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How to install different desktop managers on different tty

How do I install different desktop managers like Unity, KDE, XFCE etc in different ttys so that I could toggle them using CtrlAlt+F N, where N is 4,5,6 etc. In this answer I got the hint of such ...
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Desktop files moved to secondary monitor

when I hook up a secondary monitor (to give a presentation or something) all my desktop files are placed on the secondary monitor. I want them to remain on my laptop desktop, which is emptied when I ...
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How to edit nautilus side menu transparency and font color?

I've been trying to customize my Ubuntu 12.04 Unity desktop. I am describing what I've done until now to make it easier to understand what is my practical question. Please don't refer to it as too ...
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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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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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“user.mime_type” in desktop environment

Context Guidelines for extended attributes (FreeDesktop) says: user.mime_type: Sets the MIME type of a file explicitly. This attribute is documented by the "Shared MIME-info Database ...
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problems with unity and gnome classic desktops - how to reinstall and clean them

I have ubuntu 12.04.02 and I always use kde 4.10.1. Sometimes I need to switch to unity or gnome classic (with effects), the problem is that when I log in with one of them I can't access "settings ...
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How to avoid in the task bar other Workspace application icons?

What I want is that when I go to ones of my Workspaces, in the task bar where all current running app is showed, just appear app in the current Workspace. How can I do that?
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How to run two DE's on one partition

How to segregate 2 desktop editions (kde/gnome) installed on one partition using kdm/gdm to start, doesn't matter which. But not share the apps, bins or libs. I don't want the mish-mush of Gnome and ...
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Unable to change desktop environment in 12.10

I upgraded to 12.10 some days ago and now I'm unable to change between the environments. I currently have GNOME 3 (with extensions), KDE and, of course, Unity installed. The computer is a Lenovo G550. ...
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Sluggish switching of desktop environments in Ubuntu 12.04

Whenever I switch from Unity to Gnome Shell or Classic Gnome, it sometimes takes what seems to be an awful long time to get to the new desktop. If I remember correctly, one time it took over 2 mins. ...
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Nautilus not showing window buttons anymore?

So look at this. That is basically my problem. The file operations bar has it's top left buttons, nautilus no longer has them, I have NO idea why. Here's hoping one of you cool cats knows why. Thanks! ...
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black and white vertical lines in ubuntu 14.04

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 64bit yesterday in my PC. But today, desktop turned into striped lines many times and I had nothing to do except pressing the power button on CPU. Don't know why ...
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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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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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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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Trying to change desktop environment but stuck on log in screen.

Im currently running lubuntu and was trying to try out gnome. now im in the log in screen and changed it to gnome in the top right hand corner. I proceed to log in but the screen goes black and the ...
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Can't boot after 14.04 upgrade

Dual boot from 2 hard drives (win7, U13.10). Been running good for months (year?). Auto upgraded to 14.04 over night. Got up in the morning, and it won't boot into Ubuntu. It says it can't find the ...
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Firefox shows no text after installing cinnamon

I replaced my desktop environment with cinnamon. It is great except that the auto complete box in chrome and Firefox appear with no text at all:
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how to put system tools into gnome3 panel

I'm sure it has been asked before, but I cannot find the solution. I started using Gnome3, and everything is great. But, system tools has been put in Applications. I want System to be a top level ...
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how to recover a normal desktop in linux

I have a ubuntu 13.10. It worked normally until I somehow mistakenly turn it into terminal mode. I was trying to install some nox to my virtual box, and I downloaded a vm image package and imported ...
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Is there a hotkey that will force the autohide slider to appear?

Auto hide slider does not stay pinned to the colored slider bar on large archives. I would like to locate the autohide slider with a hotkey and avoid trying to locate the slider by moving the mouse ...
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Frequently slow interface on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04, .

About my system : Dual boot Window7/Ubuntu 12.10 RAM : 1 GB CPU : Intel® Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz × 2 OS type: 32 bit Disk : 50 GB Driver : VESA: Intel(r)915G/915GV/910GL Graphics Experience : ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 no menu bar

I have lenovo thinkpad T520. Just updated to 13.04. I can see desktop icons, but no menu. I can start terminal, but I cannot close windows, move them or resize them. Also, Alt+Tab does not work. I ...
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Ubuntu server 12.04 problem - switch to desktop or upgrade to 13.10?

We are running Ubuntu server 12.04, and we've also installed of the all the required packages (ubuntu-desktop etc.) to enable users to use a desktop when connecting to our server. We've encountered ...
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Removing remains of lubuntu-desktop also removed kubuntu-desktop

I've converted Lubuntu to Kubuntu by installing kubuntu-desktop. After do-release-upgrade I removed the remains of Lubuntu using the following command: sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove abiword ...
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Kubuntu Widgets in Ubuntu

I'm using Kubuntu, but by default my laptop has Ubuntu 13.10 on it. I'm wondering if I can get the same desktop widgets I have on the KUbuntu Environment on Ubuntu desktop? Everything on it I ...
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Trying to remove Ubuntu-desktop with tasksel returns “aptitude failed”

I am following this guide trying to turn my Ubuntu-desktop-installation into Ubuntu-server. However, I am having problems already in step 2. Using tasksel to remove/install anything returns with: ...
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Desktop Enviroments: Lock screen widgets availability

I use two awesome de for me (MATE and Cinnamon). Also I like KDE but not too much. But this question about not desktops but lock screens. Can anybody answer, is it possible to add widgets (like ...
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Desktop is all blurred! Help!

