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Switching window manager/desktop environments?

In general what is the approach to switch the desktop environment or window manager on Ubuntu? The main difference between stock Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu is supposedly the use of Unity vs. KDE vs. ...
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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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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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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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How to install Pear Linux's shell in Ubuntu?

For people who doesn't know what Pear Linux is: Pear Linux is a French Ubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution. Some of its features include ease-of-use, custom user interface with a Mac OS ...
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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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What is the difference between the various Ubuntu flavours? [duplicate]

What is the main difference between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mythbuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu and Lubuntu?
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Is there a way to 'snap' desktop icons into a straight line?

I have searched here and elsewhere at length and found several good looking suggestions, but none of them have helped. I use 11.04 and despite my efforts to line up my icons in a pleasing & neat ...
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How to remove desktop environments?

I installed few environments that I wanted to try out on Ubuntu 12.04, but none of them worked at all. It could be that I installed them all at the same time, meaning the OS didn't get a chance to ...
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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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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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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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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 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 return the login screen to the default

I've been experimenting with various Desktop Environments, including LXDE, XFCE, KDE. I'm returning to Unity, and I would like my login screen back to the default for 12.04. I think that it 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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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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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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How can I find which desktop enviroment I am using? [duplicate]

as the title: How can I find which desktop environment I am using? I want to accomplish this using command line.
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Proxy setting under xfce within virtual machine

My Ubuntu is within a virtual machine. When I log in with a ubuntu session, the web browser works fine. But when I log in with a xfce session, the web browser does not work... I try to change proxy ...
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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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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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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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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 create a desktop environemt

I want to create a desktop environment for Ubuntu and Linux can you tell me how to do that i want the best easiest way to do that. can i use qt Linux embedded to do that if it is then i want to use ...
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How do I customize Alt+Tab behaviour? [closed]

GOAL: I would like to make the little menu that pops up when I press Alt+Tab to gain the ability to jump to a particular window by pointing my mouse at one of the icons. This is the behaviour that ...
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How do I remove lubuntu-desktop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to completely remove desktop? I wanted to try lubuntu-desktop so I installed it with sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop. But when I didn't like it I wanted to ...
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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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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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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 re-install kde splash screen with tty1 [closed]

I accidentally uninstalled the splash screen I was using in Kubuntu 11.10 and now it takes me to tty. Can any body tell me how to re-install the kde splash screen so I can login and use my computer ...
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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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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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Best performance: Gnome 3, Unity or Cinnamon? [closed]

Which one of these three configurations consumes the least resources?
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Unwanted Chinese language got set in system settings [duplicate]

I have made some changes in system settings, following suggestions by some users. However, this morning when I did a reboot I am unable to see English as my default language. My system is showing some ...
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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 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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network bridge - without destroying network manager

I have seen a lot of questions related to Bridge and network manager. however none of them seem to apply to what i seen AND want. I setup my bridge in /etc/network/interfaces. This works perfectly; ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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 ...