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where have my desktops gone? [duplicate]

I am not a computer expert. I Recently did a steady follow the rules two step upgrade from 12.04 to 13.10. I seem to now only have one desktop screen, or 'page' as i call it, instead of the four ...
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Installing desktop environment changed BG in GRUB2

As a Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS 32-bit user I have installed various desktop environments and found out that the loading screen and the background of GRUB2 changed from pink to gray together with a change in ...
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Where are desktop enviroment texture packs found?

On mac OS there is a directory where you can put images in to replace default screens like the booting screen. Is there an equivalent for desktop enviroments like gnome, unity, kde, lxde, sfce etc.?
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After Ubuntu 14.04 install error with tmp/ files

When I install Ubuntu as desktop (as a dual boot, like a program on Windows), the whole process completes but when after finishing an install my laptop restarts, the launcher won't run and I get a ...
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Unity disappeared in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I was using my Ubuntu 14.04 normally, and after I shutdown and restarted the computer, I saw that Unity had disappeared. I tried the following commands, but none of them worked: sudo apt-get install ...
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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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“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 enviornment [duplicate]

My question is what desktop should i use with these specs Processor:intel pentium D 2.0ghz Memory:1GB (Can upgrade to 2GB) Hard disk:60GB 5400rpm (will upgrade on to a SSD [about 80GB]) Os:ubuntu ...
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Drag and Drop desktop icons

Is there a utility that allows a drag and drop of app icon to the desktop to create a quick launch icon? I know the terminal command to create one. But it is somewhat difficult if you do not know the ...
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An easy way to create a desktop shortcut?

I wonder, isn't there still an easy way to create a desktop shortcut in Ubuntu 14.04 (or Unity)? There is no context menu on desktop doing this. So I tried the following: I looked for an app I want ...
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13.04 Gnome layout

My panel doesn't look like the one of other folks, for example the help and other images I've seen. I also don't see things like System settings, rather I see System tools. So several suggestions for ...
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Install Ubuntu Desktop Variable From CD [closed]

How To Install Ubuntu Desktop Variations (such as lubuntu-xubuntu) from installation cd?
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Some programs not displaying on desktop

When I click other programs like Wine, Transmission, System Monitor it appears on the Launcher but not on the desktop. I notice that when you click their icon on the Launcher, there is a blurred ...
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How can I remove GNOME shell(desktop environment) but remain Unity?

I am current using Ubuntu 13.10 dist and I'm very happy to use Unity than Gnome shell. Now I would like to remove gnome shell completely and install Cinnamon desktop(I just want Unity and Cinammon in ...
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Cant access ubuntu GUI from XEN

I have ubuntu server installed on my XEN server. Now due to some reasons i need to configure some GUI based application on Ubuntu so for that i installed ubuntu-desktop via apt-get. Now when i want ...
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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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Unity HUD on other DEs [duplicate]

I'm trying to choose a desktop environment for my future laptop, and have this thing with Unity: I generally don't like it so much (lacking configurability, high resources, etc.), but while I was ...
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Security Objectives [closed]

New to Linux New to Ubuntu Objective: Better understanding security Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Hello, I am going through the security guide on Ubuntu documentation, and I am getting demotivated fast. I ...
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how can i fix "errors were encounterd while processing: mmodemanager whoopsie

I am using an Ubuntu 13.10 image on my android and I cant seem to install the Ubuntu gnome desktop. Device information: - Sony Xperia S (LT26I - Arm-V7 - Snapdragon S3 1.83ghz - Adreno 220 GPU - ...
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PHP app in OpenStack

I have installed OpenStack using DevStack. I have PHP5, Apache2 and mySQL installed too obviously. I want to know that how can I run a simple PHP page using OpenStack because all I see tutorials on ...
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How Ubuntu Desktop Graphical user interface developed [closed]

I am new to Linux development. I know some basics of the Linux architecture, that there are layers such as hardware, Kernel, libraries and GUI. I know kernel and drivers are mostly developed using C ...
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Firefox shows no text after installing cinnamon

I replaced my desktop environment with cinnamon. It is great except that the auto complete box in chrome and Firefox appear with no text at all:
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Ubuntu 13.10. Where is my desktop environment? [duplicate]

Now (some minutes ago) I runned QT Creator to make my app for ubuntu. When I was starting my computer lagged. After 1-2 minutes I opened Dash (I'm using default Unity DE) to find CharMap. When I was ...
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kde themes doesn't appear after download and install

hey everyone i just downloaded the new theme for my my KDE from http://kde-look.org/. in other tutorial they that extract the package and copy it into /home/username/.kde/share/apps/desktop/theme.but ...
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Issues with Unity and Gnome [closed]

Usually my computer loaded the desktop on ubuntu, however starting today, I can not load the desktop. The only interface I can get, is if I click the power button (physical) it takes me to the ...
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Xubuntu 12.4 does not save any desktop settings

This is getting annoying that my XFCE desktop on a Xubuntu 12.4 fresh installation does not store any of my desktop modification to its settings , for example I've added Keyboard Layout widget to the ...
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How can I fix my desktop background setting?

