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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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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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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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Get kubuntu, Mythbuntu,Edubuntu,Xubuntu etc in Ubuntu

Hey I want best of all worlds and hence I want that i have Kubuntu,edubuntu Xubuntu etc in my single ubuntu installation can someone please help??
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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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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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Desktop environment menu missing on 12.10

I am using ubuntu 12.10 and when I go to the login screen it doesn't have the desktop environment menu. There is no button for the menu which is really annoying because I want to change environment.
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Cinnamon stops working on ubuntu 13.04 [closed]

I upgraded from 12.10 to 13.04 and cinnamon stops working. When I load cinnamon it only displays a slow responding cursor over a black screen. And the desktop never loads. So (for getting access to ...
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How do I uninstall Cinnamon?

So I installed the cinnamon desktop environment on Ubuntu 12.10 but now I want to uninstall it. What would the command line(s) be to uninstall it?
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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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Unity, gnome-shell and Cinnamon don't have their top panel after removing Lubuntu

Using Ubuntu 12.04. First it came with Unity, then with a zeal of trying other Desktop Environments and I have installed GNOME-shell and no conflicts, works fine. Then I have gone through Lubuntu and ...
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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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How heavy on resources is Cinnamon desktop environment?

I have a 1GB RAM PC running Lubuntu. In Xubuntu is still ok, but in KDE and Unity it is not. (The condition of my PC appears clearly in this answer). Compared to these DE-s, where stands Cinnamon? I ...
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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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Ubuntu Tablet Interface Structure [duplicate]

ANSWER: I currently have all of the Ubuntu touch apps working on my Dell XPS 12 and although unstable, Unity 8 works well too. So I'd accept that all of the tablet features will be working in due ...
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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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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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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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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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How to change working directory when open a file with double clicking on ubuntu desktop?

Wanted to open a file (.pdb file: protein structure format, never mind) by a double-click. The "open with" is manually directed to execute "pymol" (a program that open the .pdb format) with Ubuntu ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there an android-like live wallpaper for unity?

Is there any program which can run a 'live wallpaper' like the ones in Android? I've searched quite a bit but haven't found anything usable yet. anibg looks promising, but it is not working in 12.10. ...
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What is the difference between the various Ubuntu flavours? [duplicate]

What is the main difference between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mythbuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu and Lubuntu?
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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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How do I install and switch to the Unity 2D desktop?

I read that there is now a 2D version of Unity built on Qt. How do I install it, and once it's installed, how do I switch to it?
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Proxy setting under xfce within virtual machine

My Ubuntu is within a virtual machine. When I log in with a ubuntu session, the web browser works fine. But when I log in with a xfce session, the web browser does not work... I try to change proxy ...
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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager?

As the title says. I'm having a really hard time trying to understand what the differences between a desktop environment and a window manager are? EDIT: This is what I found out later. There are ...
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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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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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Installing MATE desktop environment without installing the applications

I want to install MATE desktop only, without applications. I already have apps from GNOME 3 - nautilus, file-roller, gedit. But when I sudo apt-get install mate-core, it asks to install caja, pluma, ...
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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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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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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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Move the position of the opened apps in the taskbar with the mouse or keyboard

is there any desktop environment, windows manager or fork of ubuntu 12.04 that permits moving the apps in the taskbar (traditional taskbar, not unity left panel)???? You know, for example in Firefox I ...
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How do I remove lubuntu-desktop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to completely remove desktop? I wanted to try lubuntu-desktop so I installed it with sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop. But when I didn't like it I wanted to ...
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How to remove unity and unity 2d and install KDE in Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit

How to remove unity and unity 2d and install KDE in Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit? I want to install the latest KDE.