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Lubuntu Package Only Halfway install [on hold]

How can I repair the download from the terminal? It was installing Lubuntu 14.04 when the terminal was closed. After that the Desktop only has a logout option and if I try to do any keyboard ...
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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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Lubuntu Desktop preferences is gone

I hope someone can help me. "Desktop preferences" is gone. I use Lubuntu and I cant cant open desktop preferences. When I click, comes a error message: "desktop administrato is not active" I've ...
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How do I install MATE (the desktop environment)?

I have seen several youtube videos that are showing MATE (The Gnome 2.x fork) installed in 11.10. How can I install it to test it out in 11.10 and above. If it helps the only sources I know of are: ...
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pantheon & elementary os not working correctly [on hold]

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop I tried to install Pantheon desktop enviroment because I tried it on the elementary os before and I liked it but the last version of elementary os is ...
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Where to Start to create a Unity/Gnome3 Hybrid? [on hold]

First, is it possible to take some features from Unity, and some from Gnome3 and make a custom Shell? As background, I've been using Unity for a while, and was fairly satisfied with it. However, ...
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Lost kde desktop effect after installing nvidia drivers

I have lost all desktop effects after installing the new driver of my graphic card. When I try to start it manually, I got an error and the details I got is : For technical reasons it is not ...
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Why my Alt Tab has become ugly? under Kubuntu 14.04

I don't know why and when it happened, but now, when I use ALT+TAB, it only displays icons of the applications instead of previews. Also, when I moved the cursor of my mouse in the top left corner of ...
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An easy way to create a desktop shortcut?

I wonder, isn't there still an easy way to create a desktop shortcut in Ubuntu 14.04 (or Unity)? There is no context menu on desktop doing this. So I tried the following: I looked for an app I want ...
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Can i install Deepin Desktop Environment 2 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I have tried to install Deepin DE from this . But it doesn't work. In this article they have used PPA from "raring ringtail." I want to install Deepin DE from trusty PPA. But I can't found the PPA. ...
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How do I install LXDE / Lubuntu?

I want to install lubuntu on my current (pre-existing) Ubuntu Install because of it's light-weight footprint. Can I preserve currently installed apps after installation?
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The Properties dialog box not working for any Start Menu Program Lubuntu 14.04

When Lubuntu 14.04 first came out, the Properties dialog was present for all Start Menu Programs but did not work when right-clicked on as nothing happened and no other box popped up the the Start ...
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Add Folder Name on Desktop [duplicate]

I cannot get the title of a folder on my desktop to display the name. Is there a way to get this working in 14.04? This (from a Mac) is what I am trying to get to: This is what my Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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Why is Lubuntu default desktop environment

So I just wanted to try things out on 14.04, so I did sudo apt-get install lxde sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop When I get to the greeter, it reads Lubuntu (Default) Lubuntu Netbook LXDE ...
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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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Installation PROBLEM : unity Ubuntu-Desktop [duplicate]

Currently I am using Gnome-Shell but now I want to use unity Desktop. I tried to install ubuntu-desktop by following command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Its showing following error The ...
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Gnome instead of Ubuntu default desktop environement

I've created a new standard use account, but it logs in only in GNOME. How can I change to Ubuntu default desktop environment? The old user works fine.
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What type of U14.04 do I have?

Where do i find what desktop version of U14.04 I have? I read where there is a Gnome, Trusty Tar, etc!! - Tks David PS I wish the "Shrink, Enlarge & Close" buttons on apps & boxes was ...
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How to manage the icons in the top bar (14.04 & metacity)

I've installed VirtualBox and this icon appeared in the desktop top bar. I now how to add icons with drag & drop but how to remove one? When trying to drap&drop it in the destop trash ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Unity got slow during the last couple of updates

I've been using Ubuntu since 12.04 and have not really experienced any issues until a couple of weeks ago when my PC got really slow and all software as well. Switching workspaces is more of a lagfest ...
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How to restore accidentally deleted /usr/share/applications folder?

I was going to delete a desktop shortcut but I accidentally deleted all even folder itself. Now when I log in, it just show wallpaper.Is there any way to back?
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lightweight window manager/desktop environment similar to Unity

I am looking for a lightweight window manager/desktop environment similar to Unity, but not Unity/Unity-2D GNOME or KDE. Specifically, I'm looking for something light with the following features: ...
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Enable seamless mode for kalilinux

I'am in ubuntu 14.04 , Windows 2012 work fine with seamless mode in virtualbox but Kalilinux the seamless mode is disable. i had install Guest Additions and enable 3d and 2d acceleration.
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I want to try out an alternative DE on 14.04 but am skeptical [closed]

Unity is good and fine, and does it's job (my machine running Ubuntu is simply my personal computer, no programming or anything being done) but sometimes it leaves a little to be desired. I have ...
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Replace XFCE4 with Cinnamon without Log-In Screen

