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Change start menu position in ubuntu

How can I change the start menu position from bottom of the screen to top of the screen on Cinnamon Ubuntu. I kept searching this and did not found any info regarding this issue.
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What is the difference between display managers?

What is the difference between display managers,If I choose GDM over LightDM and switch display manager as sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm and choose GDM with unity and not with GNOME or chooses LightDM ...
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Ubuntu Desktop as a server. Should I uninstall the GUI? And if, how?

I'm running an Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop version as a LAMP server. Is a big difference between efficiency when the GNOME desktop environment is running? or it is better that I remove desktop and use only ...
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How to configure a second working area (virtual desktop)?

I use Ubuntu Studio 15.10 and WineHQ 1.9.5 and I want to know if there is a way to have two different working areas (or virtual desktops) with real two different things on the screen. I mean: I want ...
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Once you install a Ubuntu flavor (eg lubuntu) can you change the desktop environment?

Once you install a flavour that uses a specific desktop environment, can you change the desktop? I installed lubuntu on my computer, but I want to use the unity desktop. I installed it with sudo apt-...
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have two desktops, need one applet

I installed 15.10 of Xubuntu and Lubuntu. I like the weather applet from Xubuntu but I am mostly running the Lubuntu desktop. How can I get the Xubuntu weather applet to run on the Lubuntu panel? I ...
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How to update nautilus bookmarks after changing user-dirs?

I change the user-dirs.dirs of xdg. However, those changed dirs like the Pictures bookmarks are missing, how to make the bookmarks shown again? Thanks.
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Unable to mount encrypted drive at boot time

I am no longer able convince OS to ask me the password of encrypted drive at boot time. The drive in question is at /dev/sdb1 I had it working when I had 32 bit 14.04 installed. I did change the os ...
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How to build a live CD/DVD from scratch with optional desktop environment and themes

I want to make a live CD/DVD in which I can optionally select the DE during boot. Ultimatatelt I'd like to select from (or at least install and run with) a different theme as well in order to quickly ...
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unsuccesful uninstalling of elementary theme

I install elementary theme on my Ubuntu 14.04 but It couldn't choose it at log in page, it wasn't there. So enter thissudo apt-get purge elementary-os and sudo apt-get remove elementary-os after that ...
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Desktop recovery for Ubuntu 12.04

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. Recently I written a script to rename all the files in the Desktop. My script went wrong. All folders were renamed, but all the files in the desktop were deleted. How do I ...
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Ubuntu failed to fetch some files on install

When I installed Ubuntu on my Acer c710 it installed but immediately took me to GNU command screen and not to desktop tried to update with no success still stuck in command line how do I fix
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xbacklight and xdotool do not work on desktop Ubuntu 14.04

I have Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS on a desktop. I tried the following and none of them worked: $ xbacklight -dec 10 $ xdotool key "alt+r" XF86MonBrightnessDown $ echo 400 | sudo tee /sys/class/backlight/...
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repair ubuntu folders Icon

My Ubuntu folder icons are damaged. How can I repair it?
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Desktop envivornment switching from unity to gnome resulted in blank background with side panel

I tried to switch from unity desktop envivornment to gnome using the following commands sudo apt-get install gnome-shell sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop And the result is a blank ...
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Ubuntu desktop not updating

Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS with Xfce. My desktop is apparently empty which it isn't then I look in the corresponding folder for the desktop. Any changes made to the desktop background takes no effect. I have ...
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How to enable desktop environment

I just put on command line that to get straight into ubuntu shell. Can anybody help me to reinstall back the desktop environment? Below were the command that i used: sudo apt-get purge unity gnome-...
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installing Dash in Ubuntu-MATE

How can I install Unity components like DASH in Ubuntu-MATE desktop environment? I've tried searching the Web for this but didn't find any solution whether it is possible to install DASH package ...
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How to remove Xubuntu load/shutdown screen

I installed XFCE and then uninstalled it because I didn't like it anymore. I expected the loadscreen to get removed (crazy right?) but it's stuck there. How do I remove it?
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How to remove the `CPU NN%` text from load indicator

I just installed the ubuntu 16.04 alpha desktop and after an hour or so a strange label appeared near the system load indicator graphs: It definitely belongs to the load indicator application, but ...
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What files are ran when I log into the desktop?

I don't know how to phrase this to be clear. I'm not talking about terminals or shells, I know what the difference between login and non-login shells are. What I want to know is when I start up my ...
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where is the preseed.cfg file for ubuntu 15 desktop

Anyone know where I can find a preseed.cfg file for installing an Ubuntu 15.04 (or 15.10) Desktop version distribution ? I need this for creating a Vagrant box with Packer. Whereas I already a ...
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Ubuntu turns on to Black screen

I recently installed ubuntu 14.04 on my desktop computer, and everything seemed to work fine however when i ran the comands sudo apt-get update And sudo apt-get upgrade After my computer turned ...
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Installing ubuntu-desktop on Ubuntu 14.10 Server

First of all I have the following OS: $ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 14.10 Release: 14.10 Codename: utopic What I'm trying to do ...
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Missing icons in ubuntu GUI

I have been using ubuntu for several months now and I have never come across an issue as such. The following screenshot was captured and has applications without icons. The following is a ...
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How to set default desktop enviroment 15.10

Things appear to have changed from 14.04. Then, my last desktop environment was remembered and I did not have to select one each time from the greeter login. One user defaulted to cinnamon, another to ...
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Why is there an additional desktop screen on logout?

