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Ubuntu 13.10 working really slow

I just updated Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10 and what I noticed is that graphical environment working really slow. In previous version everything was working fine, but now forexample I can't watching movies. ...
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My side menu icons are greyed

My side menu is greyed, so that only the file cabinet and Gimp are showing. The rest of the icons are just greyed. What's happening to me?
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How to run a complete GUI as root?

I don't care if I mess up the system (which is likely if I do things like this), or the potential security issues that this could imply. Note, that I don't just want to "enable root login?", but run ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 no top right bar buttons (power, network, calender)

The top right corner of the screen which previously housed the power, network, calender indicators are nowhere to be seen now. I had an upgrade yesterday from 13.04 and cannot find them anywhere. I ...
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Change KDE Logos in all icons for custom distro

we are making a Ubuntu-derivative Distro. We have chosen KDE for the DE, want to know how to customize all the logos and icons of KDE to match our Distro Logos.
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Firefox option to restore session on startup is greyed out

Firefox's Edit->Preferences->General->When Firefox Starts menu has several options, but the last one, "Show Windows and tabs from last time" is greyed out and unavailable. Anyone know why ...
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Ubuntu Desktop Environments, No Internet Access

Windows has been a pain, so I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my parent's HP Pavilion first with Cinnamon. For the first few days, it worked wonderfully, and then stopped connecting to the internet. I tried ...
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Desktop is all blurred! Help!

I'm in desperate need of help. I have no idea why my desktop is getting all blurred when I move things around on the screen or move between screens, minimize things, or highlight icons on the ...
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Session login not showing

I cannot now see the session login screen - just a blank black screen. No icons, no username box etc. is displaying. This is on a Compaq Presario c700 laptop running Ubuntu 13.04. Yesterday the ...
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what to install on a minimal installation to be able to install any desktop

Could someone tell me which packages I have to install on a minimal ubuntu to be able to i stall any desktop like cinammon e 17 trinity or phanteon. Thank you.
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Application to reproduce Mac OS X full screen mode?

I am currently running Xubuntu 13.04, but this would also be cool on Stock Ubuntu. I am a big fan of the way full screen works in Mac OS X, and would like to reproduce the effect on Linux with ...
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How to login Desktop without being interrupted by ctrl+c?

I made a ubuntu system from ubuntu server by adding xong and openbox on it. I also edited .profile to auto login X, so I can power on and wait a few seconds , then it's in the openbox desktop. But ...
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Problem in accessing the Desktop/home on Ubuntu [duplicate]

Dear Users I was working on Ubuntu 12.04 properly But some days ago when I shutdown my laptop I didn't get my Desktop/home back. Only black screen appears. Some time it ask username/password and I can ...
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Switch Desktop Environment from Command Line

I have Ubuntu Gnome installed on a headless box. I use SSH or VNC to connect to it. I'm trying to switch to XFCE and I've got it installed, but the tutorials say to log out, and select the desktop ...
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How does display manager know which WM/DE to run?

I switched to Arch for a while and got very used to booting to the terminal, logging in, and running "startx" to start my WM. I, of course, could change which WM or DE to run in the ~/.xinitrc file. ...
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I want to put a video as a desktop background how to do it? [duplicate]

I want to put cool videos as background on my ubuntu desktop so I wondered that if there is an app or program that can do this, and how I do this, thanks
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Why am I stuck with a version of GNOME Shell unlike KDE or other desktop environments?

Why am I stuck with a version of GNOME Shell unlike KDE? For example, on Ubuntu 12.04 I am stuck with GNOME Shell version 3.4, and I can't upgrade to a newer version of GNOME Shell like 3.6. With ...
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After logging into Guest Account, my user's desktop customizations are gone

This is a weird one. Out of curiosity I had clicked on the Guest Session option at login, to see what it was like. Now, when I log into my original user, all of my desktop customizations are gone and ...
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How to change to other desktop environment on VNC sessions?

On my system I will use VNC to login. But at this time, after connect to the pc, I get the automatic login with unity desktop. What I have to do, to have gnome desktop on VNC connection instead of ...
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Programs in different desktop environments

I have a question which might be defined as a "nooby" one. Do programs that work on Ubuntu 13.04 Unity NECESSARILY work on other desktop environments (such as Lubuntu)? And by programs I mean... ...
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How to make my desktop empty

How to make my desktop empty, that means when I login I need my desktop blank. I doesn't need any launchers and top indicator panel, I need empty screen(black) only. Is it possible and how?
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Is it possible to attach to a tty that was started via desktop?

I sometimes find myself in a situation where it might be useful to see some programs terminal output, or even enter some commands. But when I start these programs via desktop, there is no Terminal to ...
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Battery problem

Ubuntu's unity eats up my Asus Eee PC's battery, in a few minutes, with Libreoffice running. Should i reduce the memory usage of Libreoffice, or get a spare desktop environment?
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list all installed desktop Environments in Ubuntu

I am Using Ubuntu 13.04 and I have installed many desktops environments to try them. Now I want to know is there any way I can list all the installed desktop environments from the command line tool.
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Making an app for Ubuntu Software Centre [duplicate]

I would love to make apps and publish them on the Ubuntu Software Centre. After following the instructions on the developer centre, I built an app and published it. Now I have realised I have built an ...
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Ubuntu vs lubuntu for desktop?

