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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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 ...
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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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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 to enable desktop effects in VMware?

I am using VMware Workstation 7. I have the VMware tools and 3D acceleration enabled but when I try to enable desktop effects I get the message "Desktop effects could not be enabled". I have an Nvidia ...
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How to start different Desktop Environments?

Suppose I have ubuntu desktop and installed xubuntu desktop and want to try it, how do I start it? Is it any different if I want to try lxde? I reverted my virtual box to when I dont have a GUI then ...
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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 can I make Ubuntu/GNOME look better i.e more smaller and compact?

I like Ubuntu and I don't use Windows except at office but I have always felt that every thing in Ubuntu/Gnome is a bit bigger than it should be i.e the fonts, desktop icons, the window borders and ...
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1answer
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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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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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Lubuntu as an official derivative of Ubuntu

The four main desktop environments are GNOME, KDE, XFCE and LXDE. While Kubuntu and Xubuntu are considered official derivatives of Ubuntu, Lubuntu is not. Why is that so? Update: Lubuntu has gained ...
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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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Getting Ubuntu Minimal + LXDE to automount USB drives

I am trying to get Ubuntu Minimal +_ LXDE to auto mount my USB drives. Currently I need to do pmount /dev/sdb1 manually. Also I have LXDE > Preferences > Automount all checked
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Two work space in a single monitor? [closed]

I have a lcd monitor, i want to view two workpaces together in the single monitor. simply said i want two split my monitor into two workspace all the time. Any ideas people? I've seen compiz showing ...
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Pros and Cons of Unity desktop environment [closed]

I have just upgraded to 11.04 that is why wanted to know your opinions about pros and cons of unity desktop environment. Thank you
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How to use word hyperlinks?

When I open word document in Open Office I have link like this https://somehome/someword.doc#SOME_SECTION I think it should work that when I click on the link its forwarded to SOME_SECTION in that ...