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Out of the box into the terminal

I am wondering if there is a possibility to modify Ubuntu (ver. 14 although I'd update to 15 if it helps in the effort) in such a way that you boot into the terminal rather than the desktop. I am not ...
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Are Desktop Environment and Desktop Managers same thing on Linux, if yes how to know which desktop manager I'm using from my terminal? [duplicate]

Are Desktop Environment and Desktop Managers same thing on Linux, if yes how to know which desktop manager I'm using from my terminal? Is task manager also the same desktop manager?
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Installing Ubuntu Desktop without a Desktop Environment?

Background I have put together my own desktop environment in Arch Linux, and I'm interested in setting up Ubuntu with the same environment. One way to do this is by installing Ubuntu Server and then ...
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Any stopwatch app that can be embedded on my desktop?

I am looking for a stopwatch application that be embedded on my desktop like a widget but it doesn't ruin the over all look and feel of the desktop.
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How to align desktop icons with consistent icon sizes and short file names?

I find it very annoying that the icons on the desktop are not aligned in a proper grid. The icon sizes are not consistent and longer file names are shown on multiple lines, this is just plain ugly and ...
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Is there a way to 'snap' desktop icons into a straight line? [duplicate]

I have searched here and elsewhere at length and found several good looking suggestions, but none of them have helped. I use 11.04 and despite my efforts to line up my icons in a pleasing & neat ...
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How to manage desktop icon spacing using terminal in Ubuntu 14.04

How to set custom desktop icon spacing using terminal or any other way in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? I want to reduce the spaces between the desktop icons to fit more icons into the desktop in a nice looking ...
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Login Screen Desktop Manager?

Is the Login handled by a desktop manager? If so, what happens if I install another desktop manager (which one will provide the login?) and how to control which one is used? Whenever I login it looks ...
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Unity Desktop Environment Crash

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS when I choose Unity environment to login it login then blinks and logs me out again. What caused the problem: The last thing I was doing is that I was changing the ...
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Keyboard shortcut to auto-fit 4 windows in one screen?

When I want to auto-fit 2 windows in one screen, I press WINDOW+ARROW LEFT on first window. And then WINDOW+ARROW RIGHT on second window. Sometime I need open 4 windows in one screen. But I still not ...
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No dash, menu appears in black, compiz bugged on 15.04

Recently I upgraded form 14.04 to 15.04 and my desktop came with some bugs. I can't see the window's buttons, the drop downs menus appear in black and my file manager or terminal can't be seen. I am ...
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Can I install Pantheon on 15.10? [duplicate]

There seems to be a lot of question regarding Pantheon, but they all somewhat contradict each other. Is there a simple way to install it?
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How to install the latest stable elementary desktop environment (pantheon) on Ubuntu 15.10?

I asked this question a short while ago. While the answerer does explain how to install Pantheon, he makes use of the daily and testing PPAs. Is it possible to install the latest stable release of ...
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Cannot launch applications after switching desktop environment to Gnome

I recently switched from Unity to Gnome 3 by installing the Gnome Shell. But now when I try to launch certain applications (Eg. PyCharm) they crash with a message Gtk-Message: Failed to load ...
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Sliding Desktop Wallpapers into Lubuntu 15.10

How can we get an automatic desktop background image changing, over an specific time, into Lubuntu 15.10? I am interested in something like the typical slide presentation, with a, let's say, 5 ...
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Is it possible to use multiple desktop environments on same system?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I want to try out KDE and other desktop environments. But I'm not sure if I'll like them enough to switch permanently. I want to be safe and make a transition in a piecemeal ...
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“Export Bitmap” command in InkScape generates files that make Nautilus crash

I use the "Export Bitmap..." command from InkScape. It generates the PNG file (in my case), an apparently ok file. When I hit Properties for that file, Nautilus crashes. Why is this happening? (...
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thumbnail for list view?

I like the thumbnail view in icon view, and the sorting capabilities for list view in Ubuntu Mate. Is there a way to get thumbnails in the list view in Ubuntu Mate?
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Ended up having kde 4.x (plasma 4) instead of Plasma 5.4 from Ubuntun 14.04

I was using Unity on Ubuntu 14.04 and was giving me trouble after going dual monitors, so decided to give KDE a try. So I installed KDE by following the commands below found here hoping that I'll get ...
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cant select “open with other”

I have some html files, and I wanted to open all of them from a folder. I double clicked, and I got a prompt to display in the terminal. So then I tried to right click, and open with Firefox, but that ...
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Pantheon on Ubuntu 15.10: Broken titlebar

I didn't find an answer to my situation so here it goes! I tried to install Pantheon using the official Daily, Testing and Pantches ppa (they support ubuntu 15.10 btw), installed elementary-desktop, ...
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How do I get ubuntu desktop running on my virtual box CLI? It's stuck “Loading extension GLX”

I've got a vmware virtualbox with Ubuntu 14.04 CLI installed. I'm now trying to get ubuntu-desktop GUI running. I've already installed ubuntu-desktop with sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop. I read ...
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Trouble with GNOME and JetBrain apps

I just got a new Lenovo ThinkPad E440 and I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I installed GNOME on it. gnome-shell --version outputs 3.12.2. Everything seems to run fine except the following issue When ...
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How i install Budgie on Ubuntu 15.04

I want test Budgie Desktop on my Ubuntu 15.04 64 bits PC but i can't install due some problems; So, i tried install from several ways: Official PPA: In several guides to install Budgie say that in ...
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Are there any open source projects From which it is eary to learn Ubuntu Desktop Application Development?