I have a Google I/O Chrome Pixel that I've been playing around with Crouton. This is my frist real shot at Ubuntu and have made the upgrade from 12.04 -> 13.04. Using chroot I can run both Chrome OS ...
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Compose New Email without POP/IMAP setup (ridiculousness)

Why in Desktop do I need a POP account setup to use SMTP. I click 'Compose New Message' and I get a dialogue box explain to me 'In order to receive messages blah blah blah'. Well guess what? I ...
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Ubuntu: Xfce or Lxde? [duplicate]

Which one is the faster and will I get all the features of Ubuntu on them? I've done a little homework too on it, I think xfce will be the better option. My pc specs aren't good enough to handle ...
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How to add linux mint desktop to ubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

Hi I just want to ask what are the commands to be typed in the terminal to add Cinnamon(linux mint desktop) to the list of UI in the Ubuntu 14.04 login? I just recently upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.10 ...
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Cairo-Dock crashed my Unity desktop, is this possible?

I'm still new to using Ubuntu and learning more and more each day. The other day I formatted my hard drive and wiped the Windows 8 partition (never use it) and re-installed my Ubuntu install to start ...
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Different wallpapers on different desktops [duplicate]

How to set different wallpapers on different desktops (workspaces)? Why is this option disabled,by default, in Ubuntu?
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Difference between gnome-shell & ubuntu-gnome-desktop

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (32-bit). Now I want to install Gnome Desktop Environment (without removing unity). I know I can install by following command: sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ...
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Deepin unable to login

I tried to install Deep in from here. While it was doing the install, the software asked for some options to configure. Instead of reading them I just pressed Esc. So I think thats a mistake I made. ...
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How to align desktop icons with consistent icon sizes and short file names?

There was a previous question similar to this - but no answers. I find it very annoying that the icons on the desktop are not aligned in a proper grid. The icon sizes are not consistent and longer ...
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Xubuntu and Xubuntu-desktop

Is Ubuntu+Xubuntu-desktop exactly the same as installing Xubuntu from the ISO? If not, what are the differences?
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why is gdm not starting automatically?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with all updates. At some point I experienced some trouble with LightDm, so after reading up on AskUbuntu I switched to GDM. No problems, except that I cannot get GDM to ...
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How to install the Budgie desktop environment on Ubuntu?

Is there any way install budgie desktop environment on Ubuntu and is it safe to install it?
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Very strange view duplication after update

after i've installed latest updates there's a great Issue with the rendering of my GUI.All applications become unusable after startup, due to a view-duplication(even before login). I tried a lot, also ...
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What are the risks if install a secondary desktop environment / interface on my ubuntu?

I know I can install different desktop UIs on Ubuntu, but I am concerned because I read that there are sometimes risks like when the config files for one desktop environment are corrupted or modified ...
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Which desktop environment does Zorin OS use and how to get for Ubuntu?

Which is the Desktop Environment of Zorin OS and is there any way to get it on Ubuntu?
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Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop under Windows 8.1 Hyper-V

Is it possibly to speed up the graphics of Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop under Windows 8.1 Hyper-V anyhow? I've already decreased the screen resolution and disabled the COMPIZ video effects, but it's still ...
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What is the difference between Ubuntu+XFCE and Xubuntu?

There are many derivatives to Ubuntu, of which Xubuntu is one, using XFCE as a desktop environment. One can install Xubuntu directly from an ISO or install XFCE as an alternative session on Ubuntu. I ...
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Can I uninstall Gnome?

I have Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity as DE installed on my PC. But I recently found out that Gnome DE is installed, too. I don't need Gnome, never use it, so I wannt to remove it. Can I do this without ...
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Desktop not working Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I'm using Unity for quite some time now but for the past few days now I do not see anything on my Desktop, Unity itself seems to be working fine, my Launcher still works and my top-bar works fine as ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - How to Fix the Ubuntu Appearance

I have played with XFCE and KDE and after uninstalling them I was left with some problems with my default Ubuntu desktop. I have attached some photos here to show you what I mean. I would like to ...
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How to go back to unity? [duplicate]

Tried out Xubuntu via: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop How do i go back to unity and delete everything xubuntu related? Thanks.
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mouse is not responding on the desktop

I have just installed variety and some programs one ubunto 14.04 and the mouse stopped working on the background.it does not respond for right and left click .i removed variety but the problem didn't ...
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24H time format not applied on other locations

Though my time is set to 24H, the toolbar widget shows time in other locations on 12h not 24h. The discrepancy with the location configuration is pretty clear in the screenshot below: How do I fix ...
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ubuntu12.04 has 3 desktops after software update

My Ubuntu 12.04 hasn't been used since this time last year so I updated the software via "Update Manager". But after the update, Ubuntu gets 3 identical desktops after login. Whatever operation ...
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Can't start desktop [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 desktop, and I saw the following error during initial startup: The disk drive for /tmp is not ready or not present. Are there any workarounds?
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I have disabled Unity plugin in “ccsm” when turning off Expo. How can i recover it?

Common left panel (launcher) is disable too. I think i should reset settings. How can i do it? PS i can start terminal.