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Is running Cinnamon on Lubuntu a good idea?

I dont really want to use linux mint 14 cinnamon, but I love the interface. Is it a good idea to stick to Ubuntu and run cinnamon on it? Does it work 100% fine? Another thing: is it a good idea to ...
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What are the choices for the Ubuntu desktop GUI and how do I enable them?

I am new to Ubuntu and have installed the 12.10 in VM on my laptop. I've installed the Vmware tools as well. However, the VM boots to the command-line. A few questions: What are the choices of ...
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What is the lightest KDE I can use on Ubuntu?

Default KDE is not running good on my PC and it's too slow. I switched to Unity-2D and it's better. Wanted to ask if there is a more simple, lighter KDE that would work better on my PC.
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How can I find which desktop enviroment I am using? [duplicate]

as the title: How can I find which desktop environment I am using? I want to accomplish this using command line.
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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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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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Will Ubuntu get an asset set to allow Qt applications using GTK style buttons?

Given the recent movement towards Qt as a primary development platform for Ubuntu and the underlying Gnome standard application set: Are there plans to have GTK style buttons available in a simple ...
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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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How to become active directly an open app?

I'm wondering how do you switch the open apps.. what do you usually use to go directly to an app? are you using any shortcuts? are you placing the apps in different desktops and go to them using ...
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Lubuntu Desktop UI Alternative

Having gotten sick of Windows 7 Starter Edition for being so ridiculously slow on my Netbook, not long after I bought it I installed Lubuntu so that I could actually get things done without having to ...
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Where is the window switcher in ubuntu 12.10?

I just installed the new ubuntu 12.10. I also installed the Compiz Settings Manager because I like to customize the desktop a little bit. I really like the window switcher that used to come with ...
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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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Is it possible to use multiple desktop environments on same system?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I want to try out KDE and other desktop environments. But I'm not sure if I'll like them enough to switch permanently. I want to be safe and make a transition in a piecemeal ...
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Applied maintenance to Ubuntu 12.04 (upgrade to kernel 3.2.0-39); after restart my desktop is not responding

After applying maintenance via Update Manager, my desktop freezes after a few seconds. There are two links on ubuntuforums that mentions this as well. Is there anything I can do to correct this ...
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how to create a desktop environemt

I want to create a desktop environment for Ubuntu and Linux can you tell me how to do that i want the best easiest way to do that. can i use qt Linux embedded to do that if it is then i want to use ...
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How to install Pear Linux's shell in Ubuntu?

For people who doesn't know what Pear Linux is: Pear Linux is a French Ubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution. Some of its features include ease-of-use, custom user interface with a Mac OS ...
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How do I uninstall the Chrome (OS) desktop enviroment?

So, yesterday I installed the Chrome OS desktop environment for Ubuntu (12.04). It didn't work (probably because the install was corrupted). But anyways, how can I remove it?
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Ubuntu: desktop sidebar is not appearing [duplicate]

I am facing an issue while starting my ubuntu 12.04LTS system. The launcher is not appearing on the desktop . I already used unity --reset command and applications -files but still i am getting the ...
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Desktop environment in Ubuntu

I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 that I wanted to run Ubuntu 12.04 on, after installing it on VirtualBox it was very sluggish and was using 100% CPU so I switched the desktop environment to LXDE but it ...
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How to make workspaces joined as extended desktop?

I'm working with very wide windows that are longer than my screen width. When I'm in my office I use two monitors (laptop + external monitor) and such windows are spreaded over this extended ...
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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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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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Do many desktop environments slow down the system?

Ubuntu originally has several available desktop environments to be chosen during login (like Gnome and Unity). I want to install others like KDE, LXDE, XFCE, etc. I wonder if installing many other ...
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No desktop on new installation [duplicate]

I have just installed Ubuntu on a laptop running XP pro and there are no desktop icons....in fact, there is no desktop at all. Can anyone help? I am a newb where linux is concerned and I have searched ...
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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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How to avoid in the task bar other Workspace application icons?

What I want is that when I go to ones of my Workspaces, in the task bar where all current running app is showed, just appear app in the current Workspace. How can I do that?
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How do I enable desktop environment?