I have been contributing in this forum through asking and answering questions, but now I want to contribute in Open Source Projects by coding. But I have no idea which are the suitable platforms and ...
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How do you remove a stubborn Lubuntu-desktop environment after changing ubuntu's default login screen? [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid (using WUBI) on an old Dell I use mostly for emails. I then installed Lubuntu-desktop environment but now I want to remove it. When I run the command sudo apt-get ...
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Ubuntu Text Ticker (Scrolling text)

Is there any application to display scrolling text on top of all windows in Ubuntu? Something like Tickr, but what I want is an application that can display my own text, something like appname "my ...
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Enlightenment dependencies are installed but not [duplicate]

When I try to remove the dependencies after a I had a huge error on the install, they claim there is needed ones and it asks to run sudo apt-get -f install, when I run it, it returns error code (1). ...
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Ubuntu Minimal Install - No desktop environment?

Note: I installed Ubuntu Minimal because of a bug in (apparently) all *buntu 15.04, 14.04 and 14.10 versions which cause the installer to hang when installing on my system before the partitioning ...
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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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Black screen after selecting Openbox

After installing Ubuntu 15.04 on my 2GoPC. At the desktop environment menu, I selected Openbox and logged in. Then a black screen appeared with just cursor. I tried right-clicking, but nothing ...
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Why are there two separate desktops with KDE?

Running Ubuntu 15.04, and I was fed up with Unity, so I installed kubuntu-desktop. Works fine, switch to it at login. There's a weird behavior that I can't find explained elsewhere however - I appear ...
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How to make KDE remember your opened windows across sessions?

This used to work on Kubuntu 14, 13, etc... but since the upgrade to Kubuntu 15.04, after I login only some of my windows re-open automatically. And some of those that do are not in the position I ...
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apt- Error installing Deepin Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

I have been trying to add the Deepin Desktop Environment to Ubuntu. I have followed several guides that consist of adding the sources etc and then trying sudo apt-get install dde-meta-core however ...
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Pantheon (Elementary Desktop) not loading

I add to repository this: ppa:elementary-os/daily and installed elementary-desktop Next log off -> select Pantheon -> click login = nothing. Empty screen with my wallpaper.. Please help
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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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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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Problem after Install Elementary OS desktop in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I installed Elementary-Desktop from here After install I log out and in the session does not show Pantheon for login in LightDM. Why?
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Wallpaper is not changing and right click does not work on desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

Sorry if this question is already answered in some links; but I have already searched so much to find solution to my problem. Recently I installed gnome-shell and ubuntu-gnome-desktop to try gnome. I ...
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Different environment variables depending on gui or shell

The environment variables of a program differ on whether it is started from a terminal or from the desktop (by clicking on its icon). For example: I use bash and have specific variables set in my ....
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Desktop environment without Python dependency

I'm looking for a desktop environment without Python dependency unlike Unity and GNOME. Because I don't want to get in to any trouble like this link.
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creating split view windows on Ubuntu

Like on windows i press windows symbol key with left or right arrow to create spilt windows of equal sizes, how do i do that with Ubuntu? I use Ubuntu 15.04
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How to switch back to Ubuntu-desktop and Unity from Xubuntu-desktop and Xfce4

I'm having some weird issues. I'll try to explain everything I've done in the order that I've done them. 1) I performed a routine update last week on my Ubuntu 14.04.03 system. I was using Unity at ...
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What's the definition of a linux distro? [duplicate]

Disclamer: the question i am asking is what determines what linux distro i'm using not "am i still useing ubuntu" now for the question. I use to think that a linux distro was defined by its desktop ...
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Profiles for desktop settings depending on connected screens

Is there any way in Linux to save a profile for desktop settings depending on what screen is active? (like, different fonts and so on depending on whether there is only laptop screen or attached ...
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How to install Pantheon on Ubuntu 15.04? [duplicate]

is it safe to install elementary OS DE Pantheon on Ubuntu 15.04 without doing any damage to the system? if so how?
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Remove panning viewport

To correct for TV overscan, I have entered a value of 50 for understanding NVIDIA X Server Settings. This works fine for the current session, however upon restart the Windows still looks like it fits (...
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Why when i log-in using another desktop environment, apps doesn't appear to be installed?

I want change Unity desktop since is too slow and replace it with another one, GNOME or Budgie Desktop. Then i downloaded Gnome. I restart the PC and i log-in with gnome. But when i go to the "app ...
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Installed a couple desktop environments to play around with — now a gray screen on login and wake from sleep

I installed MATE, Gnome, and Cinnamon on a boot of Xubuntu 14.04 to, as I said, experiment. Right away, I noticed I was welcomed to a gray screen when I logged in instead of the usual splash login ...
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Issues Viewing Some Websites in Ubuntu Desktop (14.04 LTS)

I have a lot of experience with Linux Servers, but the Desktop distros are relatively new to me. I am running Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 LTS (however had same issue on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). I am having trouble ...