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How does display manager know which WM/DE to run?

I switched to Arch for a while and got very used to booting to the terminal, logging in, and running "startx" to start my WM. I, of course, could change which WM or DE to run in the ~/.xinitrc file. ...
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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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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 change to other desktop environment on VNC sessions?

On my system I will use VNC to login. But at this time, after connect to the pc, I get the automatic login with unity desktop. What I have to do, to have gnome desktop on VNC connection instead of ...
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Programs in different desktop environments

I have a question which might be defined as a "nooby" one. Do programs that work on Ubuntu 13.04 Unity NECESSARILY work on other desktop environments (such as Lubuntu)? And by programs I mean... ...
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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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Battery problem

Ubuntu's unity eats up my Asus Eee PC's battery, in a few minutes, with Libreoffice running. Should i reduce the memory usage of Libreoffice, or get a spare desktop environment?
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list all installed desktop Environments in Ubuntu

I am Using Ubuntu 13.04 and I have installed many desktops environments to try them. Now I want to know is there any way I can list all the installed desktop environments from the command line tool.
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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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Ubuntu vs lubuntu for desktop?

Are the UI and speed of operation the only differences ? I want to know if the functionality is the same or not. Thanks.
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Plugin ubuntu Desktop [closed]

I'm want to do a plugin to Ubuntu in my term paper, but i never had seen something like this to ubuntu. I want to know about the complexity to "extend" an OS, how much time will spend to do something ...
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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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Gnome Desktop Environment [duplicate]

I know that this may be a silly question but I'm really stucked here and I really don't know how to go on with this: how can I install Gnome in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? Thank you in advance.
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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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Why does /etc/issue show me Ubuntu and not Lubuntu?

cat /etc/issue shows me Ubuntu 13.04 \n \l but I'm on Lubuntu 13.04. What is the purpose of /etc/issue? Also, what does \n \l in the output mean? There's also issue.net which has just Ubuntu ...
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Difference between Unity and GNOME

I often come across the terms Unity and GNOME while reading about Ubuntu. I understand that Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. What is GNOME and how is it related to/different from ...
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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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Switching from Ubuntu Desktop to Ubuntu Tablet

I have been considering buying a Lenovo Yoga 11S (I am aware that I will have to recompile the kernel due to the wireless driver). My main concern is having a good experience in both laptop mode and ...
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GNOME classic minimizer tweak/similar desktop enviorment

I've been using the GNOME classic desktop environment for Ubuntu 12.04 for a while now, and after installing conky, I've realized that the taskbars make it look cluttered. Are there any tweaking ...
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Switching from Server to Desktop

I have Ubuntu server 12.10 and I would like to switch to desktop and would like to know how? Thanks
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How do I configure a minimal desktop environment?

At work I have an option of using Windows or Linux. I'm a Java programmer, so I don't necessary need to use windows. And honestly, I'm looking forward to gaining some experience with Linux. I haven't ...
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terminal window appears after login?

04.4LTS VERSION My system works fine but yesterday I just reinstalled Wine and in the process of installing it started responding slowly as I am unaware of that situation,started pressing ESC and ...
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Ubuntu boots on terminal only, how do I recover the GUI desktop?

Where is my Ubuntu desktop? Its booting and going always default to terminal screen, if i press Ctrl+Alt+F7 still in terminal Ctrl+Alt+F1 still in terminal. No GUI, how do I recover it? EDIT: ...
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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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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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no login screen after 12.10 ubuntu update

i am running dual boot os machine including windows7 and ubuntu. few days back, i did update to 12.10 version, and at that time i was using gnome fallback desktop environment. while doing update, i ...
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GUI for Server Editions

I'm developing a Photo sharing app so that I can seamlessly upload to my photos to my Home Computer even when I'm too much far from my Home. For this purpose I'm planning to setup my own Home server ...
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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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Firefox can not start up

I am facing this error when I start firefox Your Firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible. I just installed ubuntu so I do not know what's wrong with it. I am using ...
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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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Is the whole desktop of Linux Deepin available to install in Ubuntu?

Title says all. Is there any repository from which I can simply "sudo apt-get install" the Deepin desktop with all the applications related? I find Unity really usable, but very ugly, and I'm curious ...
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Blank menu bar in LXDE

As depicted above, I have a blank menu bar in my LXDE desktop environment. I am running this desktop with regular Ubuntu 13.04. I have tried re-installing LXDE: sudo apt-get install --reinstall ...
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Start ubuntu without a desktop environment but start an X application

I want to do a small computer just for internet browsing. I dont want to load a desktop environment to keep RAM, CPU and GPU ussage as low as possible. The computer is going to run on a ARM CPU. I ...
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How to change account profile picture?

I can't believe I have to ask this...but, how do I change my account profile picture in Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop? One would think it would be under the "User Accounts" section.
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how to install e17 on ubuntu server

I'd like to install e 17 on ubuntu server and have added the ppa and installed lightdm allready. But when I try to choose e17 at the login there is no option to choose it. When i log in the screen ...
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How did I uninstall KDE in 13.04?

I wanted to uninstall kde-standard package (not confused with kubuntu-desktop) and all of KDE-related packages in 13.04. Seems lightdm shows too many desktops (because I installed lot of DEs) so Unity ...
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How do I install three desktops?

In lubuntu I could add desktops. I don't see that in Ubuntu. I am using the default installed Ubuntu. Thank you; Sherman
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Ubuntu 13.04 desktop background problem

I have a problem with my desktop background after last update. My Desktop wall paper looks like mosaic and when I open any window, the background keeps the trail of it. I've tried running in fail ...
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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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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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How to make drag&drop to move files instead of copy on Xfce desktop (Thunar 1.6.2)?

On the Xfce 12.10 desktop drag&drop to move files into a folder would copy them instead of moving (cut/paste) them. I tend to have many files on the desktop and usually I grab them and put them ...
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How to use KDE or Gnome hardware/network detection in another desktop environment?

I like to run light Window Managers, like Fluxbox, not for performance just because I find them simpler to configure and they fit better my working style. But having automatic hardware and network ...
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How to capture Code::Blocks screenshot

I'm trying to make some notes of Code::Blocks with wxWidgets. I have a wxChoice box on the screen. With the list collapsed (i.e., unexpanded) I can get a screenshot of the form. However, with it ...
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Updating to Ubuntu Studio

I would like to install Ubuntu Studio on my computer which has currently a dual boot Ubuntu_13.04/Windows_7. Surfing in the internet I saw that it is possible to upgrade Ubuntu to Ubuntu Studio. The ...
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Nagstamon doesn't show in Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm trying to do the nagstamon work on Ubuntu 12.04, but after setting my credentials only, the other setting I kept default, it doesn't show anywhere. I'm sure it's running 'cause of ps aux | grep ...
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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 ...