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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 ...
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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: ...