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How to reset Unity settings to a pristine desktop but not touching MATE?

I tried in a previous installation to use only MATE and remove Unity, uninstalling all unity-related packages from Ubuntu 14.04. However, it happens I would probably need Unity to work with a ...
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How to block desktop applications for a specific user? [on hold]

I need to block applications and tools for the users, because I want to achieve that they can only use the specific tools I have selected. I'm a superuser, how can I do that?
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Controls like checkboxes and radio buttons are invisible : After Upgrade to 14.10

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04. No matter what theme I try, radio buttons and checkboxes simply do not appear in my applications. Any ideas? Here's a an image showing this:
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Xubuntu 14 Desktop on Xubuntu 12

I have both xubuntu 14 and xubuntu 12 installed on my machine. I need to use them both regularly. Is there any way I can make my xubuntu 12 look more like xubuntu 14. I have installed the whisker ...
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no unity after installing fglrx-updates

I decided to do the fglrx-updates because I read it would be better, but then I got a black screen after rebooting. After a few different suggestions I got my desktop back, but no top bar menu or the ...
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apt- Error installing Deepin Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

I have been trying to add the Deepin Desktop Environment to Ubuntu. I have followed several guides that consist of adding the sources etc and then trying sudo apt-get install dde-meta-core however ...
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Ubuntu Stopped working due to removed packages that have been gone for months

I've customized my install by stripping out all the unity packages that make the system unusable for me and replaced panels with AWN. sudo apt-get remove unity unity-asset-pool ...
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Unity doesn't load - no Launcher or Dash appears [closed]

I am using 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my simple Desktop-PC (3GHz Intel P4, 1GB RAM, Intel inbuilt Graphics, and NO extra graphic-card) so nothing to worry about graphic like nvidia etc. Here is ...
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Install CDE on Ubuntu

Is it possible that I can I install CDE through apt-get on Ubuntu 14.04 64-Bit? I am really desperate. Thank you.
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Lubuntu 14.x - no create link or shortcut menu on right click

I have to use good old ln -s command to create a desktop short cut. I am on Lubuntu 14.x running LXDE There is no right click menu on the folder tree that means : right click --> create desktop ...
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Ubuntu keeps crashing very frequently, couldn't find cause as well as solution

I have installed ubuntu 14.04 before 8-10 days. At that time, it was running so smooth and fast. But then I wanted to try gnome desktop and so I installed gnome-shell, ubuntu-gnome-desktop. I didn't ...
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KDE theme messing up while running GNOME

I am running an Ubuntu fork (14.04) which brings GNOME, KDE, and Unity by default. GNOME and Unity get on well, but KDE doesn't really. Whenever I start a GNOME session, right-clicking on some apps ...
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Why these smudges happening on my desktop?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. After a while of using it, the screens will have rubbish and smudges as in the pic. Here is my card info and driver: lspci | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible ...
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Wallpaper is not changing and right click does not work on desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

Sorry if this question is already answered in some links; but I have already searched so much to find solution to my problem. Recently I installed gnome-shell and ubuntu-gnome-desktop to try gnome. I ...
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What is a desktop environment, session and shell?

This is how all happened. I was trying to search good screen recorder and found on some website that recordMyDesktop will work well under GNOME *Shell. So I tried searching in google "how to find ...
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Ubuntu Server / desktop?

I'm new in the world of Ubuntu and I have some questions... I have a server at my home and I would like host some websites myself. I see there are ubuntu server but with this version is verry hard ...
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How to perform unattended installations of Ubuntu Desktop?

I know that there is a lot of information about headless and unattended installation of Ubuntu servers. But I need to install the desktop version of Trusty on a lot of machines and I would like to ...
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Installing full Linux on android

I want to get full Linux with GUI and desktop on my android tab (rooted). I heard about apps called " Linux deploy" and "Complete Linux installer". However I have a few doubts : 1) Is it possible to ...
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Installing Desktop Environment, (machine offline)

I tried updating my machine, to Ubuntu 13.10. After update, when I restarted my machine, there was no GUI (no login screen), but I could access terminal, and see my files and folders. Tried various ...
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Lubuntu desktop manager not found

I am having problems managing my desktop manager with Lubuntu. When I try to enter "Desktop Preferences" I receive the message "Error: Desktop manager is not active". I tried playing with LXSession ...
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“System program problem detected” error after updating nvidia drivers

I was trying to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode” error. I updated my nvidia drivers and also reinstalled ubuntu-desktop. Somehow I reached to the login screen. But after entering ...
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Switching from Ubuntu Desktop to Server 14.04 [duplicate]

Ok, this Ubuntu disto was originally installed as Ubuntu Server 12.04. Along the line, someone thought it was a good idea to install ubuntu-desktop. It has since been upgraded to 14.04 LTS and remains ...
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change desktop configuration

I want to change my desktop to look and work like ubuntu 10. There were icons across the ?title bar? at the top of the desktop where you could choose applications, system, files & folders. I just ...
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Broken ubuntu distibution

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 as my main distro. Recently I installed several additional desktop environments, including: Cairo, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Deepin, and most recently Xubuntu. I always had ...
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Command line command to refresh GUI desktop, like when pressing F5?