I have just installed Ubuntu 12.10 and am able to successfully log in, but when I get to the desktop, it is blank. Terminal is functioning. Dell inspiron 710m, integrated intel graphics. I have tried ...
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Updates on Ubuntu after changing Desktop Environment

I am planning to switch my desktop environment and I am a noob with linux and ubuntu and I just use it as it is no other software is installed but now I want to change to a different desktop ...
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Why are the positions of the windows of the same application in a birdview not fixed?

Suppose you have opened several windows of an application, such as opened several pdf files using evince. Then the windows will cluster in the icon of the application on the left panel of the desktop. ...
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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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how to set a PATH of ProofPower in Ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Respected Fellows, I am using a formal verification tool ProofPower in Ubuntu 12.04, but i don't that how can i set a PATH or environment variables in Ubuntu 12.04. My ProofPower bin path is : ...
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Disabled desktop expo through compiz manager and now no desktop [duplicate]

I disabled the expo in order to remove the workspaces, but now I dont have anything but blank desktop. the apps panel and the menu panel are gone an dI ahve no idea how to restore them
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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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How can I remove leftover bits of kde-standard?

I've been looking into different desktop environments, so I decided I'd give kde a try instead of the normal Unity. I installed kde through: sudo apt-get install kde-standard Re-logged and ...
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How to completely remove ALL flavours of Ubuntu from Ubuntu Studio

Er, this may be crazy, I installed all flavours of Ubuntu (Ubuntu Desktop, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu) onto my computer. Now I want to completely remove ALL to get back my Ubuntu ...
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How heavy is Mate desktop environment? [closed]

Considering the same reasons as in this previous question on Cinnamon, it would be interesting to know where does Mate DE stands in this context - between Unity and KDE on the one hand, and Xfce and ...
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How to re-install kde splash screen with tty1 [closed]

I accidentally uninstalled the splash screen I was using in Kubuntu 11.10 and now it takes me to tty. Can any body tell me how to re-install the kde splash screen so I can login and use my computer ...
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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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What desktop environment should I choose for gaming? [closed]

I'm finally getting rid of Windows for good. Now I'm looking for a good desktop environment for gaming performance. Which desktop environments are best for gaming? Do some environments have features ...
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How to modify default printscreen behaviour?

The Prnt Scrn button currently takes a screenshot and saves it in ~/Pictures. How can I modify the behaviour I want for the Prnt Scrn button? Use case: I want to take a screenshot and go to GIMP and ...
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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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How to run two DE's on one partition

How to segregate 2 desktop editions (kde/gnome) installed on one partition using kdm/gdm to start, doesn't matter which. But not share the apps, bins or libs. I don't want the mish-mush of Gnome and ...
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Desktop environment agnostic method for prompting the user for a password?

In Gnome, there is gksudo. In KDE, there is kdesudo. Is there a command that can be run on any desktop environment that will prompt the user for the root password and then run a command?
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How to enable lubuntu-12.10-alternate-amd64.iso to PXE network install the graphical desktop?

I have successfully used lubuntu-12.10-alternate-amd64.iso to PXE network install a server. But so far, I have not been able to get the desktop login installed regardless what I put in in the preseed ...
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KDE and Gnome option at Booting

Can I have selection menu of KDE and Gnome at log-on enabling to select which environment I want to boot into in Ubuntu 12.04
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Where can I get Project Looking Glass source code?

I came across Project Looking Glass while searching for different desktop managers. I saw a few previews and I would like to get it on 12.04. The site from Project Looking Glass's Wikipedia page ( ...
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How I can launch my browser and Nautilus using defaults Ubuntu 12.04 shortcut?

In keyboard shortcut settings I see a launcher section that have 'WWW' and 'Explorer' labels inside the key combination column of the shortcut definition. What keys I must press to launch my browser ...
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Custom desktop environment for Debian/Ubuntu [closed]

I like Unity a lot for its gorgeous dash and panel look, the global menu and HUD, the super+# shortcuts and that's it. I really hate it for the stupid launcher and its general inflexibility compared ...