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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. ...
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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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Which desktop package am I actually using? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find which desktop enviroment I am using? I'm a desktop user and boot straight into it. What's the best way to tell which desktop package I'm using (both kind ...
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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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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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How do I install LXDE / Lubuntu?

I want to install lubuntu on my current (pre-existing) Ubuntu Install because of it's light-weight footprint. Can I preserve currently installed apps after installation?
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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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Is there a Unity alternative?

I've been using natty since it came out now. I'm a developer and unity doesn't fit my workflow. I figured out how to disable unity (from the login screen) a week ago, but everything seems to be ...
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Different users, different desktop managers

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 since it was released, and, as many, i "kinda" like unity so far, but, i want to know if there is any way to have 2 users, one with Unity and the other with classic gnome? Is ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Will Gnome 2 aka “Ubuntu Classic Desktop” continue to be developed after 11.04?

In 11.04, if you don't want to use the new Unity desktop, you can use Ubuntu Classic Desktop (selectable from the login screen), which is similar to the Gnome 2 desktop provided in 10.10. Will Ubuntu ...
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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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GUI keyword confusion

Ive been using linux for some time, and ive never quite got my head around the various keywords attached to the GUI. I think i understand the difference between the likes of KDE and Gnome - They are ...
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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 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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How do I install and switch to the Unity 2D desktop?

I read that there is now a 2D version of Unity built on Qt. How do I install it, and once it's installed, how do I switch to it?
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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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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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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager?

As the title says. I'm having a really hard time trying to understand what the differences between a desktop environment and a window manager are? EDIT: This is what I found out later. There are ...
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How do I install Enlightenment (E17)?

Has anybody tried E17 on Ubuntu, as an alternative to Gnome/KDE? How does one install it?
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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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Can I switch between Gnome Desktop and Unity?

I remember in ubuntu jaunty I tried to use ubuntu net-book remix. it worked and it looked so great, but I had no way to return to Gnome Desktop. then I decided to remove ubuntu net-book remix but the ...
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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 ...
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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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Is there a tablet-centric desktop available for Ubuntu?

I have a Lenovo x61 tablet PC running Ubuntu 10.04. I've got Karol Krizka's auto-rotate daemon working, along with a variety of other applications like cellwriter, though for some reason even when ...