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Is “Mate” an available desktop environment on Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04 and attractive as on the LinuxMint 14? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install MATE? I am wondering if Mate can be installed on Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04 without any glitches and bugs? I have tried it using LinuxMint and it is fairly ...
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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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How to install gnome 3 desktop in Ubuntu 12.10 as alternative but not removing Unity so that i can switch on demand? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME Shell? Is this is the best way to change Unity to Gnome 3, will it allow to login to Unity again? (i love Gnome 3 i ...
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Completely Remove LXDE/Lubuntu Desktop Environment

I've install LXDE on my laptop due to Unity's disappointing performance. But now, I want to completely remove LXDE including it's entire list of programs that came installed with it. How do I go about ...
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Is it safe to download most desktop environments?

I tend to switch back and forth from different environments within the *buntu ecosystem but I was wondering if I could just install all of the Desktop Environments onto Ubuntu 11.10 and be able to ...
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Is it possible to change the desktop environment in Ubuntu 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What different DE's and shells are available? I just want to ask if it is possible to change the Desktop environment in Ubuntu 11.10 and how to do it. Thanks in ...
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E-Book-Reader Style Desktop Environment for 11.10?

Out of many desktop environments available around i wanted to know which satisfy my needs. I want 1) Quick Minimal Desktop. 2)Support for pdf and doc, No need of video. 3)Need wifi, no need of BT ...
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GUI keyword confusion

Ive been using linux for some time, and ive never quite got my head around the various keywords attached to the GUI. I think i understand the difference between the likes of KDE and Gnome - They are ...
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How do I install XFCE so I can choose it as the desktop environment at login? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I switch to Xubuntu? I am currently running the vanilla Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop. At first I liked the Unity desktop (the previous version I used was 10.04 LTS) ...
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What is controlling the desktop display?

I have two Ubuntu systems and in the course of changing configurations something has become muddled. I have disabled Unity in favor of gnome shell, the older style display of the desktop. Then I ...
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No GUI on ubuntu 12.04 Server after install ubuntu-desktop

I just got a dedicated server from hosting company and I want to use a GUI Desktop (Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 + x2go 64-bit system). So I did the following: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo ...
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Which desktop package am I actually using? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find which desktop enviroment I am using? I'm a desktop user and boot straight into it. What's the best way to tell which desktop package I'm using (both kind ...
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Are there any small GUI packages for Ubuntu?

I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 Server, but I need a GUI and ability to run programs like web browser. It doesn't have to be pretty. I have checked gnome and kdefull - those require like 1300 and ...
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Different users, different desktop managers

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 since it was released, and, as many, i "kinda" like unity so far, but, i want to know if there is any way to have 2 users, one with Unity and the other with classic gnome? Is ...
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Is there a Unity alternative?

I've been using natty since it came out now. I'm a developer and unity doesn't fit my workflow. I figured out how to disable unity (from the login screen) a week ago, but everything seems to be ...
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Can I switch between Gnome Desktop and Unity?

I remember in ubuntu jaunty I tried to use ubuntu net-book remix. it worked and it looked so great, but I had no way to return to Gnome Desktop. then I decided to remove ubuntu net-book remix but the ...
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Will Gnome 2 aka “Ubuntu Classic Desktop” continue to be developed after 11.04?

In 11.04, if you don't want to use the new Unity desktop, you can use Ubuntu Classic Desktop (selectable from the login screen), which is similar to the Gnome 2 desktop provided in 10.10. Will Ubuntu ...
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e17 enlightenment on precise

I have been trying to add enlightenment off and on for over a week now with no luck. I've added the ppa i find everywhere, yet no luck. every time I try to add i get this: e17: Depends: ...
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Can anyone tell me how to get the same Gnome desktop environment as the one in the photo?

I have been using gnome fallback for more than a year, but recently I have come across this image: However, when in virtual machine (new copy of ubuntu 12.04) I change to gnome 3 shell, the desktop ...
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Linux Distributive With Global Menu and UbuntuOne For Netbook [closed]

I like very much global menu in previous versions of Ubuntu. But Unity is too slow for my Eee PC. So now I am looking for some alternative Desktop Environments or Distributions where there is global ...
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Lubuntu 12.04 is a non-LTS release - does this mean that LXDE isn't, either?

Lubuntu 12.04 is not a long-term-support release. That's mostly due to a lack of manpower. But I don't use Lubuntu on my machine, I use LXDE over stock Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. So my question is: In the ...
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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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Policykit - E17 without LightDm: Problems with Webcam and Connection manager [duplicate]

I'm using E17 without LightDm ( it saves about 200 mb ram ). I manage to do that easily and now I'm starting E17 with the old nice startx and a .xinit file in my home root. my .xinit : exec ...
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Which linux distribution and environment displayed in the screenshot? [closed]

I found this picture on owncloud and I wonder what Linux distrbution / desktop environment it was made on. I see there's Google chrome and it looks like Mac OS X, but what is it?
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GDM and LightDM display managers not working for 12.10? [closed]

On my Ubuntu 12.10 Beta system, I am having a few problems with my display managers. LightDM does not let you go into any desktop besides Unity, and GDM crashes about 1/3 of the time after logging out ...
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How to test other DE in Ubuntu 12.10 live (alpha) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: There’s an issue with an Alpha/Beta Release of Ubuntu, what should I do? caution: 12.10 is not yet released but I was told it will say as is also when release happens ...
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How do I install KDE 3.5 or TDE?

I have a machine with low memory, I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with classic gnome, but I would like to install kde 3.5 or TDE (fork).
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Running “heavyweight” applications with lightweight Desktop Environments

I have always been running XFCE on my Ubuntu machines for its performance advantage over the other DEs. However I run my favourite applications on it which includes apps traditionally bundled with ...
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How to install Linux mint like menu/gnomenu in Ubuntu?

How to get the Linux mint menu or gnomenu / or something like it and install it through PPAs I don't want to use the tar.gz or .deb files to install it please help me (ubuntu 12.04).
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what is desktop environment and where is placed in linux architecture [closed]

What is the role of the desktop environment in the architecture of a Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu? Can anyone explain what a desktop environment is and how it relates to other components ...
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How can I install and use OBLogout?

OBLogout is a expandable, configurable, and theme-able logout script designed to be used in a Openbox desktop environment. This was taken from their Launchpad page, it was created to be used in ...
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Kubuntu 12.04: Change login screen background?

I am having trouble changing my login screen background. I can select the default wallpaper, the Kde-default one, but whenever I select my own custom wallpaper, there is no image, just a solid color. ...
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How to make alt-w close current tab, not current window, in Gnome Shell

I'm trying Gnome Shell, after moving over from Unity. In Unity, I'd press ctrl+w to close the current tab, and alt+F4 to close the current window (e.g. in gedit and Firefox). Now, in Gnome Shell, ...
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Is it possible to make all currently open windows minimize, whenever I open a new application?

When i open(not only running) an application, how to make the other windows minimized? PS It seems i can not do it with Devilspie. Thank you for your time. Ubuntu 12.04
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How can I open an application without making it appear (at all) in the Unity launcher?

I want to open a startup application in background, but i dont want too see it in common Unity panel at the left side. At the worst it will be at the task bar (where there is a clock). Thanks for ...
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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 ...