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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 ...
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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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lightweight window manager/desktop environment similar to Unity

I am looking for a lightweight window manager/desktop environment similar to Unity, but not Unity/Unity-2D GNOME or KDE. Specifically, I'm looking for something light with the following features: ...
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Will I be able to install Ubuntu TV as a shell? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ubuntu TV and different desktop environments So how is Ubuntu TV going to be used? I guess it won't be just an application since it will be used as an entire shell on ...
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How can I make Ubuntu look like Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”?

I really like the simple look of Debian's interface. What desktop environment is it? Is it easy to replicate?
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Will Ubuntu TV be offered in different desktop environments?

Will Ubuntu TV run on all available desktop environments? Which environments will Ubuntu TV run at?
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How to log out with a command in a gnome-less environment?

I installed various window managers (Awesome, dwm, etc.) from which I am not able to log out back to the login screen (gnome-session) in order to switch to another window manager. I need to reboot to ...
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What is the difference between Ubuntu+XFCE and Xubuntu?

There are many derivatives to Ubuntu, of which Xubuntu is one, using XFCE as a desktop environment. One can install Xubuntu directly from an ISO or install XFCE as an alternative session on Ubuntu. I ...
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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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panel encountered a problem while loading "Clock Applet Factory:: ClockApplet

I am facing the error in above snapshot frequently on my system. What is a solution for this all my tool bar and related icons disappear after this in panel.
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How do I install MATE (the desktop environment)?

I have seen several youtube videos that are showing MATE (The Gnome 2.x fork) installed in 11.10. How can I install it to test it out in 11.10 and above. If it helps the only sources I know of are: ...
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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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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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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 there an android-like live wallpaper for unity?

Is there any program which can run a 'live wallpaper' like the ones in Android? I've searched quite a bit but haven't found anything usable yet. anibg looks promising, but it is not working in 12.10. ...
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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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How many Ubuntu users are there worldwide ?

Was just wondering if there is any solid data available as to how many people are using ubuntu. I was also interested in the attrition rate with ubuntu users, etc.
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Run a GUI program at startup on top of X with no window manager

I want to start a program on top of X after startup. I want no desktop manager, nor window manager, but I just want to start a single program like Firefox after startup. Is there a standard way to do ...
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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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Is it efficient to install X/Lubuntu and use KDE/Gnome applications

I often met people stating they want to install XFCE, Gnome or other desktop manager in order to get better performance. But as the conversation goes on, it appears they use plethora of apps from ...
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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??
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Why is there no lightweight desktop environment specialized for free developers? [closed]

Almost every desktop environment that has reached an acceptable amount of quality has structures to appear good for most private users. The user's home directory has sub-directories like "my music", ...
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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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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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What kinds of desktop environments and shells are available?

This question exists as it fills a specific criterion. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on Ask Ubuntu ...
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How do I switch to Xubuntu?

I'd like to use Xubuntu in 11.10 instead of Unity, how do I install it and switch to it?
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After installing nautilus-open-terminal, my desktop looks ugly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Desktop forgets theme? I installed nautilus-open-terminal package to Ubuntu 11.04 (installed in Virtual Box), and my ubuntu desktop looks old. Please look at: How ...
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What flavour of ubuntu desktop should I use?

I have a powerpc, 800mhz 832mb of ram. Currently running Mac OSX tiger. I have tried Ubuntu 10.04 and it's way too slow. Xubuntu is also too slow for regular usage (gui elements lag a lot). Which ...
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System not reaching login on GUI

Yesterday I finally got around to upgrading from 10.04 to 11.04 (I'm very forgetful about such things). I did an upgrade through the update manager, first to 10.10, then to 11.04. Unfortunately, I've ...
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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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What's the latest, stable version of Ubuntu that doesn't use Unity?

I'm looking for the latest, stable version of Ubuntu that uses Gnome 2. As much as I understand, newest, stable version - 11.04 - is using Unity... and that's new desktop environment. Is Unity a ...
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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. ...