or something) so that you can drag files with the right mouse button and when you release, you're shown the context menu? If it can even be ...
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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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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 can I use my own image for the boot splash screen?

How can I create and use my own boot splash screen?
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How to make Unity Launcher backlight use one colour?

How to make Unity Launcher backlight use one colour? I want my launcher backlight all coloured with blue..
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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 font of various terminal emulators?

Mainly: Gnome Terminal Xfce Terminal Konsole LXTerminal Terminator Guake Yakuake Urxvt Xterm Mrxvt
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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 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 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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How To Customize Ubuntu Bash to make it like Mint?

I love Linux Mint's bash customization. It includes both a color prompt and a quote displayed with ASCII art. Is it possible to have it in Ubuntu?
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How do I install a new icon set? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install different icons? I am looking for new look to Ubuntu Desktop. I've read about something called the Faenza icons but I dont know where to download ...
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How to customize “Places” menu

I want to add a Public folder at here. -The Public folder exists in ~/Public as default. How can I do?
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How can I change the icon size on lubuntu's desktop?

I want to change the icons on the lubuntu desktop.
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Where can I find the Pictures / Music / Downloads folder icons?

First of all, I know this question seems very common. I know the /usr/share/icons/Humanity/places folder. So this is not exactly about it. On a fresh install, when you open Nautilus, you see your ...
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Override theme background color for certain applications

When using a custom theme (Equinox Evolution Midnight in my particular case) the manager at System > Preferences > Appearance > Theme > Customize > Colors is indeed reflecting the actual system-wide ...
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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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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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How can I speed up the GUI?

I would like to ask if there are some possibilities for speeding up Ubuntu a little. For example I do not need windows content to be visible while moving them, nor I need animations when launching the ...
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How can I make the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons in the window decorations?

When the Ambiance GTK theme is selected in Applications ▸ Appearance ▸ Customize ▸ Controls, the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons of the Ambiance Metacity theme's window ...
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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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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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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 ...