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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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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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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 ...
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Install Ubuntu One on *ubuntu

What packages do I require to install Ubuntu One on Ubuntu with other DEs? I can't use the regular Ubuntu on this seriously old desktop. I just need enough for the backend to function in the ...
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How to run a custom set of programs in a specific workspace?

I use several workspaces in order to have different context for different works. Therefore, I run the same set of applications in the same workspace repeatedly. And also I run the same application in ...
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Will there still be a separate Netbook edition after Unity becomes the default desktop environment?

After a long time of enjoying the bliss of ignorance I've been reading up a bit on the developments in the land of desktop environments. One thing I didn't find was whether there will still be (a need ...
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Where can I find a package for “project looking Glass”? (“The Java desktop”)

I really really want to find this package. Because after I saw the youtube clip I realized it's just one of those things I must have done before I die. This tutorial would be great if the repository ...
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Is Unity a Desktop Environment?

I read somewere that Unity is a DE, is that true or not?
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Is there one file that all Desktop Managers (GNOME, KDE, XFCE and etc) are required to read/execute when users login?

I use GNOME and it first executes commands from /etc/profile and then from ~/.profile. This I have found by putting statements like echo 'something' > test in all files that i could think of like ...
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The future of the Ubuntu family

How would the Unity path Canonical is going through regarding desktop environment affect the other flavours of Ubuntu? I mean official or almost Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and perhaps others not officially ...
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KDE, GNOME, XFCE, Unity, ad-nauseum… Can a GUI app run in X without any of these?

This upcoming Ubuntu move to Unity as its Desktop Manager, got me wondering where the modular line lies between a Desktop Manager and X. My understanding is that X is a window manager, and window ...