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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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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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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 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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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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KDE desktop environment alongside GNOME

I'm using Ubuntu and I would like to experience KDE desktop environment. I have installed KDE in full mode using apt-get install with no error but no further effects occurred. I don't know how to use ...
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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Change launcher icon opacity/brightness

Is there any way to reduce the opacity/brightness of launcher icons in Ubuntu 12? They are too vivid and colorful, which distracts me a little. Coders will know. It wouldn't bother me if 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 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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start terminal from bootable USB drive

I am running Ubuntu from a bootable USB drive on an old machine. The graphical interface is using up all the memory and I actually just need a terminal. Is there a way to not start the desktop ...
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Compiz desktop cube not working properly

On Ubuntu 12.10, I downloaded ccsm and enabled all the plugins required for desktop cube, like I usually did in 10.10. But it's appearing as it should be. I have attached a screenshot for your ...
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Unity and KDE desktop on the same screen

As you can see in the screenshot below, the user has managed to run KDE desktop in Unity (or vice versa?) I've already installed kubuntu-desktop package and CompizConfig Settings Manager and also ...
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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 is KDE, GTK, GTK+, QT, and/or GNOME?

I'm new to Ubuntu (and linux in general). Some times when looking at programs in the Ubuntu Software Center, I see things about the programs being 'for the GTK+ environment', or 'for GNOME', or a ...
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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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Where are logon and startup scripts for graphical settings located and how are they managed?

Where and how are the Ubuntu equivalent of your personal Windows configuration stored? Something akin to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run as well as the Start Up menu. ...
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Remove ubuntu-gnome-desktop?

I've recently installed ubuntu-gnome-desktop on my Ubuntu 12.10 32 bit system. It all worked, but now I would like to remove it again, since I like Unity better. This includes undoing all changes like ...
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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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How to install Lubuntu Desktop Environment and ONLY the desktop environment?

I have a slower computer that I would like to use the Lubuntu desktop environment with. However, I do not want to install any of the software that is not related to the desktop environment. I am ...
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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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Is Ubuntu Phone's GUI going to be ported to desktop Ubuntu?

Now that even cheap laptops are coming with touchscreens I was wondering if Canonical plans to include its new touch version of Unity GUI on regular Ubuntu for use in laptops and desktops.
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Desktop files moved to secondary monitor

when I hook up a secondary monitor (to give a presentation or something) all my desktop files are placed on the secondary monitor. I want them to remain on my laptop desktop, which is emptied when I ...
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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 ...
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I get a blank desktop with no icons , menu and bar [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn’t load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I setup the Ubuntu 12.10 for first time , when I login . desktop appear but there is no bar! there is no right click ...
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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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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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What window managers (or desktop environments) can group window icons in the taskbar like Windows 7?

I find it much faster to identify a window in the taskbar (window list) by its icon, rather than by its text: The problem with most window managers I've switched among is that they don't group ...
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Lightdm-too many desktop envirements

Today I tried to play with LXDE. After installing I go to login screen and try to select LXDE from list of avaible DE, but I can't select OK after that. . I know this is bug, but maybe somebody can ...
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“/etc/X11/X not executable” error when startx

What happened I wanted to install KDE and Gnome along with Unity. I don't know when I installed gnome-shell on my Ubuntu 12.10, but I installed KDE minimal desktop just now using sudo apt-get ...
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Why is Unity a “slow” desktop environment?

Background First of all, this is not a question about opinions. I am assuming that we are talking about Unity 3D and on a computer with decent graphics configuration. By "desktop environment", I am ...
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Are there linux distros running Unity by default, besides Ubuntu?

I read that OpenSuse ported Ubuntu's Unity desktop and made a repository, also available in Fedora and Arch. I was wondering if, besides Ubuntu, any other distro (or spin) is using Unity as default.
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Why am I missing the Ubuntu icon on the log-in screen?

I am running Ubuntu 12.10. On the log-in screen, there is no Ubuntu icon for me to click on to change desktop environments. I know where it should be, but it is simply not there. Why is this? And how ...
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Why did Ubuntu change from “Gnome-desktop” to “Unity”? [closed]

What was so bad about gnome and what was so good about unity?
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How do I make the login screens and boot splashes match when installing different desktops?

I wanted to try out different desktop environments so I installed XFCE, KDE, GNOME, etc on top of Unity in Ubuntu 12.04 After a while I decided that I didn't like those other DEs and would stick to ...