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What is difference between install desktop-environment and run directly distro?

My question is what is difference between installing perticular desktop environment on Ubuntu And Using directly that (Default -environmented) distro/flavour of Ubuntu? Example: Two options: ...
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Remove KDE and switch to CLI

I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 on my server this morning, I thought it would be cool to run a GUI. Though it occupies too much memory for my liking. How can I revert back to CLI, permanently? And ...
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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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What is the lightest KDE I can use on Ubuntu?

Default KDE is not running good on my PC and it's too slow. I switched to Unity-2D and it's better. Wanted to ask if there is a more simple, lighter KDE that would work better on my PC.
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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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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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Can changing desktops environments affect my programs/personal data?

If I install a different desktop environment on ubuntu, will it delete files or programs installed earlier? Could I use those programs installed with ubuntu if I replace the environment with xfce?
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My desktop icons have gone out of view

I have just two icons on my desktop The Home folder and my Kindle. Until recently they worked well, However,today, when I turned on my computer, they had vanished. I checked the settings and it said ...
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cairo-dock has problem with lubuntu

cairo-dock visual performance is poor in lubuntu. My desktop suffers with black background when I navigate my mouse pointer on Cairo dock. What is causing this and how can I fix it?
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Ubuntu Tablet Interface Structure [duplicate]

ANSWER: I currently have all of the Ubuntu touch apps working on my Dell XPS 12 and although unstable, Unity 8 works well too. So I'd accept that all of the tablet features will be working in due ...
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How to re-install kde splash screen with tty1 [closed]

I accidentally uninstalled the splash screen I was using in Kubuntu 11.10 and now it takes me to tty. Can any body tell me how to re-install the kde splash screen so I can login and use my computer ...
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Unity3D loads all the time instead of selected desktop session

Every time I log out, and change session, select Unity2D and login Ubuntu is loaded, to what it seems to be in Unity3D. When I check in the terminal, that is confirmed. I even changed the default to ...
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Uninstall ubuntu-desktop with unity, gnome etc

I've installed Ubuntu 11.10, but I was not happy with Unity, so I switched to Gnome 3 (classic). This was also not the best for me, so I've tried LXDE. Again was not exactly, what I'm looking for. So ...
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How to start different Desktop Environments?

Suppose I have ubuntu desktop and installed xubuntu desktop and want to try it, how do I start it? Is it any different if I want to try lxde? I reverted my virtual box to when I dont have a GUI then ...
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How can I get the fast desktop back? [duplicate]

I had Ubuntu 10.10 running on my PC for a long time, and I was quite happy with the desktop performance (i.e. almost no lag while moving windows or shortcuts like alt+tab andctrl+alt+t all was so fast ...
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Cinnamon hangs immediately after startup: no interaction with panel and popup notifications

Problem summary: I installed Cinnamon and after a few restarts and configuration changes the panel does not respond anymore, same for the notification pop-ups. Seems like the desktop got the ...
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Install CDE on Ubuntu

Is it possible that I can I install CDE through apt-get on Ubuntu 14.04 64-Bit? I am really desperate. Thank you.
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Completely drop Unity for Gnome on Ubuntu 14.04

I've been using Ubuntu for a long time, so I know the troubles of attempting to install the two alongside each other.. What I don't know is what the best way to completely drop Unity for Gnome is. So ...
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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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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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Enlightemnent, window content upside down

I've installed Enlightenment with this commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vase/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install enlightenment (Ubuntu 13.10 (Unity as default), amd64 with ...
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How to organize many app icons?

I don't like to have too many launch icons in the Unity Launch bar (using Precise Ubuntu). So I put my most used app icons on the desktop. However, I'm now running out of space on the desktop. Any ...
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Too many Desktop Enviroments

So I have had Ubuntu for a very long time and am a very curious person. Recently I installed LXDE. LXDE worked out fine, I'm actually using it right now and am loving it. But, at the login screen, ...
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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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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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How do I prevent Ubuntu gradually slowing down to a stop?

I really do not know what is causing the problem of my desktop environment (D.E.) gradually slowing down. It seems to happen in Gnome 3.2, LXDE, XFCE, and KDE. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and this ...
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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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How to enable desktop effects in VMware?

