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How did I uninstall KDE in 13.04?

I wanted to uninstall kde-standard package (not confused with kubuntu-desktop) and all of KDE-related packages in 13.04. Seems lightdm shows too many desktops (because I installed lot of DEs) so Unity ...
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How do I install three desktops?

In lubuntu I could add desktops. I don't see that in Ubuntu. I am using the default installed Ubuntu. Thank you; Sherman
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Ubuntu 13.04 desktop background problem

I have a problem with my desktop background after last update. My Desktop wall paper looks like mosaic and when I open any window, the background keeps the trail of it. I've tried running in fail ...
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My desktop icons have gone out of view

I have just two icons on my desktop The Home folder and my Kindle. Until recently they worked well, However,today, when I turned on my computer, they had vanished. I checked the settings and it said ...
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Can I change my Ubuntu install into a different flavour (like Kubuntu)?

Can I convert Ubuntu into another form of Ubuntu like Kubuntu or Ubuntu Studio and the system recognize itself as the new form? UPDATE: After getting an answer and talking with people, I managed to ...
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Setting the Desktop colour - always black - [duplicate]

The Setting I am constantly changing my background image, but occasionally I'd prefer to have a plane colour like a light blue or white. The Problem I right click on the Desktop, select Change ...
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Replace XFCE4 with Cinnamon without Log-In Screen

I have a Google I/O Chrome Pixel that I've been playing around with Crouton. This is my frist real shot at Ubuntu and have made the upgrade from 12.04 -> 13.04. Using chroot I can run both Chrome OS ...
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No Desktop - 13.04

Before I start. I am kind of new to Ubuntu. I upgrade to 13.04 and it seemed to go well. But when I logged in I got no launcher or anything. I can right click to bring up a menu and use the shortcut ...
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How to make drag&drop to move files instead of copy on Xfce desktop (Thunar 1.6.2)?

On the Xfce 12.10 desktop drag&drop to move files into a folder would copy them instead of moving (cut/paste) them. I tend to have many files on the desktop and usually I grab them and put them ...
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How to use KDE or Gnome hardware/network detection in another desktop environment?

I like to run light Window Managers, like Fluxbox, not for performance just because I find them simpler to configure and they fit better my working style. But having automatic hardware and network ...
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How to capture Code::Blocks screenshot

I'm trying to make some notes of Code::Blocks with wxWidgets. I have a wxChoice box on the screen. With the list collapsed (i.e., unexpanded) I can get a screenshot of the form. However, with it ...
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Updating to Ubuntu Studio

I would like to install Ubuntu Studio on my computer which has currently a dual boot Ubuntu_13.04/Windows_7. Surfing in the internet I saw that it is possible to upgrade Ubuntu to Ubuntu Studio. The ...
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Nagstamon doesn't show in Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm trying to do the nagstamon work on Ubuntu 12.04, but after setting my credentials only, the other setting I kept default, it doesn't show anywhere. I'm sure it's running 'cause of ps aux | grep ...
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Setting the same theme across desktop environments

I'm currently running 13.04 Gnome-Shell. It's customised just the way I like it. However, when I switch to Unity, the desktop looks really ugly - a real mess! How can I set one DE to look the way I ...
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Switch desktop without sign out

I have multiple desktop environments installed, like kubuntu-desktop, lubuntu-desktop. Also I need to switch between these desktops frequently. So is there any possible way that I don't need to log ...
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13.04 desktop suddenly disappeared

I have seen an answer from version 12 to try unity --reset but when I try this, it's deprecated I was able to run ccsm, but I don't know what to do to get back the bar, and the menu. Equally ...
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Cinnamon stops working on ubuntu 13.04 [closed]

I upgraded from 12.10 to 13.04 and cinnamon stops working. When I load cinnamon it only displays a slow responding cursor over a black screen. And the desktop never loads. So (for getting access to ...
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How do I set the position of a Cinnamon desklet?

I'm using Cinnamon 1.8 and tried out it's native desklets. But neither could I figure out myself nor find any documentation on how a desklet's position is defined.
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How to enable workspace switching selecting app in unity bar?

Before upgrade to 13.04 when I selected an application icon in the Unity Bar the desktop changed to the workspace in wich that app window was? Now I can't do it. How can I enable this option again?
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How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows”? [duplicate]

How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows” in 13.04? By unity revamped / like, please not batch files. I want to go into ccsm and enable it like in 11.10 or 12.04 with unity revamped. I don't ...
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QQ - small, unidentifiable icons on desktop

Running QQ with Nautilus. Display is 1280 x 1024 - ViewSonic, recognized by QQ. When I put a file or folder on the desktop, the icon is incredibly SMALL nearly INVISIBLE. Have to go into the change ...
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Installing multiple Ubuntu distros via wubi?

I've installed Ubuntu via Wubi, and I want to install other distros/desktop enviroments, like KDE, XFCE, etc. Based on WubiGuide: You can install your favorite distro from within Wubi (see the ...
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What are the choices for the Ubuntu desktop GUI and how do I enable them?

I am new to Ubuntu and have installed the 12.10 in VM on my laptop. I've installed the Vmware tools as well. However, the VM boots to the command-line. A few questions: What are the choices of ...
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What is the lightest KDE I can use on Ubuntu?

