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How do I find out what Ubuntu distro was originally installed on a machine?

I'd like to know which Ubuntu distro is installed on my laptop. I know that it is Precise Pangolin, but is it Xubuntu, Lubuntu, plain Ubuntu or something else? When I run the usual lsb_release -a ...
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Are there linux distros running Unity by default, besides Ubuntu?

I read that OpenSuse ported Ubuntu's Unity desktop and made a repository, also available in Fedora and Arch. I was wondering if, besides Ubuntu, any other distro (or spin) is using Unity as default.
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Lightest weight ubuntu desktop for text editing in big terminal windows?

I have an older windows laptop onto which I'm installing ubuntu within a VM. My goal is just to use terminal-based linux tools such as vim and shell scripting. I don't give a hoot about any gui for ...
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Xfce top panel indicator problem

I'm using Xubuntu 14.04, 64 bit The output of xfce4-about is xfce4-about-Message: No vendor information found in "/usr/share/xfce4/vendorinfo However I believe I'm using 4.12 but... ...
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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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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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Can MAAS be used for remote installation of desktop computers?

I know MAAS is intended for installing cluster nodes. But can MAAS be used for the install of desktop computers, or laptops? How to proceed?
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How can I remove leftover bits of kde-standard?

I've been looking into different desktop environments, so I decided I'd give kde a try instead of the normal Unity. I installed kde through: sudo apt-get install kde-standard Re-logged and ...
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Why am I missing the Ubuntu icon on the log-in screen?

I am running Ubuntu 12.10. On the log-in screen, there is no Ubuntu icon for me to click on to change desktop environments. I know where it should be, but it is simply not there. Why is this? And how ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 takes long time to show desktop

I am creating an application by customizing Ubuntu 12.04. And i'm using remastersys to create its backup to be distributed, the customizations are, My Application (Java) installed Postgresql ubuntu ...
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No GUI on ubuntu 12.04 Server after install ubuntu-desktop

I just got a dedicated server from hosting company and I want to use a GUI Desktop (Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 + x2go 64-bit system). So I did the following: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo ...
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What is the best way to install Gnome 3.16 on Ubuntu 14.04

I want to replace unity with Gnome 3.16, but completely confused. Can I install Gnome 3.16 on Ubuntu 14.04 (I can't upgrade to 14.10)? Someones says it's impossible but there is some article about ...
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Add “virtual” screen in my PC like a second screen connected

I would like to know if there is any software that allows me to add a second "virtual" screen to my computer. I would like to add this screen over my actual screen. Because a picture is worth a ...
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How to re-organize my desktop environments? [duplicate]

I wanted to try out some different desktop environment other than Unity so I installed kubuntu-desktop using sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop then I didn't like it so much, so I removed it ...
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Unity doesn't load - no Launcher or Dash appears [closed]

I am using 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my simple Desktop-PC (3GHz Intel P4, 1GB RAM, Intel inbuilt Graphics, and NO extra graphic-card) so nothing to worry about graphic like nvidia etc. Here is ...
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24H time format not applied on other locations

Though my time is set to 24H, the toolbar widget shows time in other locations on 12h not 24h. The discrepancy with the location configuration is pretty clear in the screenshot below: How do I fix ...
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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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Cairo-Dock crashed my Unity desktop, is this possible?

I'm still new to using Ubuntu and learning more and more each day. The other day I formatted my hard drive and wiped the Windows 8 partition (never use it) and re-installed my Ubuntu install to start ...
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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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How to modify default printscreen behaviour?

The Prnt Scrn button currently takes a screenshot and saves it in ~/Pictures. How can I modify the behaviour I want for the Prnt Scrn button? Use case: I want to take a screenshot and go to GIMP and ...
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What desktop environment is this?

I saw this picture in some question before. I tried searching for what desktop it is but I couldn't figure out. Does anyone know?
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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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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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how to set default session in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I have tried one of our site solution but its not working. the solution in our site is How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins? But its not working for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. How ...
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Lightweight desktop environments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What different desktop environments and shells are available? light weight window manager/desktop environment like unity Hi I was thinking about try a lightweight ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Running two sessions of Cinnamon

maybe this is a stupid question, but is it possible to run two sessions of a desktop envoirement at the same time (preferrably Cinnamon) and be able to switch between them like you can switch between ...
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“Unable to locate package cinnamon” when trying to install cinnamon

i want to install cinnamon on ubuntu 14.04, but i get an error "unable to locate package cinnamon" sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get ...
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Desktop environment agnostic method for prompting the user for a password?

In Gnome, there is gksudo. In KDE, there is kdesudo. Is there a command that can be run on any desktop environment that will prompt the user for the root password and then run a command?
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what is desktop environment and where is placed in linux architecture [closed]

What is the role of the desktop environment in the architecture of a Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu? Can anyone explain what a desktop environment is and how it relates to other components ...
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Unity 2d loading instead of Unity 3d at login

My problem is that after choosing Unity 3d at login the Unity 2d loads, Even though my graphics drivers seems to be working fine. Unity 3d is possible to load by following commands: ps aux | grep -i ...
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Proxy setting under xfce within virtual machine

My Ubuntu is within a virtual machine. When I log in with a ubuntu session, the web browser works fine. But when I log in with a xfce session, the web browser does not work... I try to change proxy ...
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Installing full Linux on android

I want to get full Linux with GUI and desktop on my android tab (rooted). I heard about apps called " Linux deploy" and "Complete Linux installer". However I have a few doubts : 1) Is it possible to ...
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LightDM run desktop for one session “This session Only”

I sometimes experiment with many different desktop environments, some of which can be unstable. I have had a few times where I needed to drop into root shell, disable auto login, then log into my ...
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What is controlling the desktop display?

I have two Ubuntu systems and in the course of changing configurations something has become muddled. I have disabled Unity in favor of gnome shell, the older style display of the desktop. Then I ...
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DE-specific startup applications?

I want certain applications (such as indicator-multiload) to run at startup only if I sign into Unity, not GNOME-shell. I also want some other applications to only start in GNOME-shell (like Shutter). ...
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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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Window not remaining in single workspace

I'm running Xubuntu and right now I have the issue of some of my windows following me around when I change from one workspace to another, I set them the a specific workspace and also set them to be ...
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Missing default Ubuntu desktop environment in the login screen

After installing GNOME desktop environment in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I'm missing Ubuntu default desktop environment... How can I add it back to the list in the login screen where I can select different ...
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Controls like checkboxes and radio buttons are invisible : After Upgrade to 14.10

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04. No matter what theme I try, radio buttons and checkboxes simply do not appear in my applications. Any ideas? Here's a an image showing this:
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how do you install ubuntu touch as a desktop environment? [duplicate]

On another question someone mentioned that you could install ubuntu touch as a desktop environment for laptops with touchscreens. I have not been able to find this option. Is there a way I could try ...
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How to install different desktop managers on different tty

How do I install different desktop managers like Unity, KDE, XFCE etc in different ttys so that I could toggle them using CtrlAlt+F N, where N is 4,5,6 etc. In this answer I got the hint of such ...
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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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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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Desktop files moved to secondary monitor

when I hook up a secondary monitor (to give a presentation or something) all my desktop files are placed on the secondary monitor. I want them to remain on my laptop desktop, which is emptied when I ...
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How to edit nautilus side menu transparency and font color?

I've been trying to customize my Ubuntu 12.04 Unity desktop. I am describing what I've done until now to make it easier to understand what is my practical question. Please don't refer to it as too ...