I am running Ubuntu 13.10. I installed gnome3 out of curiosity a few days back, from then my desktop background just went black. It won't change no matter what I do. I removed gnome completely and ...
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Widgets for Desktop in Ubuntu?

LibreOffice Impress - Adding Slide Themes For the fisrt few seconds of this video we see the presenter's desktop, displaying what resembles, to me, as widgets like in Windows (7 namely). What is ...
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Is it possible to “semi-maximize left or right” in LXDE in any way?

I mean like in Unity when you drag a window and stick it to the "right", it first shows a shadow covering the right half of the desktop and then the window would cover that half on mouse release. Is ...
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how to put system tools into gnome3 panel

I'm sure it has been asked before, but I cannot find the solution. I started using Gnome3, and everything is great. But, system tools has been put in Applications. I want System to be a top level ...
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How to convert to a Lighter wight Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop and I'm happy with it. However sometime I think the older versions were better as they were lighter or utilized less resources. Is there any way that, it will ask me ...
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Desktop Not Loading after changes in grub

I wanted to load my laptop to CLI by default. I made a change in /etc/default/grub file and added "text" to one of the grub lines as instructed by the online article and did sudo update-grub. It ...
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UI Problem in Ubuntu after give update and run VLC player

I have Ubuntu 12.10 in my Lenovo G580 machin.I have given update to my system two days before VLC player and other applications are working fine till that date.After that update i can't run VLC player ...
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Launch Steam games without a X Desktop running

I'm using the first, accepted answer to this question to have Steam as an Environment on Login. Steam itself works fine, but when I attempt to start a game, the screen turns black and I have to ...
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Limited Desktop environments seen at logon

Whenever I log on and I want to change my desktop environment.I click on the button to change my environment.I have many desktop environments almost 10-12.It is arranged in alphabetical order.So U ...
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Installing Chrome OS Desktop Environment on my 32bit computer

This question says that it's possible to install Chrome OS as a desktop environment to Ubuntu but it's only available for 64bit PCs. Would it work on my 32bit PC? I just want to try it. It doesn't ...
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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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installed programs not displayed on desktop

Ubuntu installs certain software. Any other programs are not displayed on the desktop. How can I place them on desktop to use?
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How can I edit the source of HTML in the clipboard?

If I cut some HTML from a Pidgin instant messenger window, I can easily paste it verbatim into a new HTML email in Thunderbird. All formatting (fonts, colors, etc) are preserved, so it appears that my ...
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Unable to switch desktop environments in 13.10

I have Unity, KDE (Kubuntu), and Gnome installed in 13.10. All three show up in the drop down when I go to switch users/login; KDE Plasma Workspace is the default option. I've tried lightdm, gdm, and ...
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how to recover a normal desktop in linux

I have a ubuntu 13.10. It worked normally until I somehow mistakenly turn it into terminal mode. I was trying to install some nox to my virtual box, and I downloaded a vm image package and imported ...
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How to dump all the manully altered gsettings keys?

The dconf Editor indicate the keys whose values have been altered by the user by changing the key's font to bold as shown in the snapshot. So I wonder if there is a way to dump all the keys ...
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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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Configuration changes resist to apply, and some other mess; need help!

Can't say exactly what might have done this, (I was trying Xephyr and removed some old kernels in my last good session..) but now I can see that some mess has been made. The themes don't apply ...
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Software selection screen in Ubuntu installer

While installing Ubuntu 12.04, I am asked to choose whether to install these predefined collections of software, which are displayed in this screen: I am just interested in having a standard ...
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Is there a more touch friendly desktop environment?

I have an acer aspire r7 , its a convertible laptop/tablet. I am interested in running a UI which is more like ubuntu touch. I installed the 13.10 thinking it was going to be more touch friendly, but ...
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How do I fix black desktop after installing Gnome3?

I recently installed Gnome3 from following an OMGUbuntu link (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/12/upgrade-gnome-3-10-ubuntu-13-10) and it broke my desktop. Now it's black, I can't access the icons, and ...
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How to quick switch between desktop environments in the running desktop session?

Is there a way to quick switch (preferably from command line) between one desktop environment to other; say, from Unity to classical GNOME without having to close any of the running applications in ...
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How can I as a root user manage folder owned by other users using ubuntu desktop?

I need to copy files/folder to a folder but that is owned by another user, infact a installed application by me. So how do I get the rights to copy files/folder to that folder ? I want to do it via ...
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What's the lightest Ubuntu desktop environment? [duplicate]

My computer has 1GB ram and a very low graphic card, but I don't know how much powerful it is. My computer is very slow with Ubuntu Unity and I saw that there are many desktop environments which are ...