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After Ubuntu 14.04 LTS update, nothing works

Ubuntu updated and I rebooted. I get to the login screen and am greeted with incredibily low resolution, leading me to believe that this is a graphics driver problem because i have installed my nvidia ...
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Begining Development for Ubuntu (and Linux in General). Where to start? [on hold]

I realize this is not particularly a good question to ask here as it is largely opinion based but I'm not really sure where else to post this. Recently, I moved over to Ubuntu as my primary OS and am ...
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Switched to cinnamon, now Plank dock won't work

As the title says, I was using whatever the Ubuntu default DE was, and I had Plank set-up very nicely on the bottom of my screen. I've now switched to cinnamon and I love it, but the only problem I'm ...
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can i uninstall ubuntu 14.04 unity desktop environment and replace it with paper-gtk

I'm a Linux newbie... the first Linux OS I started using is Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS and to be honest, I really don't like the Unity desktop environment that ships with Ubuntu so I was wondering if I could ...
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Animated Desktop

Is there a way of getting a current way of having animated desktops similar to Enlightenment but far easier to set up and using movie files such as .avi Microsoft Windows 8 has Dreamworks why hasn't ...
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no gui just a blank desktop [duplicate]

I just installed 14.04, which went smooth but after logging in the top bar disappears and there is no launch bar on the side. Have tried re-sizing the screen, and re-installed twice but nothing comes ...
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Unity desktop broke after installing GNOME

I'm running 14.04. I've already got half way there. I've reinstalled ubuntu-desktop, but my actual desktop is still not working. No icons displayed, can't right click or drag, same wallpaper as login ...
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Does running the vanilla Ubuntu 14.04 with MATE D.E. installed provide the same reduced resource usage benefit as running Ubuntu MATE 14.04?

My girlfriend is running Ubuntu 14.04 on her entry level laptop. Ubuntu uses more system resources than some other desktop environments, particularly MATE. I'd like to increase the performance of ...
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How to access the user environment from a dpkg hook/application ran as root?

I have an application that is executed each time dpkg is called using a hook DPkg::Post-Invoke {"<path to my app>/my-app";}; The application needs to read the gsettings of the current ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.02 64bit login takes me to desktop wallpaper with no access to any desktop funtions, how do I fix this? [duplicate]

Ubuntu 14.04.02 64 bit. When I log in the top and side bars disappear on the desktop and there is no functionality. How do I fix this?
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I don't know the passphrase to ubuntu. Is there a way to uninstall ubuntu?

I'm trying to restore my Dad's computers to original settings, but Ubuntu gets in the way. As soon as I turn on the computer, Ubuntu comes up and I have no other options. Thx
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Unity default settings

Every time I boot in to Ubuntu 14.04.02 64 Bit.I have to run unity-tweak-tool --reset-unity to reset unity to its Defaults. This has happened after I install kubuntu-desktop and logged in to GNOME ...
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Disable The Function of Drawing on The Desktop (CTRL+CLICK(DRAG))

I have a problem with the CTRL+CLICK(DRAG) in the default Ubuntu desktop. I can't open a new tab in the browser by CTRL+CLICK, but when I press CTRL and then drag the pointer there will be a line drew ...
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Change Dekstop Resolution to 1920 x 1080

im using GTX 650 already install NVIDIA Driver Version 346.47 the biggest resolution only 1360x768 im already try auto, but not help in win 8.1 can max to 1920x1080 how to change the resolution ...
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Unified handling of hotkey definitions

There can be multiple places where global hotkeys can be defined: Key settings for window handling/desktop Settings for multimedia- or other special-use keys Desktop popup UIs like program starters, ...
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Ubuntu Desktop fonts are changing

Sometimes when I login fonts are like as you see in time: After logging out and come back they are in correct form. Here is correct form of it: Any ideas what causes this?
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Does REMOVING and ENVIRONMENT can make an old computer faster?

