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Failed to load desktop after upgrade ubuntu 16 gnome

I had ubuntu 15.10 gnome and I upgraded to ubuntu 16 gnome. At boot the login screen appears as usual but when I login the display goes blank and the desktop fails to load. I have AMD graphics card. I ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 says OS updates are available, then offers no way to update

Am I missing something here? I saw a popup notification saying OS updates were available. But in the gear icon, there's nothing to update. There's no other indication of how/where to update. Sure, I ...
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Mouse works but clicks are not registered

Sometimes, lately very often when I try to click around window header or try to drag and drop it, it simply doesn't register my clicks. It feels like I am clicking void background. This issue first ...
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What's the difference between the apt packages: 'cinnamon' and 'cinnamon-desktop-environment'?

I have a fresh Ubuntu install and want to install Cinnamon as the desktop environment. When I do apt search cinnamon, I get multiple results, but two seems like they are the correct one. The first ...
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have installed lubuntu desktop without removing ubuntu's unity desktop. how can i remove lubuntu desktop completely?

I have switched to ubuntu from win 8.1 about a month ago. When i first installed 16.04 LTS on my laptop, it was running so slow that i was not able to use my computer. After some time it started to ...
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How to silently install Unity on 16.04?

I am trying to create a Dockerfile that installs Visual Studio Code, which requires a desktop, on Ubuntu 16.04. I can get everything to build and run except for the last line of my Dockerfile: apt-...
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Ubuntu with all desktop environments

I would like to have all desktop environments, However it seems there should be conflicts between them, specially between the default application each of them use. My question is: is there anyway to ...
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Gtk-Warning Cannot open display error after budgie install

I recently installed budgie desktop on Ubuntu 16.04. I was unable to control brightness from hardware keys so I edited a file(I do not exactly remember which one but can find it) and now, Ubuntu ...
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Ubuntu Cloud Images - Desktop versions

I was wondering why on official Ubuntu cloud image repository there are only server versions and not standard desktop images (with GUI). Which is the simplest way to create it? Thanks!
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No access to desktop in Unity for 16.04

I just updated to 16.04 from 14.04. Everything was fine. Just that there is nothing on desktop folder display in main screen. No icons, nothing. I cannot change wallpaper either. I have a few files in ...
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Unity gone in 14.04, unable to bring it back

I tried a few discussions before deciding it would be wise to ask here. I don't know when I lost Unity desktop. I had to bank on Gnome and Cinnamon I had alongside Unity. I was using one of these ...
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Run multiple GUIs at the same time

I know that Ubuntu has multiple virtual consoles run by Getty which you can switch between using CTRL + ALT + F1-F8 I also know that X server runs on the F7 instance and X server runs a GUI like ...
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How to delete KDE plasma desktop envivornment in Kubuntu?

I installed Kubuntu on my PC, but didn't like the default KDE Plasma desktop environment. So I installed xfce desktop environment and I really liked it. So I want to now get rid of KDE. How do I do ...
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How to restore ubuntu softwares ( including built in)?

I had run a command : sudo apt-get remove wine* . Then, all of my Ubuntu softwares had been deleted. Including Terminal, Libreoffice and other built-in sofwares. Now what should I do to restore ...
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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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PC hung no move mouse cursor in Ubuntu 16.04 [closed]

Sometimes PC hung no move mouse cursor hold.
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Can Juju be used for desktop setup automation?

I go through multiple Ubuntu Desktop (14 & 16) installs per year. I used them as application development environments so they get banged around a lot with little effort in trying to keep them ...
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Black desktop background , large icons and missing UI components

Ubuntu Version: 16.04 I had installed Gnome Desktop environment using sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop But when I logged out and tried to switch the Desktop environment, clicking on the ...
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Removing all other window manager/desktop environments?

Based on Switching window manager/desktop environments?, I installed gnome-desktop and lubuntu-desktop &c, but now I want to get rid of this bloat and just keep ubuntu-desktop. What do I need to ...
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Difference between lightdm and startx? [closed]

People are referring to starting a GUI Desktop with the command: startx When using the command, nothing works, just displays desktop without menus/toolbar. I use sudo start lightdm And it loads ...
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Why Ubuntu does not log in to X windowing system? [duplicate]

I have recently installed Ubuntu Mate. I used to log in to the desktop environment and it perfectly worked. This morning I started the system but instead of entering via the default login screen I ...
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Can't change desktop environment

After an automatic update of the kernel on my Ubuntu 16.04 x64 I've lost any possibility to login (login loop problem). So, with Mate env I've solved a nvidia problem and installed Gnome desktop. ...
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Can I run multiple desktop environments at once (via CTRL+ALT+F1/F2/etc.) and if so, how?

I am always interested in new ways to multi-task. I have learned that you get a terminal when CTRL+ALT+F2/F3/etc. is pressed. Is there a way to start another desktop environment in one so that I could ...
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Is the Jolicloud DE still available and what versions does it work with?