Are the UI and speed of operation the only differences ? I want to know if the functionality is the same or not. Thanks.
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Problem with Nautilus in xfce (Xubuntu 13.04)

I have installed Nautilus in Xubuntu, the file manager works great, but the desktop manager doesn't starts ("nautilus -n") even if i have closed the process xfdesktop in the session, anyone know how ...
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Background messed up on Ubuntu VM

I am using VMware Workstation 9.x (latest) and Ubuntu 13.04 (latest) and have this issue: the background often gets messed up, black or something. I think it's related to the fact that I am running ...
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New windows, dropdown menus come up black but functional in Ubuntu 13.04

this is my first post as a relatively new linux user, so please bear with me and be specific in answering. My problem is this: Shortly after getting started into a session, whenever I try to open a ...
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Setting a picture as a desktop background

I placed a picture to /home/my_name/Pictures/var and set it as a background for a desktop. After rebooting, the previous default picture is set as a desktop background. What's going on?
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I cannot see my desktop on lubuntu netbook

I am using lubuntu desktop manager on ubuntu 12.04 and I cannot see my desktop. When I log in I can see it for a few seconds and then this happears: how do I close this and get to visualize my ...
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Plugin ubuntu Desktop [closed]

I'm want to do a plugin to Ubuntu in my term paper, but i never had seen something like this to ubuntu. I want to know about the complexity to "extend" an OS, how much time will spend to do something ...
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Unable to see desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 [closed]

I am unable to see any Desktop in ubuntu. When I turn on computer, it just shows a black screen, no wallpaper. However, if I open a program say chrome and try switching to Desktop with Alt + Tab, I ...
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Gnome Desktop Environment [duplicate]

I know that this may be a silly question but I'm really stucked here and I really don't know how to go on with this: how can I install Gnome in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? Thank you in advance.
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Cinnamon crashes when I try to login

I use Ubuntu 13.04 and my cinnamon was fine. But suddenly when I try to login with cinnamon it just crashes and restarting it does not work. What can I do?
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Ubuntu won't boot after initializing the Build Environment for Android

My laptop worked perfectly util I initialized the build environment for Android. The GUI won't start. It looks like some kinds of graphics card problems. I tried to fix it but after trying a lot of ...
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Why does /etc/issue show me Ubuntu and not Lubuntu?

cat /etc/issue shows me Ubuntu 13.04 \n \l but I'm on Lubuntu 13.04. What is the purpose of /etc/issue? Also, what does \n \l in the output mean? There's also issue.net which has just Ubuntu ...
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Different Desktop after upgrade/reboot causes folder lost

Some serious problem is happening on my PC. Sometimes when I update the ubuntu 12.10 system another desktop is showed after the reboot, with different wallpaper and folders. When I reboot the system ...
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DE crashes from time to time having this log. What should I uninstall?

My Cinnamon DE crashes from time to time, but it manages to reboot himself and then outputs this log: The crashed program seems to use third-party or local libraries: ...
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Difference between Unity and GNOME

I often come across the terms Unity and GNOME while reading about Ubuntu. I understand that Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. What is GNOME and how is it related to/different from ...
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Cinnamon GUI not among the Desktop Environment selections

I have installed Cinnamon GUI as written on the page, but I cannot select it in the logon screen... the only options I have are Ubuntu 2D and Ubuntu, both of which seem to be exactly the same thing. ...
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Xubuntu 13.04: How to hide backup files on desktop?

I just changed from Ubuntu 13.04 to Xubuntu 13.04 in an attempt to improve the performance of my slightly outdated notebook. Everything apparently went fine except that my desktop is now cluttered ...
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Can't change desktop icon thumbnail size in Ubuntu 13.04

I'm not able to change desktop icon thumbnail size in Ubuntu 13.04. I've tried changing preference from inside Nautilus. I've also used gnome-tweak tool I've even tried gconf-editor. The changes get ...
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How to launch the GUI only sometimes on Ubuntu 12.04 server?

I just installed Ubuntu server 12.04 and would like a GUI based interface, but only when I need it. I want to be able to launch the desktop when I'm trying to configure stuff (and can't use the ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 : Logout button has gone missing

Somehow my logout/poweroff button has gone missing from the desktop, how do I restore it? Also I used to be able to select the WM to use before logging in (e.g. Unity, Gnome etc), but I don't get ...
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Switching from Ubuntu Desktop to Ubuntu Tablet

I have been considering buying a Lenovo Yoga 11S (I am aware that I will have to recompile the kernel due to the wireless driver). My main concern is having a good experience in both laptop mode and ...
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Black frame on windows when switching apps

I have just installed Cinnamon and Im missing the black frame around the windows when I'm switching between apps. Any way to show it or something similar?
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GNOME classic minimizer tweak/similar desktop enviorment

I've been using the GNOME classic desktop environment for Ubuntu 12.04 for a while now, and after installing conky, I've realized that the taskbars make it look cluttered. Are there any tweaking ...
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Switching from Server to Desktop

I have Ubuntu server 12.10 and I would like to switch to desktop and would like to know how? Thanks
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How do I configure a minimal desktop environment?

At work I have an option of using Windows or Linux. I'm a Java programmer, so I don't necessary need to use windows. And honestly, I'm looking forward to gaining some experience with Linux. I haven't ...