Is there any command to refresh the desktop icons (exactly like F5 button does)? I need this because in Startup Applications I set a command to mount my backup partition and I've created a desktop ...
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Lubuntu Desktop preferences is gone

I hope someone can help me. "Desktop preferences" is gone. I use Lubuntu and I cant cant open desktop preferences. When I click, comes a error message: "desktop administrato is not active" I've ...
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Lubuntu Package Only Halfway install [closed]

How can I repair the download from the terminal? It was installing Lubuntu 14.04 when the terminal was closed. After that the Desktop only has a logout option and if I try to do any keyboard ...
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Can i install Deepin Desktop Environment 2 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I have tried to install Deepin DE from this . But it doesn't work. In this article they have used PPA from "raring ringtail." I want to install Deepin DE from trusty PPA. But I can't found the PPA. ...
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The Properties dialog box not working for any Start Menu Program Lubuntu 14.04

When Lubuntu 14.04 first came out, the Properties dialog was present for all Start Menu Programs but did not work when right-clicked on as nothing happened and no other box popped up the the Start ...
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Lost kde desktop effect after installing nvidia drivers

I have lost all desktop effects after installing the new driver of my graphic card. When I try to start it manually, I got an error and the details I got is : For technical reasons it is not ...
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Why my Alt Tab has become ugly? under Kubuntu 14.04

I don't know why and when it happened, but now, when I use ALT+TAB, it only displays icons of the applications instead of previews. Also, when I moved the cursor of my mouse in the top left corner of ...
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Add Folder Name on Desktop [duplicate]

I cannot get the title of a folder on my desktop to display the name. Is there a way to get this working in 14.04? This (from a Mac) is what I am trying to get to: This is what my Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Why is Lubuntu default desktop environment

So I just wanted to try things out on 14.04, so I did sudo apt-get install lxde sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop When I get to the greeter, it reads Lubuntu (Default) Lubuntu Netbook LXDE ...
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Gnome instead of Ubuntu default desktop environement

I've created a new standard use account, but it logs in only in GNOME. How can I change to Ubuntu default desktop environment? The old user works fine.
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How to manage the icons in the top bar (14.04 & metacity)

I've installed VirtualBox and this icon appeared in the desktop top bar. I now how to add icons with drag & drop but how to remove one? When trying to drap&drop it in the destop trash ...
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How to restore accidentally deleted /usr/share/applications folder?

I was going to delete a desktop shortcut but I accidentally deleted all even folder itself. Now when I log in, it just show wallpaper.Is there any way to back?
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Enable seamless mode for kalilinux

I'am in ubuntu 14.04 , Windows 2012 work fine with seamless mode in virtualbox but Kalilinux the seamless mode is disable. i had install Guest Additions and enable 3d and 2d acceleration.
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Ubuntu 14.04 Unity got slow during the last couple of updates

I've been using Ubuntu since 12.04 and have not really experienced any issues until a couple of weeks ago when my PC got really slow and all software as well. Switching workspaces is more of a lagfest ...
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I want to try out an alternative DE on 14.04 but am skeptical [closed]

Unity is good and fine, and does it's job (my machine running Ubuntu is simply my personal computer, no programming or anything being done) but sometimes it leaves a little to be desired. I have ...
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Ubuntu: Xfce or Lxde? [duplicate]

Which one is the faster and will I get all the features of Ubuntu on them? I've done a little homework too on it, I think xfce will be the better option. My pc specs aren't good enough to handle ...
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How to add linux mint desktop to ubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

Hi I just want to ask what are the commands to be typed in the terminal to add Cinnamon(linux mint desktop) to the list of UI in the Ubuntu 14.04 login? I just recently upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.10 ...
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Different wallpapers on different desktops [duplicate]

How to set different wallpapers on different desktops (workspaces)? Why is this option disabled,by default, in Ubuntu?
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Cairo-Dock crashed my Unity desktop, is this possible?

I'm still new to using Ubuntu and learning more and more each day. The other day I formatted my hard drive and wiped the Windows 8 partition (never use it) and re-installed my Ubuntu install to start ...
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Difference between gnome-shell & ubuntu-gnome-desktop

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (32-bit). Now I want to install Gnome Desktop Environment (without removing unity). I know I can install by following command: sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ...
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Deepin unable to login

I tried to install Deep in from here. While it was doing the install, the software asked for some options to configure. Instead of reading them I just pressed Esc. So I think thats a mistake I made. ...
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Xubuntu and Xubuntu-desktop

Is Ubuntu+Xubuntu-desktop exactly the same as installing Xubuntu from the ISO? If not, what are the differences?
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How to align desktop icons with consistent icon sizes and short file names?

There was a previous question similar to this - but no answers. I find it very annoying that the icons on the desktop are not aligned in a proper grid. The icon sizes are not consistent and longer ...
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What are the risks if install a secondary desktop environment / interface on my ubuntu? [closed]

I know I can install different desktop UIs on Ubuntu, but I am concerned because I read that there are sometimes risks like when the config files for one desktop environment are corrupted or modified ...
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Desktop not working Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I'm using Unity for quite some time now but for the past few days now I do not see anything on my Desktop, Unity itself seems to be working fine, my Launcher still works and my top-bar works fine as ...
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why is gdm not starting automatically?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with all updates. At some point I experienced some trouble with LightDm, so after reading up on AskUbuntu I switched to GDM. No problems, except that I cannot get GDM to ...