Since it was my first Linux distro, I'm nostalgic about the now discontinued Joli OS. I was delighted to read here that the desktop environment has been forked/ported to Ubuntu. That's a three years ...
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Can't change desktop background image on Ubuntu Studio 16.04 LTS

I use Ubuntu Studio 16.04 LTS, 64-bit. I've been trying to change the desktop background image and... I can not to do it! The system shows me any possible image (BMP, JPG,PNG, etc.) as grey files in ...
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Desktop icons keep rearranging whenever I refresh the desktop or boot the system

Desktop icons keep rearranging whenever I refresh the desktop or boot the system. When I arrange the icons by moving them with the mouse and refresh it, it'd be undone and rearranged by name. What's ...
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Emptying an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trash can

Yes can't get the garbage out from my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ( Ubuntu 12 had issues too! ). So (I login as a user who has sudo rights): 1st try right click on Trash > Empty Trash ... > Empty Trash ...
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Super confused between upstart and systemd

Given I'm running 15.10 my system should be using systemd confirmed by... $ ps -p1 | grep systemd && echo systemd || echo upstart 1 ? 00:00:02 systemd systemd But I have an ...
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Installing a secondary DE without too much trouble

I'm currently running Ubuntu 16.04. To keep my story short: I'm trying to play a game in WINE fullscreen, but actual fullscreen mode for this particular game crashes too much, so I'm running it ...
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Evolve OS (Budgie Desktop) available in apt-get in future?

There is this new desktop environment called Evolve OS (Budgie Desktop) that has a very interesting approach, having categories for installed programs, a searchable menu, a kind of quick launcher, and ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 wallpaper under black screen, after login (unity 7.4.0)

I'm tried to fix, but it doesn't has an affect. sudo rm -fr ~/.cache/compizconfig-1 sudo rm -fr ~/.compiz sudo rm -fr ~/.Xauthority sudo rm -fr ~/.config/autostart sudo apt-get install --reinstall ...
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Huge gaps between desktop icons when Lubuntu panel moved to top

I'm using Lubuntu 14.04 on my old laptop. My laptop's screen is broken. There's a horizontal flickering band at the very bottom, so I have to move the panel to the top (via Panel Settings > Geometry ...
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Packages to run Firefox window on a server?

I installed Ubuntu Server 16.04 and to test something I want to use firefox on the machine remotely with: firefox -no-remote When I try it I get back Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "canberra-...
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How to add Unity option to Kubuntu login screen?

I have installed Kubuntu on a machine, and decided to install a few desktops so I can change depending on my mood. However, when I ran sudo apt-get install unity, it installed fine, but when it ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Unable to resize mouse pointer

I come to you for a help figuring out hot to resize a mouse pointer on the OS for a disabled family member who is unable to see very well. The OS: 64-but Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop It's a default ...
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What desktop environments can be safely installed without effecting Unity

I have recently safely upgraded to Ubuntu Unity 16.04 LTS. I was thinking to install KDE and Cinnamon just for learning and fun. is it safe to install them and later on, can i delete them if i do not ...
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Can I install the all the software included with Ubuntu Studio on Kubuntu without losing the KDE environment?

I am planning on installing Ubuntu on my new laptop, but I prefer the KDE Plasma 5 DE and I am likely going to use a lot of creation software like that which is included in Ubuntu Studio. I don't know ...
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How to correctly install various desktop environments on Ubuntu?

I am currently running a regular vanilla Ubuntu installation with mostly standard settings (except for power management preferences and similar customisations). I know that different desktop ...
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Is it possible to have different icons in different workspace ? [duplicate]

Right now I am using Ubuntu 16.04 with unity 7.4.0. I am thinking is it possible to have different icons in different workspace ? In one workspace-01 I want all my graphic software icons. Like gimp, ...
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Is there any way to install latest LXqt 0.10 on ubuntu 14.04?

I heard it is the most lightweight DE ever made. For my Pentium 3 desktop, I guess this well designed new LXQT would be just perfect! Can anyone help?
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Why don't I get Unity as an option when logging in?

I'm on Xubuntu 14.04. I ran sudo apt-get install unity. It ran successfully. But when I log out, I don't get the option to log in again with Unity. This is what I see: I have tried rebooting. Did ...
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What is the most stable 16.04 desktop environment? [closed]

TL;DR I want to switch from KDE (plasma 5) to a more stable DE, whether it be LXDE, XFCE, Unity, Cinnamon (on Mint), or MATE (on Ubuntu LTS, if it is stable now). Those who have tried or have ...
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Ubuntu Boot to Application - have to log out and back in

I am using Ubuntu 15.04 on an Intel Atom 3815 processor (soon to change to a different processor) with a DisplayLink USB touch screen display. I have developed an application, and would like to boot ...
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How can I remove Gnome Desktop Environment without messing Unity DE? (Ubuntu 16.04)

I need to get rid of the GNOME Desktop Environment which has been installed by default when I updated my pc from 15.10 to 16.04. After a while, I found myself not only with GNOME DE, but also with ...
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Can a non root user split monitor using Fake Xinerama or FakeXRandR?

As a non root user on a linux box (kubuntu, local, no remote connections) - can I split a single monitor into several areas (2x2 grid would be fine) and run maximized/fullscreened apps in those areas?
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Ubuntu OS Query for old OS

I have an old desktop with 2GB of RAM and an Intel Pentium 32-bit CPU. Which version of Ubuntu should I use?
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why unity 8 not any work, Is it illusion?

I was install unity8-desktop-session-mir. On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and my pc is not touch but my problems: for start unity I have to wait about 2 min. and after start I have one window only on desktop. ...
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Is there a desktop environment for Ubuntu by which you can setup different custom DPI setting for different monitors in multi monitor setup?

I do not mean scaling that you can do by xrandr, but proper scaling of user interface elements using the natural resolution of each monitor, when using extended desktop.
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Are window themes on a Gnome, Unity, and XFCE desktop environment interchangeable?

In other words, if I created a window theme for XFCE, would that at the same time be usable by a Unity Desktop Environment?
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Problem with desktop manager after updating to 16.04

I just update my Ubuntu to 16.04. After restarting, I found that my desktop manager is not started. It just give command line interface. After I try to input kdestart (I have Kubuntu from previous ...