I am using VMware Workstation 7. I have the VMware tools and 3D acceleration enabled but when I try to enable desktop effects I get the message "Desktop effects could not be enabled". I have an Nvidia ...
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Forcing appliation to open in the desktop that they have started

I don't know if this is a bug or feature? I have 4 desktops in my Ubuntu. I start an application in say Desktop #2 and then I immediately switch to Desktop #1 to continue working on another ...
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Error after log in, Desktop gone (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)

It's the second time I boot Ubuntu and after logging in my session I get this error message : The name org.gtk.vfs.Daemon was not provided by any.service files Screenshot (in French) I can't ...
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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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Why these smudges happening on my desktop?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. After a while of using it, the screens will have rubbish and smudges as in the pic. Here is my card info and driver: lspci | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible ...
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How to perform unattended installations of Ubuntu Desktop?

I know that there is a lot of information about headless and unattended installation of Ubuntu servers. But I need to install the desktop version of Trusty on a lot of machines and I would like to ...
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Broken ubuntu distibution

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 as my main distro. Recently I installed several additional desktop environments, including: Cairo, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Deepin, and most recently Xubuntu. I always had ...
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Why is Lubuntu default desktop environment

So I just wanted to try things out on 14.04, so I did sudo apt-get install lxde sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop When I get to the greeter, it reads Lubuntu (Default) Lubuntu Netbook LXDE ...
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Can I install Desktop-Environment from distro's iso file?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit (Default Unity D.E.).I have Xubuntu14.04 desktop (32-bit) ISO file (image). It must exist Xubuntu Desktop Environment inside ISO file. I don't want to install whole ...
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Cinnamon being a complete mess on Ubuntu

After installing Cinnamon the desktop icons on cinnmaon have black text where i want white and the windows are appearing as follows: And for the desktop, it is appearing like this, How do i remove ...
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“user.mime_type” in desktop environment

Context Guidelines for extended attributes (FreeDesktop) says: user.mime_type: Sets the MIME type of a file explicitly. This attribute is documented by the "Shared MIME-info Database ...
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Setting the same theme across desktop environments

I'm currently running 13.04 Gnome-Shell. It's customised just the way I like it. However, when I switch to Unity, the desktop looks really ugly - a real mess! How can I set one DE to look the way I ...
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Cinnamon stops working on ubuntu 13.04 [closed]

I upgraded from 12.10 to 13.04 and cinnamon stops working. When I load cinnamon it only displays a slow responding cursor over a black screen. And the desktop never loads. So (for getting access to ...
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Will Ubuntu get an asset set to allow Qt applications using GTK style buttons?

Given the recent movement towards Qt as a primary development platform for Ubuntu and the underlying Gnome standard application set: Are there plans to have GTK style buttons available in a simple ...
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problems with unity and gnome classic desktops - how to reinstall and clean them

I have ubuntu 12.04.02 and I always use kde 4.10.1. Sometimes I need to switch to unity or gnome classic (with effects), the problem is that when I log in with one of them I can't access "settings ...
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How to avoid in the task bar other Workspace application icons?

What I want is that when I go to ones of my Workspaces, in the task bar where all current running app is showed, just appear app in the current Workspace. How can I do that?
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Compiz desktop cube not working properly

On Ubuntu 12.10, I downloaded ccsm and enabled all the plugins required for desktop cube, like I usually did in 10.10. But it's appearing as it should be. I have attached a screenshot for your ...
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How to run two DE's on one partition

How to segregate 2 desktop editions (kde/gnome) installed on one partition using kdm/gdm to start, doesn't matter which. But not share the apps, bins or libs. I don't want the mish-mush of Gnome and ...
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Custom desktop environment for Debian/Ubuntu [closed]

I like Unity a lot for its gorgeous dash and panel look, the global menu and HUD, the super+# shortcuts and that's it. I really hate it for the stupid launcher and its general inflexibility compared ...
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Where can I get Project Looking Glass source code?

I came across Project Looking Glass while searching for different desktop managers. I saw a few previews and I would like to get it on 12.04. The site from Project Looking Glass's Wikipedia page ( ...
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Unable to switch Desktop Environment/GUI's at login page

I'm unable to switch to the Gnome Environment from the default Ubuntu user login page. The list comes up, but when I click Gnome, it doesn't select the gnome enviromnent. When I click back to see the ...
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Unable to change desktop environment in 12.10

I upgraded to 12.10 some days ago and now I'm unable to change between the environments. I currently have GNOME 3 (with extensions), KDE and, of course, Unity installed. The computer is a Lenovo G550. ...
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Policykit - E17 without LightDm: Problems with Webcam and Connection manager [duplicate]

I'm using E17 without LightDm ( it saves about 200 mb ram ). I manage to do that easily and now I'm starting E17 with the old nice startx and a .xinit file in my home root. my .xinit : exec ...