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How to dump all the manully altered gsettings keys?

The dconf Editor indicate the keys whose values have been altered by the user by changing the key's font to bold as shown in the snapshot. So I wonder if there is a way to dump all the keys ...
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Configuration changes resist to apply, and some other mess; need help!

Can't say exactly what might have done this, (I was trying Xephyr and removed some old kernels in my last good session..) but now I can see that some mess has been made. The themes don't apply ...
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Is /razorqt/ available for saucy as a desktop environment?

Found out and started to fall in love for Razor QT all over again. Is it available for 13.10? If So, how do I install? Guess, you can put that under 'not added-yet '. by this guy, apparently.
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How to quick switch between desktop environments in the running desktop session?

Is there a way to quick switch (preferably from command line) between one desktop environment to other; say, from Unity to classical GNOME without having to close any of the running applications in ...
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Software selection screen in Ubuntu installer

While installing Ubuntu 12.04, I am asked to choose whether to install these predefined collections of software, which are displayed in this screen: I am just interested in having a standard ...
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How do I fix black desktop after installing Gnome3?

I recently installed Gnome3 from following an OMGUbuntu link (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/12/upgrade-gnome-3-10-ubuntu-13-10) and it broke my desktop. Now it's black, I can't access the icons, and ...
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How can I as a root user manage folder owned by other users using ubuntu desktop?

I need to copy files/folder to a folder but that is owned by another user, infact a installed application by me. So how do I get the rights to copy files/folder to that folder ? I want to do it via ...
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Which desktop environment removes window borders/frames of full-screen windows by default (or easy)?

Another question lists a bunch of Desktop Environments. Because of limited screen space (1024×600), which of them make it easy to hide/remove window frames/borders/decorations (including title bar) ...
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Empty Desktop, Unity Launcher & Dash Missing

When I VNC into my machine all I see is background image with no icons or unity or dash. I can't even right click on the desktop. The Unity launcher and Dash don't appear either. This first happened ...
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What is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 13.10?

I am trying to find out what is called the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 13.10. Is it Gnome and if so, what version of Gnome does Ubuntu 13.10 come with?
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Is there a dynamic-multiple-monitor friendly desktop environment available for Ubuntu?

I use a laptop and like to migrate during the day from one (physical) workplace to another and connect to an external monitor if available. I also must multitask a lot, so I have a lot of windows ...
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Open application in specific workspace

I would like to have some applications always appear in a specific workspace. For example: I would like my mp3 player on the bottom left workspace, and terminal application on the bottom right one; I ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 server adding desktop environment

I am using Ubuntu 11.04 Server. I installed a Desktop environment to Ubuntu server for Graphical usage. I installed ubuntu desktop: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop But it only works when I have ...
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Desktop enviroments for Ubuntu [closed]

Does anyone know if Canonical will ever release Ubuntu with more then one (Unity, which is currently official) desktop environment like Linux Mint does (Cinnamon,MATE,Xfce)?
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How can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager?

Many times I asked myself: how can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager? There are listed a lot of them, but how can I create a new one? What are steps to create an Ubuntu ...
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Enlightemnent, window content upside down

I've installed Enlightenment with this commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vase/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install enlightenment (Ubuntu 13.10 (Unity as default), amd64 with ...
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Problem changing settings in desktop and programs in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I had Ubuntu Gnome 13.10. installed, but it wasn't very stable, so I installed Ubuntu LTS 12.04 in its place, removing everything from /, but keeping /home. Now I have several, but possibly related ...
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How to start X without logging in console?

My filesystem is based on Ubuntu server and I installed xorg and openbox on it. I've made it auto-login and auto startx, but when boot and shutdown, I can always see the root@arm:# or something ...
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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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Lightweight desktop environments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What different desktop environments and shells are available? light weight window manager/desktop environment like unity Hi I was thinking about try a lightweight ...
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Can changing desktops environments affect my programs/personal data?

If I install a different desktop environment on ubuntu, will it delete files or programs installed earlier? Could I use those programs installed with ubuntu if I replace the environment with xfce?
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autocomplete at desktop level

I often type the same words in several applications: Editor (emacs, vi) Webbrowser Shells It would be great to have an autocomplete of the words I typed during the last week available in all the ...
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13.10 cannot login to Ubuntu default desktop environment - must use GNOME Flashback or Cinnamon

On boot at the password prompt - after I enter my password I get some error popup which disappears too fast to see then it reverts back to same password login Greeter screen. Same screen has icons ...
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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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Why is Unity a “slow” desktop environment?

Background First of all, this is not a question about opinions. I am assuming that we are talking about Unity 3D and on a computer with decent graphics configuration. By "desktop environment", I am ...
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What window managers (or desktop environments) can group window icons in the taskbar like Windows 7?

