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Lubuntu performance vs new desktop environment

Before to mess things up, if I install a new resources expensive desktop environment on top of Lubuntu - example KDE -, if I uninstall the package will be cancelled all the processes related? In other ...
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Problems with most recent updates

I am still fairly new to Linux and Ubuntu, so I will apologize ahead of time for my ignorance. I have been using Ubuntu for about 2 years now, I am still learning coding and commands, and learning the ...
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Can you install LXDE or XFCE without altering non-desktop aspects of Ubuntu?

I love Ubuntu, and I love the Unity desktop environment. But sometimes I just need to do something fast and I don't need the extra flash of Unity, or I just want a different look and feel for awhile. ...
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Using MAAS to deploy graphical shell on office workstations

Would it be possible to deploy desktop images to my office workstations from MAAS? I would like to see a scenario in which the workstations have a graphical shell and some PXE boot KVM instances ...
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Whats the difference between installing a desktop from iso and apt-get? [duplicate]

So lets say I want to install Xubuntu. I can either go to their website and download an ISO, flash it to a memory stick and do an install, one of the options of which allows me to keep all my files ...
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Can I remove Unity now and how?

I have installed gnome-session-flashback and I love my new Gnome desktop, and I am sure that I do not want to go back to Unity, and as unity stuff takes up a lot of space on my machine, is there a ...
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Desktop woefully broken after removing python2.7

Accidentally removed puthon2.7, now I cannot run from desktop. The application bar is gone, key short cuts are gone ( e.g. t ), only way to login is remotely via ssh, or via Fn shells. Help, how can ...
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Diffrent sets of applications for each user

I want to try out some alternative desktops, see whats going on, but I have a annoying issue, when I install a desktop package I get all the applications and stuff that come with it just added to the ...
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Cannot get Ubuntu-Desktop to install after upgrading to 15.04

Hi I'm having issues after upgrading my laptop (up until last week I was on 14.04, and I started upgrading to 14.10, but things were broken so I continued on) to 15.04. It (the do-release-upgrade ...
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Is there a text-based window switcher for Unity?

The visual switcher is very poor at providing context. E.g. the browser window thumbnails are too small to tell apart, and often most of them are blank (see screenshot). Is there any switcher that ...
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14.04 or 15.04 for an ultrabook

I was asked to help choose the DE for an ultrabook. I'm considering the following ones for the time being KDE Gnome Shell Unity Cinnamon Cinnamon is shipped by Linux Mint, not Ubuntu, so we will ...
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Is there a way to open a new unity desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 using the startx command without bugs?

When I'm in text mode and I use the startx command to open a second desktop environment, it never opens properly on Ubuntu desktop running with Unity. The toolbars on the left and top of the screen ...
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Compiz problem no desktop

I was viewing Compiz settings and after changing the display setting I lost my desktop dock and menu. I rebooted the system and now I have no desktop. Can some one guide me how to fix this?
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unable to remove the lubuntu desktop environment [duplicate]

I'm using ubuntu 14.04.1. I installed lxde for lubuntu desktop environment. But it's creating a lot of problems for me, so I want to completely remove it now. I read the instructions online and ...
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Change desktop environment from terminal?

I have installed Crouton on my chromebook, with the standard unity desktop(Ubuntu 12.02). However, I wish to use the Gnome 3 desktop environment. I cannot however install gnome-shell, since it ...
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Unity desktop is black after using gnome

I installed and used gnome but now when I use unity my desktop is black and I cant see the files on it. Everything else seems to be working fine. I can still see the files on the desktop under ...
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Installation of a stable release of the Elementary OS Desktop (Pantheon) on Ubuntu 14.04

Since Elementary OS is a Ubuntu based distribution I think it should be fairly easy to install a stable version of Pantheon on Ubuntu (in my case 14.04). I have seen that many people have tried and ...
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System unity crashed in ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and many systems connected to the network, all system has the same problem. Firefox and Thunderbird are not working and not showing Desktop. Unity automatically crashed and ...
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Is it possible to use this theme in Ubuntu 15.04?

Would it be possible to use that desktop envioment in Ubuntu 15.04?
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What is the difference between GDM and Gnome-desktop?

As GDM is GNOME Display Manager but it installs the GNOME desktop also when I replaces it with LightDM So what is the difference between installing GDM or installing Gnome-desktop environment?
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No desktop GUI after broken package repair

So this problem all started when I clicked on a YouTube link from steam. It opened in chromium and muted all my system audio. I restarted and when I opened the pulse GUI none of my microphones or ...
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How to compleately remove the i3 desktop enviroment from Ubuntu?

I'm trying to remove the i3 desktop environment from the Ubuntu (14.04) login screen. after following these commands in root I had i3 installed; # echo "deb http://debian.sur5r.net/i3/ ...
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How do I prevent a GPU lockup?

I recently installed Ubuntu on an old Dell XPS 410. I was able to go through the install process without any problems, save the fact that I had no hardware to connect to the Internet. When I try to ...
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Can MAAS be used for remote installation of desktop computers?