Using Kubuntu 15.10, upon logout when Kubuntu-Desktop disappears there remains all the contents icons from the Desktop Folder (widget?) on an blank Unity magenta-colored background. Then it finishes ...
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How to remove the bottom panel of Gnome Classic in Unity?

I switched to Unity environment and there is a bottom panel of Gnome Classic that is not natural of the proper Unity. How to remove it?
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Desktop for Ubuntu (14.04) that has horizontal launch bar?

I have been trying different desktop environments for Ubuntu 14.04LTS as I am not a huge fan of Unity. Is there a desktop environment that has a horizontal launch bar, across the bottom? The closest ...
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Display driver issues - Nvidia 7100

Machine specs. I believe these are relevant ones, but if I need to provide something else, happy to do so. Ubuntu 14.04, VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation C73 [GeForce 7100 / nForce 630i]...
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How to resize the icons of the desktop?

I'm using ubuntu 14.04 & I need to decrease all the icons size in one move, can I do it or I must resize each icon?
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What Happens if I Remove a DE *before* I Install Another?

I have a FS Amilo laptop with 2GB RAM and Lubuntu/Kubuntu (and Puppy Linux) installed. I'd like to remove Kubuntu and try Xubuntu. I was wondering, what would happen if I uninstall the Kubuntu DE ...
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How can I start LXDE right after installing it?

On a fresh Ubuntu Server 15.04 I ran (from a Vagrant provision script) apt-get install lighdm lxde After this, I expected service lightdm start to display the session opening dialog. But ...
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Showing all installed programs in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, where to see all programs just like the "program files" in windows, from which I can launch a program from a list of all program installed?
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Removing the default DE

Recently, I installed Ubuntu MATE. Then, because I want Cinnamon and only Cinnamon and Cinnamon is basically all I care about, I did apt remove mate-desktop or something to that effect, rebooted, and ...
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How to install a desktop on Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04?

I have installed Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04 into my Raspberry Pi. I would like to install a desktop, but if I try to install Xorg or any "ubuntu-desktop" using the snappy install command, it always ...
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Desktop not responsive after ubuntu-gnome-desktop installation (Ubuntu 15.10)

In order to use gdm instead of lightdm I followed the instructions from this post I could then use gdm but my desktop (meaning the background area) is not responsive anymore and shows the login ...
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scale monitors differently without everything becoming blurry?

problem My Laptop has a 1920x1080, 34.4x19.3 cm Monitor and I connect it to a 1280x1024, 37.6x30.1 cm external Monitor. Since the external monitor has a 30% lower pixel density, everything on it ...
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Problems with upgrade from 14.04 to 15.04, wifi and unity not working

I Did an upgrade from 14.04 to 15.04 on a Dell laptop. Now it does not load unity correctly, I can see the login screen - I login in and the desktop is seen, but no icons, I cannot do anything. I ...
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set up cinnamon from apt package

I have downloaded the cinnamon apt package but i don't know how to set it as my window manager. My computer still boots into unity. How could I make it boot directly into cinnamon using Ubuntu 15.04
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Ubuntu Hangs on Boot After Installing “gnome”

I tried installing the gnome desktop environment on Ubuntu 15.10 by typing sudo apt-get install gnome Now when I try to boot up my computer It gets stuck on this screen: EDIT I have tried ...
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Double cursor on ubuntu 15.10

I experiencing a problem with my ubuntu 15.10 A few seconds After login the login screen reappear and i have two cursors with a bizarre behavior How can i fix that
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Best Desktop Environment for Steam [closed]

I think my question is rather simple. What is the best Desktop Environment for use of Steam and games. I have had many problems with Unity in the past and there must be a better Environment. What is ...
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Some desktop environments don't work anymore after system changes (reusing `/home` in new install)

After some reinstallation/configuration/partition resizing work (I really can't say where the point of failure was, but see below for details), I ended up with unity not working anymore, a situation ...
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Cinnamon desktop-environment terminal installation failed

I'm very new to Linux: I tried to install Cinnamon and got an error about a missing package so I tried to install it's repository (which seem to be already installed)... So for some reason, I'm now ...
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Several commands for installing another Desktop-Environment didn't help

Very new to Ubuntu, I've tried to install two Desktop-Environments (KDE, Cinnamon) via several commands while as root user, after reading in Google how to do so but nothing helped... Here is the code. ...
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Recreate “Desktop” directory

I accidentally deleted ~/Desktop. This directory plays some kind of important role because now that it is gone all of the folders under ~/ are showing up on my accounts desktop. How do I fix this?
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Can't switch a Desktop-environment with the terminal [duplicate]

I'm very new to Linux in general and Ubuntu in specific. I tried to install the DE's KDE \ Cinnamon via the Ubuntu software centre, but I haven't found them there... So I tried to log into the ...
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Uninstall desktop environments [duplicate]

After searching the net, and trying several terminal commands, I am still unable to uninstall the desktop environments represented in the picture below: I would like to uninstall all desktop ...
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What have to do with the desktop environment?

The story is: I'm trying Linux for the first time in my life. I'm encountering problems and I need to know what of them are responsibility of who. some of them are particular applications bugs, for ...