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Kubuntu 12.04: Change login screen background?

I am having trouble changing my login screen background. I can select the default wallpaper, the Kde-default one, but whenever I select my own custom wallpaper, there is no image, just a solid color. ...
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How do I install dwm on ubuntu

I would like to know how I can easily install dwm window manager on Ubuntu. It would not matter if you only know how to install awesome window manager as they are alike and I like them both. It does ...
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3D acceleration is not possible for Ubuntu as virtual machine by VMware Fusion?

I have installed VMware Fusion 4.1.2 in my MacBook Pro, and installed Ubuntu 11.10 as a virtual machine. I have tried to enable the 3d acceleration, via Virtual Machine -> Settings -> Display ...
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Do changes made on Gnome Classic affect Ubuntu Desktop?

At my logon panel I can see these: Gnome, Gnome Classic, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 2D. I want to know if any change I made on Gnome Classic will affect Ubuntu? Actually I intend to install some kool Gnome ...
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LXDM showing commas after username [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11 with LXDE/LXDM in the login screen, I see usernames like Lim Jiew Meng,,, (jiewmeng) Why is that?
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How to use word hyperlinks?

When I open word document in Open Office I have link like this https://somehome/someword.doc#SOME_SECTION I think it should work that when I click on the link its forwarded to SOME_SECTION in that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Desktop Enviroments: Lock screen widgets availability

I use two awesome de for me (MATE and Cinnamon). Also I like KDE but not too much. But this question about not desktops but lock screens. Can anybody answer, is it possible to add widgets (like ...
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How to login Desktop without being interrupted by ctrl+c?

I made a ubuntu system from ubuntu server by adding xong and openbox on it. I also edited .profile to auto login X, so I can power on and wait a few seconds , then it's in the openbox desktop. But ...
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I want to put a video as a desktop background how to do it? [duplicate]

I want to put cool videos as background on my ubuntu desktop so I wondered that if there is an app or program that can do this, and how I do this, thanks
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Making an app for Ubuntu Software Centre [duplicate]

I would love to make apps and publish them on the Ubuntu Software Centre. After following the instructions on the developer centre, I built an app and published it. Now I have realised I have built an ...
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Problem with Nautilus in xfce (Xubuntu 13.04)

I have installed Nautilus in Xubuntu, the file manager works great, but the desktop manager doesn't starts ("nautilus -n") even if i have closed the process xfdesktop in the session, anyone know how ...
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Unable to see desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 [closed]

I am unable to see any Desktop in ubuntu. When I turn on computer, it just shows a black screen, no wallpaper. However, if I open a program say chrome and try switching to Desktop with Alt + Tab, I ...
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Xubuntu 13.04: How to hide backup files on desktop?

I just changed from Ubuntu 13.04 to Xubuntu 13.04 in an attempt to improve the performance of my slightly outdated notebook. Everything apparently went fine except that my desktop is now cluttered ...
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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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Ubuntu 13.04 : Logout button has gone missing

Somehow my logout/poweroff button has gone missing from the desktop, how do I restore it? Also I used to be able to select the WM to use before logging in (e.g. Unity, Gnome etc), but I don't get ...
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Pantheon Not Completely Installed?

I have just installed the pantheon shell today, and I have not found any help with this yet. I am not just a random noob, i use a bunch of other shells and i also have a few development applications ...
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Tk/Tcl error on Ubuntu 12.04

I have installed tk/tcl on ubuntu 12.04 sudo apt-get install tk tcl When I executed wish I had a problem that all my window applications: terminal, file manager, firefox, ... can't drag & icons: ...
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Setting the Desktop colour - always black - [duplicate]

The Setting I am constantly changing my background image, but occasionally I'd prefer to have a plane colour like a light blue or white. The Problem I right click on the Desktop, select Change ...
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Replace XFCE4 with Cinnamon without Log-In Screen

