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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 ...
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Icon only taskbar applet in cinnamon

I have installed the cinnamon applet Icon Only Taskbar in my Ubuntu to make the taskbar feature like that of Windows 7. But there is a number displayed above the taskbar icons to indicate the number ...
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Empty Desktop, Unity Launcher & Dash Missing

When I VNC into my machine all I see is background image with no icons or unity or dash. I can't even right click on the desktop. The Unity launcher and Dash don't appear either. This first happened ...
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Is there a dynamic-multiple-monitor friendly desktop environment available for Ubuntu?

I use a laptop and like to migrate during the day from one (physical) workplace to another and connect to an external monitor if available. I also must multitask a lot, so I have a lot of windows ...
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Desktop enviroments for Ubuntu [closed]

Does anyone know if Canonical will ever release Ubuntu with more then one (Unity, which is currently official) desktop environment like Linux Mint does (Cinnamon,MATE,Xfce)?
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How can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager?

Many times I asked myself: how can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager? There are listed a lot of them, but how can I create a new one? What are steps to create an Ubuntu ...
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Is there a hotkey that will force the autohide slider to appear?

Auto hide slider does not stay pinned to the colored slider bar on large archives. I would like to locate the autohide slider with a hotkey and avoid trying to locate the slider by moving the mouse ...
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What is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 13.10?

I am trying to find out what is called the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 13.10. Is it Gnome and if so, what version of Gnome does Ubuntu 13.10 come with?
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Which Desktop Environment has (or can have) global menus (apart from Unity)?

In Unity global menus auto-hide, which is completely nuts. – But in general I like the functionality for maximized windows (as long as it doesn’t disappear). Which DE can do global menus and has ...
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Which desktop environment removes window borders/frames of full-screen windows by default (or easy)?

Another question lists a bunch of Desktop Environments. Because of limited screen space (1024×600), which of them make it easy to hide/remove window frames/borders/decorations (including title bar) ...
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Problem changing settings in desktop and programs in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I had Ubuntu Gnome 13.10. installed, but it wasn't very stable, so I installed Ubuntu LTS 12.04 in its place, removing everything from /, but keeping /home. Now I have several, but possibly related ...
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How to start X without logging in console?

My filesystem is based on Ubuntu server and I installed xorg and openbox on it. I've made it auto-login and auto startx, but when boot and shutdown, I can always see the root@arm:# or something ...
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Frequently slow interface on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04, .

About my system : Dual boot Window7/Ubuntu 12.10 RAM : 1 GB CPU : Intel® Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz × 2 OS type: 32 bit Disk : 50 GB Driver : VESA: Intel(r)915G/915GV/910GL Graphics Experience : ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 no menu bar

I have lenovo thinkpad T520. Just updated to 13.04. I can see desktop icons, but no menu. I can start terminal, but I cannot close windows, move them or resize them. Also, Alt+Tab does not work. I ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 gnome

I am wondering if installing the gnome desktop environment from ubuntu software center will cause my whole operating system to crash? I know this sounds a bit weird but, couple of days ago, my father ...
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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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Enable/Disable Ubuntu Desktop environment on ubuntu-12.04.1-server-i386

I have installed ubuntu-12.04.1-server-i386 and on top of that i have installed Ubuntu desktop environment so that i can maintain server easily. Hear I totally understand that installing Desktop ...
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autocomplete at desktop level

I often type the same words in several applications: Editor (emacs, vi) Webbrowser Shells It would be great to have an autocomplete of the words I typed during the last week available in all the ...
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Ubuntu server 12.04 problem - switch to desktop or upgrade to 13.10?

We are running Ubuntu server 12.04, and we've also installed of the all the required packages (ubuntu-desktop etc.) to enable users to use a desktop when connecting to our server. We've encountered ...
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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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Adding Icon-Counter to GNOME Desktop for Ubuntu 12.10

I am looking at displaying a counter or display a variable number as a desktop icon for GNOME in Ubuntu 12.10. I have a computer program that is running through a bunch of files and will likely take ...
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Removing remains of lubuntu-desktop also removed kubuntu-desktop

I've converted Lubuntu to Kubuntu by installing kubuntu-desktop. After do-release-upgrade I removed the remains of Lubuntu using the following command: sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove abiword ...
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How to create empty document in Ubuntu 13.10?

I've installed Ubuntu 13.10, but in right click only "New Folder" no "empty document"! How to create new empty document now?
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What are some Desktop Enviroments that are 100% open-source and touch-friendly? [closed]

It needs to be 100% open source It must NOT recommend any closed/shared source software Please post in the following format: Desktop environment name A screenshot of the desktop environment Why ...
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Remains left after converting Lubuntu to Kubuntu

I've installed a Lubuntu Raring (which was the only ISO I had that would boot on the PC I tried to install Kubuntu) and installed kubuntu-desktop and then did do-release-upgrade. Now I've got a ...
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Kubuntu Widgets in Ubuntu

I'm using Kubuntu, but by default my laptop has Ubuntu 13.10 on it. I'm wondering if I can get the same desktop widgets I have on the KUbuntu Environment on Ubuntu desktop? Everything on it I ...
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Why do I have updates for Dolphin and Konqueror while I'm using only Unity?

I don't remember downloading a different desktop management environment (DM), so I'm using only Unity. Why do I have updates for Dolphin (A KDE file manager) and Konqueror (A KDE web browser) ? I'm ...
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why no gnome session?

I have installed gnome-shell with sudo apt-get install gnome-shell and its successfully installed but I cant find it in the sessions list at login screen. what might be the reason ? Here are the ...
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How to change view of desktop popups?

How I can change the color or view of desktop popups in Ubuntu 13.10?
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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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Is /razorqt/ available for saucy as a desktop environment?

Found out and started to fall in love for Razor QT all over again. Is it available for 13.10? If So, how do I install? Guess, you can put that under 'not added-yet '. by this guy, apparently.