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How can I make “File Edit View …” of windows always be displayed at the top line of Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can auto-hide for the application menu be turned off in Unity? All my applications are maximized. But i can not see "close/mini/maxi File Edit View" all the time. ...
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How to install KDE for different user on ubuntu 12.04

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome 2D. I want to install different desktop environments for different users, there are only 3 different users, 2 of them are in soders list with NOPASSWD I want one user ...
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Can I force all new windows to mAximize? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to configure my system so that all windows start maximized? Maybe it will run by any hidden process (deamon)? How can i do it? Ubuntu 12.04
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Kubuntu 12.04 looks very bad on IBM T23

I'm using a Linux OS for the first time (Kubuntu 12.04) and I'm absolutely amazed of it. I learned a lot in the past few days, and everything works great on my old machine but the looks of the OS is ...
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How to create .desktop files and new menu without alacarte?

I want to do something like this: My folder script contains ten scripts, I want to create .desktop files and new menu under Applications called "myScript". I'm able to create .desktop with script ...
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How do i get the kde plasmanetbook?

Recently I came across http://www.kde.org/workspaces/plasmanetbook/ and saw several screen shots ot the plasma netbook .. I have been using kde plasma desktop but this one looks great .. My question ...
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How to remove unity and the default desktop environment of Ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you remove Unity? How to completely remove desktop? I have installed LXDE from Ubuntu software center,(didn't install the addons i.e. chromium, GUI login ...
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How to get Étoilé on ubuntu

Étoilé is a Desktop environment. I want on on my ubuntu 12.04 computer but how? Can you Please Help me With it.
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Installing desktop environments

I am not sure if it is safe to install more desktop environments. What versions are safe? I would like to have Gnome and KDE on Ubuntu. Last time I installed Gnome-full has broken my login screen and ...
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How to setup a lightweight keyboard-friendly window manager with add ons [closed]

I was looking for a lightweight windows manager with focus on doing things by keyboard. Most of the lightweight desktop environment such as XFCE or window manager such as Fluxbox, etc., doesn't allow ...
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Looking for a decent looking, battery-oriented desktop environment, with transparent panel

I have Ubuntu running on my laptop, and (especially since my laptop specs are a tad bit higher than budget machines) I need to optimize Ubuntu as much as possible to maximize my battery life. I've ...
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Unity 2d loading instead of Unity 3d at login

My problem is that after choosing Unity 3d at login the Unity 2d loads, Even though my graphics drivers seems to be working fine. Unity 3d is possible to load by following commands: ps aux | grep -i ...
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Is it safe to use the Linux Mint repository in Ubuntu?

Let's say, for instance, I wanted to try the Cinnamon desktop in Ubuntu. Are there any dangers (in terms of stability & security) in adding the Linux Mint repository to my software sources? Should ...
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How can I know if my an application on my desktop environment is loading other DE's modules, libraries, etc?

I read this question and it's answer about multiple desktop environments and how they might impact system performance and was wondering: How do I know if I'm using an "application which loads the ...
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Why doesn't Gnome 3.4.1 installed from PPA on 12.04 load?

i've just installed gnome 3.4.1 on my ubuntu 12.04, but when I log on to it, as GNOME, the only thing showning is the background image. No icons, bottom panel, or launcher. Nothing at all. I've read ...
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Is it possible to logout to any other DE without close any running application?

Refer to my title, is it possible to do that? Let say im on Unity with running VPS on Virtual Box, but i want to switch to Gnome without shutdown my VPS and run back on Gnome. Is it possible? Please ...
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Do apps designed for a different desktop environment (GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, …) break?

Is it true that each app is designed for its own desktop environment (like GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, etc.)? If I try to use an app that's made for a different desktop than I'm using (like using a GNOME app ...
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I'm stuck on User Defined Session destop environment

I just installed Ubuntu for the first time dual boot so I get to choose Ubuntu or windows. I then changed the setting where is doesn't ask for my password when booting up. I then installed Edubuntu ...
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How do I install dwm on ubuntu

I would like to know how I can easily install dwm window manager on Ubuntu. It would not matter if you only know how to install awesome window manager as they are alike and I like them both. It does ...
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How to install and enable GNOME shell? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME Shell? I wanted to install GNOME Shell 3.4 on my Ubuntu system. I tried running a lot of commands I found on a blog, ...
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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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Uninstall ubuntu-desktop with unity, gnome etc

I've installed Ubuntu 11.10, but I was not happy with Unity, so I switched to Gnome 3 (classic). This was also not the best for me, so I've tried LXDE. Again was not exactly, what I'm looking for. So ...
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LightDM run desktop for one session “This session Only”

I sometimes experiment with many different desktop environments, some of which can be unstable. I have had a few times where I needed to drop into root shell, disable auto login, then log into my ...
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How to safely try KDE?