Not to long ago, I found an old Dell computer (Celeron, 500 MB RAM, 20GB HD). Since I didn't know that "lighter" versions of Ubuntu existed I decided to give Lucid a shot. Due to graphics drivers ...
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Ubuntu desktop freezes sometimes

After having installed Ubuntu 14.10 freshly, I still have the same error that I already had in 14.04 and 12.04. The desktop sometimes just freezes. To use the desktop again I press Ctrl+Alt+F8 and ...
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Any good information on HOW ENVIRONMENTS work in / on Ubuntu?

I'm currently learning (really early stages) of Ubuntu. I've learned so far that Ubuntu can be run with other environments on it. Could you guys please provide info (links or descriptions) on HOW ...
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Which Ubuntu desktop besides Unity can I drag rearrange taskbar icons?

I really hate Unity, so I want another desktop experience, preferably one similar to Windows. I have tried Lubuntu, Xubuntu, and Kubuntu, but why do these all feel so old? I cannot rearrange open ...
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Unity/Ubuntu Desktops loading up on KDE?

Sometimes when I log into Kubuntu 14.10, my first desktop is fine, but then when I switch to others, all my widgets are gone and it has the Ubuntu default background, and when I go back to my first ...
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Any file browser well integrated into Ubuntu 14.04LTS desktop able to open desktop folders in tabs instead a new window?

Double clicking on folders in the desktop interface of Ubuntu will open them in Nautilus. This is a briefing of my research so far: I have installed PcManFM. I like it because it very quick. However, ...
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Different (html5) video performance with different desktop environments

I'm trying to create a digital signage player with Ubuntu 14.04 on a Gigabyte Brix (2955U). For this purpose I'm just showing images and html5 video in a fullscreen browser. My current choice for this ...
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Help! Cannot login Ubuntu after removing Gnome?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I installed Gnome desktop but I didn't like it. So I removed it. After rebooting, I cannot login my default Ubuntu GUI. It just freezes. I also realized that the Ubuntu logo ...
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Windows 8 tiles apperance in Ubuntu

Is it possible to have Windows 8 - like tiles in Ubuntu Unity or other desktop environments,where your tiles act as links to applications?
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Creating an Azure Ubuntu VM with ubuntu desktop

I'm trying to install ubuntu desktop and XRDP on an Azure VM to be able to remote to it. I need to use it for a presentation. (the presentation PC is a windows 7 which I don't have admin access) The ...
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Can I run aura/ash desktop environment on a 32 bit computer?

I would like to know if there is a version of ash/aura desktop environment for 32 bit ubuntu based OSes?
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Unable to lock Ubuntu 14.04 desktop

I have been using Ubuntu 14.04 for nearly 8 months now and have been a long time Ubuntu user. Recently, I disabled the password for my user account and later re-enabled it. However, ever since doing ...
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Setting gnome as desktop environment in .xsession

Allow me to explain: In my new workplace, each user can log in from any pc and the complete home folder is loaded to that machine from server. The admins claim that everything we are going to need is ...
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How to check using the command line which display manager is running?

I am using Ubuntu and linux mint, on linux mint i am using the XFCE desktop environment,as far as i know, the XFCE is a graphical frontend to the xserver, but i am not sure, if the XFCE could be also ...
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Empty dashboard at every fresh startup

I am sorry if this seems stupid but I am new to Ubuntu and I haven't found the answer elsewhere. I'm working in Kubuntu 14.04 and every time I reboot my PC, I get an empty dashboard (no kickoff menu ...
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How to re-enable or re-install outer glow effect on windows edges and transparency effect on drag?