Default KDE is not running good on my PC and it's too slow. I switched to Unity-2D and it's better. Wanted to ask if there is a more simple, lighter KDE that would work better on my PC.
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Customization: Specific DE for specific User

Is it possible to setup? Suppose, I have two users: Home and Work. For Home I want to use GNOME Shell or KDE a beautiful DE. (Or something else) For Work I want to use LXDE or MATE as fastest DE. (...
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Refresh desktop icons

I have used mount --bind to mirror my Windows desktop folder to Ubuntu. I have set it up to mount on boot but the desktop does not refresh the icons so I have to logout and log back in to make the ...
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Ubuntu splash Screen is now a gear and boot speed is slow [duplicate]

I installed lxde, gnome, and a whole bunch of other desktop environments the other day, and now while Ubuntu boots, the splash screen is now a gear on a gray background, and boot speeds have gone from ...
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Will Ubuntu get an asset set to allow Qt applications using GTK style buttons?

Given the recent movement towards Qt as a primary development platform for Ubuntu and the underlying Gnome standard application set: Are there plans to have GTK style buttons available in a simple ...
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problems with unity and gnome classic desktops - how to reinstall and clean them

I have ubuntu 12.04.02 and I always use kde 4.10.1. Sometimes I need to switch to unity or gnome classic (with effects), the problem is that when I log in with one of them I can't access "settings ...
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How to become active directly an open app?

I'm wondering how do you switch the open apps.. what do you usually use to go directly to an app? are you using any shortcuts? are you placing the apps in different desktops and go to them using ...
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Is there any difference between OS version beside DE and support time?

I'm sorry if this has been questioned many times, but I'm still not sure I understand fully. what's the different between LTS and normal release? other than support time, of course. I mean, is there ...
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Lubuntu Desktop UI Alternative

Having gotten sick of Windows 7 Starter Edition for being so ridiculously slow on my Netbook, not long after I bought it I installed Lubuntu so that I could actually get things done without having to ...
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Where is the window switcher in ubuntu 12.10?

I just installed the new ubuntu 12.10. I also installed the Compiz Settings Manager because I like to customize the desktop a little bit. I really like the window switcher that used to come with ...
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cairo-dock has problem with lubuntu

cairo-dock visual performance is poor in lubuntu. My desktop suffers with black background when I navigate my mouse pointer on Cairo dock. What is causing this and how can I fix it?
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Applied maintenance to Ubuntu 12.04 (upgrade to kernel 3.2.0-39); after restart my desktop is not responding

After applying maintenance via Update Manager, my desktop freezes after a few seconds. There are two links on ubuntuforums that mentions this as well. Is there anything I can do to correct this ...
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Ubuntu: desktop sidebar is not appearing [duplicate]

I am facing an issue while starting my ubuntu 12.04LTS system. The launcher is not appearing on the desktop . I already used unity --reset command and applications -files but still i am getting the ...
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Desktop environment in Ubuntu

I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 that I wanted to run Ubuntu 12.04 on, after installing it on VirtualBox it was very sluggish and was using 100% CPU so I switched the desktop environment to LXDE but it ...
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How to create a limited use Lubuntu custom desktop?

I'm working on a project for a nonprofit cultural center. I’m trying to develop a limited desktop using Lubuntu. The idea is to provide a basic desktop, maybe only four icons, Chrome, OpenOffice, ...
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How do I uninstall the Chrome (OS) desktop enviroment?

So, yesterday I installed the Chrome OS desktop environment for Ubuntu (12.04). It didn't work (probably because the install was corrupted). But anyways, how can I remove it?
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How to make workspaces joined as extended desktop?

I'm working with very wide windows that are longer than my screen width. When I'm in my office I use two monitors (laptop + external monitor) and such windows are spreaded over this extended desktop....
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Does installing extra desktop metapackages increase “start-up time”?

So, in the interest of feeling informed about the varied desktop environments that exist, I've performed two apt-get install for xubuntu-desktop and lubuntu-desktop in recent months. I didn't really ...
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Problem installing multiple desktop environments?

I currently have Unity and Gnome 3.6 installed on my computer and i want to check out the KDE desktop environment. Is there problem installing multiple desktop environs on my desktop?
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Loading extension GLX : screen freezes

I installed Ubuntu Server edition 12.10 on a server (with 16 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk). The installation was successful, after which I tried installing GUI using the below command sudo apt-get ...
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A simple 4 desktop KDE

I just installed KDE, it has a LOT of options. What I want is 4 simple desktops that I can switch between. Each desktop should have it's own icons to run particular applications and programs, such ...
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Do many desktop environments slow down the system?

Ubuntu originally has several available desktop environments to be chosen during login (like Gnome and Unity). I want to install others like KDE, LXDE, XFCE, etc. I wonder if installing many other ...
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No desktop on new installation [duplicate]

I have just installed Ubuntu on a laptop running XP pro and there are no desktop icons....in fact, there is no desktop at all. Can anyone help? I am a newb where linux is concerned and I have searched ...
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How to analyze why “Try Ubuntu” does not launch?

I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop for i386 since I like to run it on an older computer which does not support 64bit. I successfully following this tutorial on how to create a bootable ...
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How to change working directory when open a file with double clicking on ubuntu desktop?

Wanted to open a file (.pdb file: protein structure format, never mind) by a double-click. The "open with" is manually directed to execute "pymol" (a program that open the .pdb format) with Ubuntu ...
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How to avoid in the task bar other Workspace application icons?

What I want is that when I go to ones of my Workspaces, in the task bar where all current running app is showed, just appear app in the current Workspace. How can I do that?
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KDE desktop environment alongside GNOME

I'm using Ubuntu and I would like to experience KDE desktop environment. I have installed KDE in full mode using apt-get install with no error but no further effects occurred. I don't know how to use ...