I find it much faster to identify a window in the taskbar (window list) by its icon, rather than by its text: The problem with most window managers I've switched among is that they don't group ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 gnome

I am wondering if installing the gnome desktop environment from ubuntu software center will cause my whole operating system to crash? I know this sounds a bit weird but, couple of days ago, my father ...
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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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“/etc/X11/X not executable” error when startx

What happened I wanted to install KDE and Gnome along with Unity. I don't know when I installed gnome-shell on my Ubuntu 12.10, but I installed KDE minimal desktop just now using sudo apt-get ...
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Adding Icon-Counter to GNOME Desktop for Ubuntu 12.10

I am looking at displaying a counter or display a variable number as a desktop icon for GNOME in Ubuntu 12.10. I have a computer program that is running through a bunch of files and will likely take ...
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What are some Desktop Enviroments that are 100% open-source and touch-friendly? [closed]

It needs to be 100% open source It must NOT recommend any closed/shared source software Please post in the following format: Desktop environment name A screenshot of the desktop environment Why ...
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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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Ubuntu 12.04 takes long time to show desktop

I am creating an application by customizing Ubuntu 12.04. And i'm using remastersys to create its backup to be distributed, the customizations are, My Application (Java) installed Postgresql ubuntu ...
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Remains left after converting Lubuntu to Kubuntu

I've installed a Lubuntu Raring (which was the only ISO I had that would boot on the PC I tried to install Kubuntu) and installed kubuntu-desktop and then did do-release-upgrade. Now I've got a ...
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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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Why does /etc/issue show me Ubuntu and not Lubuntu?

cat /etc/issue shows me Ubuntu 13.04 \n \l but I'm on Lubuntu 13.04. What is the purpose of /etc/issue? Also, what does \n \l in the output mean? There's also issue.net which has just Ubuntu ...
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Why do I have updates for Dolphin and Konqueror while I'm using only Unity?

I don't remember downloading a different desktop management environment (DM), so I'm using only Unity. Why do I have updates for Dolphin (A KDE file manager) and Konqueror (A KDE web browser) ? I'm ...
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How did I uninstall KDE in 13.04?

I wanted to uninstall kde-standard package (not confused with kubuntu-desktop) and all of KDE-related packages in 13.04. Seems lightdm shows too many desktops (because I installed lot of DEs) so Unity ...
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why no gnome session?

I have installed gnome-shell with sudo apt-get install gnome-shell and its successfully installed but I cant find it in the sessions list at login screen. what might be the reason ? Here are the ...
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How to organize many app icons?

I don't like to have too many launch icons in the Unity Launch bar (using Precise Ubuntu). So I put my most used app icons on the desktop. However, I'm now running out of space on the desktop. Any ...
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How to change view of desktop popups?

How I can change the color or view of desktop popups in Ubuntu 13.10?
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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a shell?

I may be asking a basic question for many of you. What is exactly linux environment ? and what the relation between linux environment and shell? and what the relation between linux environment and ...
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Unity works wrong after installing other DEs

I have installed the LXDE, KDE, and GNOME environments besides unity, and also their login managers. It worked all fine, but after a while, unity starts to use the LXDE icons in the panel at the top, ...
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Blank desktop after upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10

My system: 32 bit, PIV 2.4 Ghz, 1GB RAM, No Graphic Card, Windows / Ubuntu dual boot system. Two days ago, I did upgrade, which went smoothly. After restarting system, and doing login, I see only ...
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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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Clean install cinnamon

I installed cinnamon a while ago and didn't like it so I removed it (followed some post online to remove it completely as apt-get autoremove cinnamon wasn't very successful). After removing it, I was ...
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xubuntu's desktop behaves abnormally

My xubuntu used to work well but today it doesn't seem good: As you can see, only a rectangle part is available now, the rest space is grey and right clicking the grey part doesn't seem to work... ...
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How to launch the GUI only sometimes on Ubuntu 12.04 server?

I just installed Ubuntu server 12.04 and would like a GUI based interface, but only when I need it. I want to be able to launch the desktop when I'm trying to configure stuff (and can't use the ...
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No Unity, Desktop Icons (13.10) [duplicate]

After 3 reinstalls on my Dell Dimension 2400, I can only see the desktop background and the cursor. Nothing else appears. I have tried removing, redownloading and reinstalling ubuntu-desktop. I have ...
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Get kubuntu, Mythbuntu,Edubuntu,Xubuntu etc in Ubuntu

Hey I want best of all worlds and hence I want that i have Kubuntu,edubuntu Xubuntu etc in my single ubuntu installation can someone please help??