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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 ...
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Looking for a decent looking, battery-oriented desktop environment, with transparent panel

I have Ubuntu running on my laptop, and (especially since my laptop specs are a tad bit higher than budget machines) I need to optimize Ubuntu as much as possible to maximize my battery life. I've ...
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Sluggish switching of desktop environments in Ubuntu 12.04

Whenever I switch from Unity to Gnome Shell or Classic Gnome, it sometimes takes what seems to be an awful long time to get to the new desktop. If I remember correctly, one time it took over 2 mins. ...
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How to change the badges for the xsessions in LightDM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change circular icon to indicate chosen session in unity-greeter (lightdm) In LightDM, the sessions now display a "badge" with a logo for the xsessions, but badges ...
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How do I install XFCE so I can choose it as the desktop environment at login? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I switch to Xubuntu? I am currently running the vanilla Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop. At first I liked the Unity desktop (the previous version I used was 10.04 LTS) ...
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Does running the vanilla Ubuntu 14.04 with MATE D.E. installed provide the same reduced resource usage benefit as running Ubuntu MATE 14.04?

My girlfriend is running Ubuntu 14.04 on her entry level laptop. Ubuntu uses more system resources than some other desktop environments, particularly MATE. I'd like to increase the performance of ...
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Windows 8 tiles apperance in Ubuntu

Is it possible to have Windows 8 - like tiles in Ubuntu Unity or other desktop environments,where your tiles act as links to applications?
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How do I uninstall the Ubuntu Studio desktop package?

I have installed ubuntustudio-desktop for Ubuntu 12.04.1 on my computer. Then I noticed that there is no practical difference (with the non studio version) with the exception of Xfce and new start ...
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network bridge - without destroying network manager

I have seen a lot of questions related to Bridge and network manager. however none of them seem to apply to what i seen AND want. I setup my bridge in /etc/network/interfaces. This works perfectly; ...
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GUI keyword confusion

Ive been using linux for some time, and ive never quite got my head around the various keywords attached to the GUI. I think i understand the difference between the likes of KDE and Gnome - They are ...
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How to check using the command line which display manager is running?

I am using Ubuntu and linux mint, on linux mint i am using the XFCE desktop environment,as far as i know, the XFCE is a graphical frontend to the xserver, but i am not sure, if the XFCE could be also ...
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Difference between gnome-shell & ubuntu-gnome-desktop

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (32-bit). Now I want to install Gnome Desktop Environment (without removing unity). I know I can install by following command: sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ...
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Can I uninstall Gnome?

I have Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity as DE installed on my PC. But I recently found out that Gnome DE is installed, too. I don't need Gnome, never use it, so I wannt to remove it. Can I do this without ...
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How to move icons on Kubuntu?

I'm new to Linux world. Recently I've installed Kubuntu and I don't know how to move icons on the desktop. When I drag an icon from applications (start menu) and drop it, I can't move it anymore. For ...
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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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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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How to make my desktop empty

How to make my desktop empty, that means when I login I need my desktop blank. I doesn't need any launchers and top indicator panel, I need empty screen(black) only. Is it possible and how?
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How to make alt-w close current tab, not current window, in Gnome Shell

I'm trying Gnome Shell, after moving over from Unity. In Unity, I'd press ctrl+w to close the current tab, and alt+F4 to close the current window (e.g. in gedit and Firefox). Now, in Gnome Shell, ...
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Is it safe to use the Linux Mint repository in Ubuntu?

Let's say, for instance, I wanted to try the Cinnamon desktop in Ubuntu. Are there any dangers (in terms of stability & security) in adding the Linux Mint repository to my software sources? Should ...
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I'm stuck on User Defined Session destop environment

I just installed Ubuntu for the first time dual boot so I get to choose Ubuntu or windows. I then changed the setting where is doesn't ask for my password when booting up. I then installed Edubuntu ...
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Any file browser well integrated into Ubuntu 14.04LTS desktop able to open desktop folders in tabs instead a new window?

Double clicking on folders in the desktop interface of Ubuntu will open them in Nautilus. This is a briefing of my research so far: I have installed PcManFM. I like it because it very quick. However, ...
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Insert text blocks everywhere

In german you start mails and letters with "Sehr geehrter Herr ....". I am tired of typing this again and again. And I am tired of configuring applications to give me shortcuts to insert text blocks ...
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How to manage the icons in the top bar (14.04 & metacity)

I've installed VirtualBox and this icon appeared in the desktop top bar. I now how to add icons with drag & drop but how to remove one? When trying to drap&drop it in the destop trash ...
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Xubuntu and Xubuntu-desktop

Is Ubuntu+Xubuntu-desktop exactly the same as installing Xubuntu from the ISO? If not, what are the differences?
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What are the risks if install a secondary desktop environment / interface on my ubuntu? [closed]

I know I can install different desktop UIs on Ubuntu, but I am concerned because I read that there are sometimes risks like when the config files for one desktop environment are corrupted or modified ...
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Is there any particular desktop environment which android uses and is there any way to get on on Ubuntu?