There's a way to safely try KDE on top of an Ubuntu installation, keeping the possibility to revert the changes in case I dislike how it runs?
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How to make multiple DEs less messy? Specifically KDE on Ubuntu

On one of my laptops, I installed all of the popular DEs because I like to experiment with them. I have Unity, GNOME Shell, KDE, and xfce all installed. It seems that KDE and GNOME don't "get ...
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Is it possible to get the menuing system in (top of screen) 10.04 back after upgrading? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to access “Applications” menu in Ubuntu Unity Desktop I was changing machines and decided to upgrade from 10.04 to 11.10. The desktop changed ...
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How to find out the name desktop manager package running on my ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Determine what window manager or desktop is running? I had an issue with my mouse pointer (touchpad) getting stuck frequently. In order to report that as a bug, I wanted ...
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Trying to go from Edubuntu to Ubuntu

Recently upgraded to 12.04 however the problem started before that. I hoped that upgrading would solve the problem I created. Granted, I'm not sure how I created the problem. :-) Some time ago I ...
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Is there any way to install a different GUI on 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to revert to GNOME Classic? What different desktop environments and shells are available? Having switched from 10.10 to 12.04, I find the new GUI confusing and ...
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32bit vs 64bit on desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit and which should I choose? My cpu is Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8200 which, by Intel page support 64bit. I went to the download ...
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Look for a tiling window manager, 2D, enabling shortcuts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a shortcut to tile windows to left or right side of the screen? I am still struggling in looking for a tiling window manager. What I need is not complicated, I ...
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How to start xmonad?

I am under GNOME, and a Ubuntu 11.10 as virtual machine, which does not enable 3D accelaration. I just downloaded xmonad via software center. I guess the first step is to replace the current window ...
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3D acceleration is not possible for Ubuntu as virtual machine by VMware Fusion?

I have installed VMware Fusion 4.1.2 in my MacBook Pro, and installed Ubuntu 11.10 as a virtual machine. I have tried to enable the 3d acceleration, via Virtual Machine -> Settings -> Display ...
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Making gnome-shell default [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins? Any way to make gnome-shell as default window manager other than adding gnome-shell --replace' with in ...
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Do changes made on Gnome Classic affect Ubuntu Desktop?

At my logon panel I can see these: Gnome, Gnome Classic, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 2D. I want to know if any change I made on Gnome Classic will affect Ubuntu? Actually I intend to install some kool Gnome ...
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How to change the badges for the xsessions in LightDM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change circular icon to indicate chosen session in unity-greeter (lightdm) In LightDM, the sessions now display a "badge" with a logo for the xsessions, but badges ...
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How do I prevent Ubuntu gradually slowing down to a stop?

I really do not know what is causing the problem of my desktop environment (D.E.) gradually slowing down. It seems to happen in Gnome 3.2, LXDE, XFCE, and KDE. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and this ...
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Desktop environment alternatives for laptops [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What different DE's and shells are available? Which desktop environments are better to install in a laptop? . I'm looking for customisation, high performance, good ...
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DE-specific startup applications?

I want certain applications (such as indicator-multiload) to run at startup only if I sign into Unity, not GNOME-shell. I also want some other applications to only start in GNOME-shell (like Shutter). ...
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LXDM showing commas after username [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11 with LXDE/LXDM in the login screen, I see usernames like Lim Jiew Meng,,, (jiewmeng) Why is that?
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What different desktop environments are available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What different DE's and shells are available? I like to play with desktop environments and I know how to get Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Gnome but I don't know how to get ...
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How to debug a startup script remains active on my desktop with a blinking cursor until logout and re-login? [closed]

When login my desktop a startup script remains in my desktop and blinking cursor (shape is underline) left top side on the desktop and when I logout and login again it disappear. How to collect debug ...
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I installed Cinnamon in Virtualbox but it doesn't start

I installed Cinnamon two days ago in Ubuntu doing this: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:merlwiz79/cinnamon-ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon cinnamon-session cinnamon-settings But ...
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Unity3D loads all the time instead of selected desktop session

Every time I log out, and change session, select Unity2D and login Ubuntu is loaded, to what it seems to be in Unity3D. When I check in the terminal, that is confirmed. I even changed the default to ...
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How can I switch my current session between Unity, Unity 2D, and Gnome?

If I am currently logged in to Unity, is there a way for me to switch my current session to Unity 2D or Gnome without logging out and in again? I know I can restart Unity by running unity --replace. ...
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Getting Started with Developing Desktop Themes

From a development standpoint, where would one start in developing their own themes for the Ubuntu Desktop. Obviously, the artist would need image editing software like: Gimp, or Photoshop, via ...
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Best performance: Gnome 3, Unity or Cinnamon? [closed]

Which one of these three configurations consumes the least resources?
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how to type in indic language from English US keyboard

I opened libreoffice 3.0 (Ubuntu 11.10) and selected Lohit Hindi font in the fonts selection column. Downloaded the charachter map of English and Hindi keys as given here ...
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Is there a configuration that let's me run the desktop from 9.10? [closed]

Just installed Ubuntu 11.10 and it runs so slow, even with all effects and services turned off. I put in Ubuntu 9.10 on my computer the other day and it runs like a dream. I even find Ubuntu 9.10 more ...
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Most appropriate desktop environment for corporate desktop [closed]

I have deployed a few Ubuntu 10.04 LTS systems for small business users. It uses Gnome 2 DE and users are happy with it. With upcoming new LTS release I have a problem - default DE Unity is not ...