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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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14.04 Desktop - how to assign domain to hostname?

Situation : we were - and still are partially - on a domain name (dark.void) we wish to get rid of! Here is the current content of the different networking configuration files in an attempt to switch ...
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How to prevent the dimming of my desktop picture when enabling icons on desktop?

I have recently noticed that when having the Icons on desktop feature enabled in gnome-tweak-tool: That my desktop image is slightly darker than it is when the feature is disabled, and I have ...
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xkill-ed my desktop

I was doing xkill In a terminal window to close a non responsive program but clicked my Desktop instead of my program now all the icons and everything are gone, and restarting didn't fix it. What ...
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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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Installing Ubuntu Desktop on Windows 7 [duplicate]

I can't seem to install Ubuntu Desktop on my Windows 7 PC. Once it was done downloading Cyberlink Power2Go opened up and told me that "No burner is currently available or you don't have rights to ...
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If I install Xubuntu desktop

Are there any conflicts with installing different Desktop environments in Ubuntu ? I have already installed Gnome-Shell and can't log-out the session to switch DE. I have to reboot to change.
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Upon reboot, can GUI applications be started in an X session without ever having the screen unlocked?

I have a home server. Sometimes, I have to reboot it from a distance, or it reboots itself, say after a power failure. I would like that some GUI applications to be started under my user, ...
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desktop problem ubuntu 14.04

I installed gnome-desktop-environment. After I installed I can't change wallpaper and right not working and folders I saved in the desktop folder is not showing in desktop. After I tried "gsetting set ...
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No menu options on desktop after installing KDM

I have Ubuntu 14.04 and I just installed KDM 4:4 11.11. After I installed and rebooted my login screen it now gives me the options in the pic: The "Default" selection is the new KDM I assume. (...
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How to lock and unlock keyboard in Ubuntu ?

I want to lock my desktop keyboard is there any command or shortcut to do this ?
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What files should I backup if I want to reinstall Xubuntu while keeping all desktop settings (e.g. system fonts, terminal fonts, etc) stay unchanged?

I am currently using Xubuntu and I would like to reinstall it for some reason. But I do not want to configure the desktop settings one more time, it would be quite time consuming. I know that for ...
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does any other desktop have searching within file menus?

I'm increasingly thinking of moving away from the default unity desktop, as it seems to be semi-mothballed and I really like the most recent gnome 3 releases on my arch machine. However, there is one ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 logs user out at random intervals

I recently did and update and dist upgrade. I am getting logged out at indeterminable moments (not very frequently, however). I cannot find any information on this bug. I am using Ubuntu at work and ...
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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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Will my data be affected if the GUI of Ubuntu crashes? [closed]

I would like to do some simulation research on Ubuntu (previously I was working on Windows), the simulation data are extremely important to me and I would never want to lose any of them. But I heard ...
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Mask my Desktop for my ubuntu-based Wifi hotspot/router

I used Ubuntu to build a Wifi HotSpot. You can join the Wifi and access Internet. It is used in some area without lots of Internet access in Africa, Island and Greenland. Since we're responsible for ...
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How to hide the whole Desktop with a permanent fullscreen image (above)?

I use Ubuntu to make a kinda hotSpot (wifi). I dont want anyone (thief or hacker) to be able to navigate into the system by pluggin-in keyboard-mouse-screen. (Unless me or my collaborators). At boot ...
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New to Ubuntu/Linux - Which distro should I install? [closed]

I'm switching over from Windows 7 to Ubuntu (basically because I want to try something new). I'm a basic user; I really only use my PC for iTunes, Web Browsing, some Steam gaming, and multimedia ...
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Use laptop wifi on desktop

I have had some wireless USB problems and I have decided to just try and use the piggyback-a-laptop method.I have an Ethernet cord, a Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop and a Peppermint 5 laptop.I have tried the ...
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How can I get rid of Activities in Ubuntu?

I'm currently visiting a foreign university, where I'm using an Ubuntu system. The Desktop has something in the upper-left corner called Activities. I have to click it or mouse through it to do most ...
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Lubuntu performance vs new desktop environment

Before to mess things up, if I install a new resources expensive desktop environment on top of Lubuntu - example KDE -, if I uninstall the package will be cancelled all the processes related? In other ...
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Problems with 14.04 most recent updates and possibly kernel

I am still fairly new to Linux and Ubuntu, so I will apologize ahead of time for my ignorance. I am using working with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I have been using Ubuntu for a little over a year now, I am ...
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Can you install LXDE or XFCE without altering non-desktop aspects of Ubuntu?