As android is based on Linux, it might have a desktop environment. So is it possible to get it on Ubuntu or at least build it from source to use it on Ubuntu?
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How to install Gnome in Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

Is there a way to install Gnome on trusty tahr?
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How to get rid of KDE look and feel parts in other DEs?

I've installed kubuntu-desktop to try. KDE disappointed me, I removed it by means of sudo apt-get remove --purge kde-*, then autoremove (it is well known that just sudo apt-get remove --purge ...
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How to make KDE Desktop my actual desktop?

I'm running the KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 14.04LTS. Is there a way to make it recognize my KDE desktop as THE desktop during a KDE session? Currently, if I save a file to my "desktop" it's not on the ...
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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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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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Why am I stuck with a version of GNOME Shell unlike KDE or other desktop environments?

Why am I stuck with a version of GNOME Shell unlike KDE? For example, on Ubuntu 12.04 I am stuck with GNOME Shell version 3.4, and I can't upgrade to a newer version of GNOME Shell like 3.6. With ...
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How to move to KDE? [duplicate]

i use Ubuntu 12.04 with GNOME as default desktop environment. How to remove GNOME and install KDE as desktop environment ?
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Customization: Specific DE for specific User

Is it possible to setup? Suppose, I have two users: Home and Work. For Home I want to use GNOME Shell or KDE a beautiful DE. (Or something else) For Work I want to use LXDE or MATE as fastest DE. ...
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Does installing extra desktop metapackages increase “start-up time”?

So, in the interest of feeling informed about the varied desktop environments that exist, I've performed two apt-get install for xubuntu-desktop and lubuntu-desktop in recent months. I didn't really ...
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Problem installing multiple desktop environments?

I currently have Unity and Gnome 3.6 installed on my computer and i want to check out the KDE desktop environment. Is there problem installing multiple desktop environs on my desktop?
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Loading extension GLX : screen freezes

I installed Ubuntu Server edition 12.10 on a server (with 16 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk). The installation was successful, after which I tried installing GUI using the below command sudo apt-get ...
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KDE desktop environment alongside GNOME

I'm using Ubuntu and I would like to experience KDE desktop environment. I have installed KDE in full mode using apt-get install with no error but no further effects occurred. I don't know how to use ...
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Weird change in theme

I've had something really weird happen to my 12.04. I was installing new desktop environments, and now I have no sound through my headphones and the "pop up" theme has changed. by pop up, I mean the ...
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Which desktops are completely minimalist? [closed]

I have been searching around at different desktop environments and a couple days ago, I came across a post that listed an environment that was completely blank and the menu was accessed through a ...
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How can I open an application without making it appear (at all) in the Unity launcher?

I want to open a startup application in background, but i dont want too see it in common Unity panel at the left side. At the worst it will be at the task bar (where there is a clock). Thanks for ...
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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 to find out the name desktop manager package running on my ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Determine what window manager or desktop is running? I had an issue with my mouse pointer (touchpad) getting stuck frequently. In order to report that as a bug, I wanted ...
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After installing nautilus-open-terminal, my desktop looks ugly [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Desktop forgets theme? I installed nautilus-open-terminal package to Ubuntu 11.04 (installed in Virtual Box), and my ubuntu desktop looks old. Please look at: How ...
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Begining Development for Ubuntu (and Linux in General). Where to start? [on hold]

I realize this is not particularly a good question to ask here as it is largely opinion based but I'm not really sure where else to post this. Recently, I moved over to Ubuntu as my primary OS and am ...
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Ubuntu desktop freezes sometimes

After having installed Ubuntu 14.10 freshly, I still have the same error that I already had in 14.04 and 12.04. The desktop sometimes just freezes. To use the desktop again I press Ctrl+Alt+F8 and ...
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How to remove Chrome OS Desktop Environment?

I tried to install Chrome OS Desktop Environment but it didn't worked from some reason. I was prompted with a message saying that there is some error, so how can I remove the installed components?
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How can I configure clipboard as Windows?

Windows 7, XP... maintains the copy text if you close the application. How could I configure Ubuntu for this behavior? Thanks in advance!