I'm in desperate need of help. I have no idea why my desktop is getting all blurred when I move things around on the screen or move between screens, minimize things, or highlight icons on the ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 : Logout button has gone missing

Somehow my logout/poweroff button has gone missing from the desktop, how do I restore it? Also I used to be able to select the WM to use before logging in (e.g. Unity, Gnome etc), but I don't get ...
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Tk/Tcl error on Ubuntu 12.04

I have installed tk/tcl on ubuntu 12.04 sudo apt-get install tk tcl When I executed wish I had a problem that all my window applications: terminal, file manager, firefox, ... can't drag & icons: ...
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No Desktop - 13.04

Before I start. I am kind of new to Ubuntu. I upgrade to 13.04 and it seemed to go well. But when I logged in I got no launcher or anything. I can right click to bring up a menu and use the shortcut ...
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Screen doesn't dim down to save power on Ubuntu 13.04

While idling my screen does not dim down to save power on my ThinkPad T430. I use acpi_osi='!Windows 2012' to fix dimming for function keys. On some days while the beta dimming to save power ...
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A simple 4 desktop KDE

I just installed KDE, it has a LOT of options. What I want is 4 simple desktops that I can switch between. Each desktop should have it's own icons to run particular applications and programs, such ...
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How to analyze why “Try Ubuntu” does not launch?

I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop for i386 since I like to run it on an older computer which does not support 64bit. I successfully following this tutorial on how to create a bootable ...
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12.04.1 Server verses 12.04.1 Desktop - Wifi issue

I spent a couple of days trying to figure out why I could not connect to my wifi connection running 12.04.1 Server but installing 12.04.1 Desktop connects just fine, what am I missing here? It's the ...
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webcam not working ubuntu 14.04 sony vaio - which avenue to persue. Seen several posts

I have a sony SVT1312C4E ultrabook. Running ubuntu 14.04.1 The webcam used to run under ubuntu 12.04 and 13.04 but with upgrade to 14.04.1 it does not. I have tried to set permissions for video ...
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how do I login when ubuntu stops before login screen?

So I tried to get rid of gnome-ubuntu-desktop but it resulted in that i now can't log in to ubuntu at all. When ubuntu starts the gnome logo comes up and the disapears and the screen continues to be ...
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My desktop it's freezing

My desktop is freezing sometimes and I must go to the command line interface (for example ctrl+alt+F4, not the terminal) and then come back to the graphical user interface to unfreeze it. I suspect a ...
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Window manager that's able to switch between windows using shortcuts

everyone! Tell me please: does exist some window manager that would let me switch between windows as easy as switch tabs in screen/tmux? For instance, shortcut+window index. Or shortcut+binded ...
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Restore original LightDM Greeter preinstalled with Ubuntu 14.10

When I login to ubuntu, I get a menu in the top right corner to load Ubuntu environment. This means that the lightdm greeter is corrupt. I tried to locate the lightdm.conf but I can't find it and ...
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Desktop icons and background not showing

I'm using Xubuntu and recently changed my desktop background to an image. It was working normally, then the icons disappeared and the custom background no longer shows. In the display settings the box ...
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accidentally deleted desktop folder, now all gui icons on screen default to /home/user/

I accidentally deleted the /home/user/Desktop folder and I would like to recreate this directory and assume the directories' old capabilities. For Instance, since the ~/Desktop folder was deleted, all ...
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Ubuntu can't enter desktop environment

My OS is Ubuntu 14.04, and I also have windows 7 on my computer. Recently, I used Microsoft Office to edit some documents, after that, I can't enter my Ubuntu System. I have installed Nvidia-304 ...
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Installing Ubuntu Desktop without a Desktop Environment?

Background I have put together my own desktop environment in Arch Linux, and I'm interested in setting up Ubuntu with the same environment. One way to do this is by installing Ubuntu Server and then ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 desktop environment does not load

I am running (or at least trying to run) Ubuntu desktop 14.04.1 LTS on a Dell Optiplex 760 with intel Core2 Quad Q8300 CPU and an intel 4 series integrated graphics controller (uname -a :Linux ...
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Mate Indicator Applet Not Using Icon Theme

I recently switch to Mate on Ubuntu 14.04 (It's the best Linux Desktop/Distro combo available in my humble opinion.) Anyway the issue is that I have been doing some customization specifically the ...
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Desktop is not visible to users log in to GUI

I have Ubuntu 12.4LTS and have installed Ubuntu Desktop. When the current user log's in the whole desktop is visible and you can maneuver around. I add another 2 users via webmin Identical as the ...
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Failed to start session at login after upgrading to 14.10

After being prompted to upgrade to 14.10 from 14.04 I can no longer login. I can get to the terminal and login from there. I've tried to reinstall ubuntu-desktop but it complains about missing ...