I love Ubuntu, and I love the Unity desktop environment. But sometimes I just need to do something fast and I don't need the extra flash of Unity, or I just want a different look and feel for awhile. ...
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Using MAAS to deploy graphical shell on office workstations

Would it be possible to deploy desktop images to my office workstations from MAAS? I would like to see a scenario in which the workstations have a graphical shell and some PXE boot KVM instances ...
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Whats the difference between installing a desktop from iso and apt-get? [duplicate]

So lets say I want to install Xubuntu. I can either go to their website and download an ISO, flash it to a memory stick and do an install, one of the options of which allows me to keep all my files ...
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Can I remove Unity now and how?

I have installed gnome-session-flashback and I love my new Gnome desktop, and I am sure that I do not want to go back to Unity, and as unity stuff takes up a lot of space on my machine, is there a ...
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Desktop woefully broken after removing python2.7

Accidentally removed puthon2.7, now I cannot run from desktop. The application bar is gone, key short cuts are gone ( e.g. t ), only way to login is remotely via ssh, or via Fn shells. Help, how can ...
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Diffrent sets of applications for each user

I want to try out some alternative desktops, see whats going on, but I have a annoying issue, when I install a desktop package I get all the applications and stuff that come with it just added to the ...
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Is there a text-based window switcher for Unity?

The visual switcher is very poor at providing context. E.g. the browser window thumbnails are too small to tell apart, and often most of them are blank (see screenshot). Is there any switcher that ...
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14.04 or 15.04 for an ultrabook

I was asked to help choose the DE for an ultrabook. I'm considering the following ones for the time being KDE Gnome Shell Unity Cinnamon Cinnamon is shipped by Linux Mint, not Ubuntu, so we will ...
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Is there a way to open a new unity desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 using the startx command without bugs?

When I'm in text mode and I use the startx command to open a second desktop environment, it never opens properly on Ubuntu desktop running with Unity. The toolbars on the left and top of the screen ...
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unable to remove the lubuntu desktop environment [duplicate]

I'm using ubuntu 14.04.1. I installed lxde for lubuntu desktop environment. But it's creating a lot of problems for me, so I want to completely remove it now. I read the instructions online and ...
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Change desktop environment from terminal?

I have installed Crouton on my chromebook, with the standard unity desktop(Ubuntu 12.02). However, I wish to use the Gnome 3 desktop environment. I cannot however install gnome-shell, since it ...
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Installation of a stable release of the Elementary OS Desktop (Pantheon) on Ubuntu 14.04

Since Elementary OS is a Ubuntu based distribution I think it should be fairly easy to install a stable version of Pantheon on Ubuntu (in my case 14.04). I have seen that many people have tried and ...
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System unity crashed in ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and many systems connected to the network, all system has the same problem. Firefox and Thunderbird are not working and not showing Desktop. Unity automatically crashed and ...
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What is the difference between GDM and Gnome-desktop?

As GDM is GNOME Display Manager but it installs the GNOME desktop also when I replaces it with LightDM So what is the difference between installing GDM or installing Gnome-desktop environment?
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No desktop GUI after broken package repair

So this problem all started when I clicked on a YouTube link from steam. It opened in chromium and muted all my system audio. I restarted and when I opened the pulse GUI none of my microphones or ...
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How to compleately remove the i3 desktop enviroment from Ubuntu?

I'm trying to remove the i3 desktop environment from the Ubuntu (14.04) login screen. after following these commands in root I had i3 installed; # echo "deb http://debian.sur5r.net/i3/ $(...
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How do I prevent a GPU lockup?

I recently installed Ubuntu on an old Dell XPS 410. I was able to go through the install process without any problems, save the fact that I had no hardware to connect to the Internet. When I try to ...
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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 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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Setting up mail server on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04

I need help on setting up a mail server on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 with a web interface for sandbox testing, tried using postfix and exim4 and it does not seems to work. My main concern is to setup a ...