I recently installed Kubuntu 14.04 and available updates. Then I got several broken packages. I've already asked an question to fix the broken packages. Now I noticed that I lost some visual desktop ...
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Ubuntu touch full desktop

Would it be possible to take my nexus 10 with the latest ubuntu for tablets installed, mount the system partition as rw, and, by means of adding and removing packages, get a full unity 7 desktop ...
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How can I get the fast desktop back? [duplicate]

I had Ubuntu 10.10 running on my PC for a long time, and I was quite happy with the desktop performance (i.e. almost no lag while moving windows or shortcuts like alt+tab andctrl+alt+t all was so fast ...
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how can i clean file on ubuntu14.04 similar to windows disk cleaner,ie win system cleanmgr.exe [duplicate]

How do I clean files similar to the windows disk cleaner which deletes temporary internet files and downloaded program files and offline files. I could not find any similar function on Ubuntu 14.04. ...
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Pantheon (Elementary Desktop) not loading

I add to repository this: ppa:elementary-os/daily and installed elementary-desktop Next log off -> select Pantheon -> click login = nothing. Empty screen with my wallpaper.. Please help
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Desktop 'Padding'

Is there a way to add some padding to stop windows being completely full screen? What I'm after is 20-30px of padding around my windows so that the background image shows when I make windows ...
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My Ubuntu 14.04 just shows the desktop and nothing else! [duplicate]

I shutdown my laptop for the last time and it had run good, but when I turn it on, now, it just shows my desktop and its icons, also no short-key runs and I can just run software which are in the ...
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can't change desktop environment at login and mouse pointer freeze/ disappear

i'm new here, I'm on ubuntu 14.04 with unity and I've installed the gnome 3 desktop, but when i logged out of the account and back in (even if i changed to guest account and then back to admin), ...
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Chrome issue with Ubuntu 14.04

I have a bizarre issue using Chrome in Ubuntu 14.04 : when i wanna launch for unknown reason i found that instead of the normal Chrome launcher i found something else: You may say it's not a big ...
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How do I launch desktop apps from one installed desktop environment in a different desktop environment

So, I use LXDE and MATE, both working fine on my PC. I decided to switch to LXDE so I can make the appearance better. Although in MATE I was able to configure my Window Border colors using Compiz and ...
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How to re-organize my desktop environments? [duplicate]

I wanted to try out some different desktop environment other than Unity so I installed kubuntu-desktop using sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop then I didn't like it so much, so I removed it ...
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Desktop screen stops responding unless I switch to terminal screens

I seem to be running into a very strange issue that I cannot pin down or find the answer to, mainly because I can seem to describe the issue properly to search. Here are the symptoms. At some point ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 desktop stuck after update

I think that it is a very common problem in Ubuntu 14.04. I just installed it alongside with Windows 7. Comp. specs: i7 4790K asus sabetooth z97 mark2 16gb ddr3 eVGA gtx750ti 2gb I've installed ...
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How to remove Chrome OS Desktop Environment?

I tried to install Chrome OS Desktop Environment but it didn't worked from some reason. I was prompted with a message saying that there is some error, so how can I remove the installed components?
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How do I properly install the Budgie desktop environment on Lubuntu 14.10

I managed to install the Budgie desktop environment on Lubuntu using the same commands as for Ubuntu. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:evolve-os sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop ...
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Forcing appliation to open in the desktop that they have started

I don't know if this is a bug or feature? I have 4 desktops in my Ubuntu. I start an application in say Desktop #2 and then I immediately switch to Desktop #1 to continue working on another ...
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Updating /usr/share/mime/ breaks ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 14.10 and I wanted to run a .swf file using the tutorial here (the one with the check), and I typed in update-mime-database /usr/share/mime in the terminal. I modified the ...
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Cinnamon hangs immediately after startup: no interaction with panel and popup notifications

Problem summary: I installed Cinnamon and after a few restarts and configuration changes the panel does not respond anymore, same for the notification pop-ups. Seems like the desktop got the ...
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Ubuntu Desktop has changed appearance after installing tweak and Gnome

I have a recent install of Ubuntu 14.04. I just installed a few things as recommended to do on howtoubuntu here, and on unixmen here. As a consequence the appearance of my Ubuntu environment has ...