I know MAAS is intended for installing cluster nodes. But can MAAS be used for the install of desktop computers, or laptops? How to proceed?
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How to install Pantheon on Ubuntu 15.04?

is it safe to install elementary OS DE Pantheon on Ubuntu 15.04 without doing any damage to the system? if so how?
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Setting up mail server on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04

I need help on setting up a mail server on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 with a web interface for sandbox testing, tried using postfix and exim4 and it does not seems to work. My main concern is to setup a ...
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Windows-like fonts in Ubuntu

I'm pretty familiar with Ubuntu and Linux in general. I use Ubuntu at work for software development. What always bothers me about Ubuntu is the fonts - I really like the crisp fonts used all over ...
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Installed Cinnamon on Ubuntu. Is it considered Linux Mint or Ubuntu?

I installed Cinnamon on my Ubuntu OS. Am I still using Ubuntu or Linux Mint when I use the Cinnamon desktop environment?
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open fvwm desktop in ubuntu14.04

could somebody explain how to set the unity-greeter select fvwm on ubuntu 14.04? In 12.04 it was easy, you just installed fvwm and it magically showed up as one of the options on the greeter screen. ...
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How to remove the TWM desktop environment?

I found the user interface of the TWM desktop environment boring and hard to use. How can I remove it?
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My sudoer can not login using GUI

I only have one sudoer and it can login into the terminal or through GUI terminal. But I can not use it to log into the GDM login screen. Any possible causes?
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gnome-session-flashback : Desktop icons disappear after opening File Explorer

I have been using gnome-session-flashback package for some time now and it has never caused this issue before but i have just got a new machine with Ubuntu 14 LTS on it and when i installed this ...
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How to delete all Desktop UI

I install Elementary-Desktop on Ubuntu 14.04, after install and work with that, I don't like Elementary-Desktop and Delete that but Unity to Demolished. I try for built Unity (reset, reinstall) but No ...
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Problem after Install Elementary OS desktop in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I installed Elementary-Desktop from here After install I log out and in the session does not show Pantheon for login in LightDM. Why?
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Running two sessions of Cinnamon

maybe this is a stupid question, but is it possible to run two sessions of a desktop envoirement at the same time (preferrably Cinnamon) and be able to switch between them like you can switch between ...
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Why does software differ from desktop to desktop environment?

I'm wondering why there are so many applications for the same purpose but for different desktop environments. Like the burning software Brasero for Gnome and K3B for KDE. Isn't this reinventing the ...
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display=:0 ccsm error

I tried setting the compizconfig manage and display but the display=:0 ccsm gives error message ",Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIES-1... could not open display....AttributrError: 'NoneType' object has no ...
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“stick” button behavior in title bar?

I noticed that in Xubuntus (Xfce) windows manager settings there's an option to show a "stick" button in the title bar of application windows. Out of curiosity I enabled it (moved from hidden to ...
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Saving Desktop display of 4 windows on my screen throughout reboot

Every time I log into Ubuntu first thing I do is to open up 4 small Windows on my desktop ( 2 on top and 2 at the bottom). These are shell windows, so that I could do work on a window ( like running ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 installs ubuntu 14 [closed]

I have downloaded Ubuntu 15.04 here. Now I have mounted it with win 8's default mounter. When I open the wubi.exe file, it prompts me install options like - installation drive, etc. In Desktop ...
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What is the best way to install Gnome 3.16 on Ubuntu 14.04

I want to replace unity with Gnome 3.16, but completely confused. Can I install Gnome 3.16 on Ubuntu 14.04 (I can't upgrade to 14.10)? Someones says it's impossible but there is some article about ...
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How to manage desktop icon spacing using terminal in Ubuntu 14.04

How to set custom desktop icon spacing using terminal or any other way in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? I want to reduce the spaces between the desktop icons to fit more icons into the desktop in a nice looking ...
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Firefox is using KDE oxygen GTK on Unity

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with multiple desktop environments (unity, cinnamon and KDE). However, after I installed KDE, Firefox began to use oxygen GTK when I am using Unity or Cinnamon. If a click ...
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How to add wallpapers changing throughout the day to unity? [duplicate]

In GNOME (or MATE) there was a "cosmos" slideshow. How to add something like that to Unity and how to control it? Can this be done without installing additional software?
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How to overlay a window translucently

My goal is to make a simple HUD I can use to keep important stats - i.e. server load, no. active users, etc. - constantly available. I can easily write a little app to scrape the data and display it, ...
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Basic Ubuntu installation with non-Unity desktop?

I'm currently attempting to set up an Ubuntu VM for development. All I need is the core OS with a gui, a file manager, web browser and text editor. I'd then be installing tools like git, a JDK and ...
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I cannot start even livesession of Ubuntu 15.04 (CD or USB) on Toshiba L650

THe new Ubuntu 15.04 and 14.04.2 wont show desktop even with liveusb on Toshiba Satellite L650. I try the fresh liveusb and CD on few categoricaly different computrers and laptops, and on each one it ...
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How to make KDE remember your opened windows across sessions?

This used to work on Kubuntu 14, 13, etc... but since the upgrade to Kubuntu 15.04, after I login only some of my windows re-open automatically. And some of those that do are not in the position I ...
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Trouble installing Elementary desktop environment on Ubuntu 15

I am trying to install elementary-desktop on Ubuntu 15.04 but when running sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop I get a slew of recommends/errors with this at the top: elementary-desktop : ...
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is it possible to make to run only one DE deamons after login

lets say I have installed KDE,XFCE,GNOME. What I am looking for is If I login into XFCE then no background process of KDE,GNOME shouldnt start unless I open some application with that framework. Is ...