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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.
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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a shell?

I may be asking a basic question for many of you. What is exactly linux environment ? and what the relation between linux environment and shell? and what the relation between linux environment and ...
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Unity works wrong after installing other DEs

I have installed the LXDE, KDE, and GNOME environments besides unity, and also their login managers. It worked all fine, but after a while, unity starts to use the LXDE icons in the panel at the top, ...
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Blank desktop after upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10

My system: 32 bit, PIV 2.4 Ghz, 1GB RAM, No Graphic Card, Windows / Ubuntu dual boot system. Two days ago, I did upgrade, which went smoothly. After restarting system, and doing login, I see only ...
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Why hasn't the “Mac” method of a Application Bundle with static bundled dependencies been more adopted? [closed]

My question is in regards to application installation methods, I have been a Linux Desktop user for over 10 years and one thing that's always bugged me the way applications are installed.. when I ...
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How to install different desktop managers on different tty

How do I install different desktop managers like Unity, KDE, XFCE etc in different ttys so that I could toggle them using CtrlAlt+F N, where N is 4,5,6 etc. In this answer I got the hint of such ...
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Clean install cinnamon

I installed cinnamon a while ago and didn't like it so I removed it (followed some post online to remove it completely as apt-get autoremove cinnamon wasn't very successful). After removing it, I was ...
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xubuntu's desktop behaves abnormally

My xubuntu used to work well but today it doesn't seem good: As you can see, only a rectangle part is available now, the rest space is grey and right clicking the grey part doesn't seem to work... ...
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No Unity, Desktop Icons (13.10) [duplicate]

After 3 reinstalls on my Dell Dimension 2400, I can only see the desktop background and the cursor. Nothing else appears. I have tried removing, redownloading and reinstalling ubuntu-desktop. I have ...
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I changed to a desktop environment that I didnt install [closed]

I changed the desktop environment to gnome which I didn't install. Now I just see my desktop but I can't see my task bar and application bar. What do I do to get bacteria to my normal desktop ...
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Problem with auto log in

I have installed several desktop-environments. When one is used, next time, I'm automatically logged in it (without entering log-in password). The problem is that I logged into a desktop environment ...
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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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Trying to remove Ubuntu-desktop with tasksel returns “aptitude failed”

I am following this guide trying to turn my Ubuntu-desktop-installation into Ubuntu-server. However, I am having problems already in step 2. Using tasksel to remove/install anything returns with: ...
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Disabling the Ubntu desktop enviourment

I have Ubuntu 13.04 setup I Want to disable the feature(Dash , Default search, left click and right click option on desktop) of Ubuntu desktop environment . I found these commands for disabling right ...
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Problem with desktop on Precise 12.04

My desktop looks like this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/310276/Screenshot%20from%202013-11-21%2012%3A17%3A41.png I am not quite sure how this happened, but it could be after a recent ...
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Installing GNOME 1 or 2.6 or any early 2004 versions of GNOME on ubuntu 12.04

I would like to experience the older version of computers, but with latest software If possible give me a solution using Terminal
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Wich environment is faster than Unity?

I'm having a little trouble using my 305u samsung laptop with Ubuntu 13.10, it gets really slow. Is there some environment like Gnome3 or other that can make it work faster than in unity?
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Auto switch workspaces

I have several monitoring applications that we would like to project using a projector in the IT area of our office. One of the apps is a Java application (so auto switching tabs in a browser will ...
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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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13.10 cannot login to Ubuntu default desktop environment - must use GNOME Flashback or Cinnamon

On boot at the password prompt - after I enter my password I get some error popup which disappears too fast to see then it reverts back to same password login Greeter screen. Same screen has icons ...
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How to run a complete GUI as root?

I don't care if I mess up the system (which is likely if I do things like this), or the potential security issues that this could imply. Note, that I don't just want to "enable root login?", but run ...
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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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Firefox option to restore session on startup is greyed out

Firefox's Edit->Preferences->General->When Firefox Starts menu has several options, but the last one, "Show Windows and tabs from last time" is greyed out and unavailable. Anyone know why ...
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Desktop is all blurred! Help!

I'm in desperate need of help. I have no idea why my desktop is getting all blurred when I move things around on the screen or move between screens, minimize things, or highlight icons on the ...
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Application to reproduce Mac OS X full screen mode?

I am currently running Xubuntu 13.04, but this would also be cool on Stock Ubuntu. I am a big fan of the way full screen works in Mac OS X, and would like to reproduce the effect on Linux with ...
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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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Switch Desktop Environment from Command Line

I have Ubuntu Gnome installed on a headless box. I use SSH or VNC to connect to it. I'm trying to switch to XFCE and I've got it installed, but the tutorials say to log out, and select the desktop ...