I have a Google I/O Chrome Pixel that I've been playing around with Crouton. This is my frist real shot at Ubuntu and have made the upgrade from 12.04 -> 13.04. Using chroot I can run both Chrome OS ...
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No Desktop - 13.04

Before I start. I am kind of new to Ubuntu. I upgrade to 13.04 and it seemed to go well. But when I logged in I got no launcher or anything. I can right click to bring up a menu and use the shortcut ...
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Screen doesn't dim down to save power on Ubuntu 13.04

While idling my screen does not dim down to save power on my ThinkPad T430. I use acpi_osi='!Windows 2012' to fix dimming for function keys. On some days while the beta dimming to save power ...
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How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows”? [duplicate]

How do I configure the launcher to “dodge windows” in 13.04? By unity revamped / like, please not batch files. I want to go into ccsm and enable it like in 11.10 or 12.04 with unity revamped. I don't ...
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Ubuntu splash Screen is now a gear and boot speed is slow [duplicate]

I installed lxde, gnome, and a whole bunch of other desktop environments the other day, and now while Ubuntu boots, the splash screen is now a gear on a gray background, and boot speeds have gone from ...
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Is there any difference between OS version beside DE and support time?

I'm sorry if this has been questioned many times, but I'm still not sure I understand fully. what's the different between LTS and normal release? other than support time, of course. I mean, is there ...
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A simple 4 desktop KDE

I just installed KDE, it has a LOT of options. What I want is 4 simple desktops that I can switch between. Each desktop should have it's own icons to run particular applications and programs, such ...
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How to analyze why “Try Ubuntu” does not launch?

I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop for i386 since I like to run it on an older computer which does not support 64bit. I successfully following this tutorial on how to create a bootable ...
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12.04.1 Server verses 12.04.1 Desktop - Wifi issue

I spent a couple of days trying to figure out why I could not connect to my wifi connection running 12.04.1 Server but installing 12.04.1 Desktop connects just fine, what am I missing here? It's the ...
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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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Emacs blinking when switching desktop on Ubuntu

I am using emacs with Ubuntu (12.04 LTS). I used the following command to put it on fullscreen (defun toggle-fullscreen (&optional f) (interactive) (let ((current-value ...
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Use a different .desktop file for different window managers

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 (Desktop) and I primarily use 2 window managers currently (xmonad and the standard unity). In xmonad I need to launch nautilus with the --no-desktop option, but when I am using ...
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How to solve wierd graphical issues in Ubuntu 12.10? [closed]

You can see with the following screen-shots that the notifications of the bottom right has glitches out and always shows up blank white. Top right notifications are not affected. Also something that ...
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Just installed Ubuntu 12.10, it works fine until I log out and log back in, then none of the programs load and I have a blank desktop

I'm new to these forums and pretty new to Ubuntu, but I've been trying to learn and I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my XPS17 as a dual-boot with windows 7. I had some problems during installation but ...
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I get a blank desktop with no icons , menu and bar [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn’t load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I setup the Ubuntu 12.10 for first time , when I login . desktop appear but there is no bar! there is no right click ...
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displaying gnome classic instead gnome 3 with fglrx driver

I installed ubuntu 12.04. I have 1GB AMD graphics card. my gnome was working fine until I installed fglrx driver. After that whenever I try to go in gnome 3 it ends up with classic display. What ...
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Unable to Login to ubuntu after installation of Gnome desktop

After installation of gnome desktop on my Ubuntu 12.04LTS, i'm unable to log in to my administrator account. Please note that using guest account I've removed gnome desktop and killed gnome session ...
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How to install gnome 3 desktop in Ubuntu 12.10 as alternative but not removing Unity so that i can switch on demand? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME Shell? Is this is the best way to change Unity to Gnome 3, will it allow to login to Unity again? (i love Gnome 3 i ...
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Can anyone tell me how to get the same Gnome desktop environment as the one in the photo?

I have been using gnome fallback for more than a year, but recently I have come across this image: However, when in virtual machine (new copy of ubuntu 12.04) I change to gnome 3 shell, the desktop ...