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Failed to start session at login after upgrading to 14.10

After being prompted to upgrade to 14.10 from 14.04 I can no longer login. I can get to the terminal and login from there. I've tried to reinstall ubuntu-desktop but it complains about missing ...
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Can I install Desktop-Environment from distro's iso file?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit (Default Unity D.E.).I have Xubuntu14.04 desktop (32-bit) ISO file (image). It must exist Xubuntu Desktop Environment inside ISO file. I don't want to install whole ...
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What is the difference between Lubuntu and LXDE?

I am planning on using lubuntu, or lxde. One is a distro, one is a de, both are the same? I am confused. What would be the best way to go about installing? Fresh from terminal after installing ...
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How restore Xubuntu desktop to default

Before I was using Gnome desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 , then I installed Xubuntu desktop and just these days when I login it doesnot work..I dont know what's wrong when I drag something it repeat many ...
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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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Desktop icons and background not showing

I'm using Xubuntu and recently changed my desktop background to an image. It was working normally, then the icons disappeared and the custom background no longer shows. In the display settings the box ...
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How to install LXQt DE in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I heard like there is a new (Lightweight) Desktop environment available named as LXQt for Ubuntu and I would like to know how can I install it in my Ubuntu 14.04. Thank you.
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accidentally deleted desktop folder, now all gui icons on screen default to /home/user/

I accidentally deleted the /home/user/Desktop folder and I would like to recreate this directory and assume the directories' old capabilities. For Instance, since the ~/Desktop folder was deleted, all ...
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Ubuntu can't enter desktop environment

My OS is Ubuntu 14.04, and I also have windows 7 on my computer. Recently, I used Microsoft Office to edit some documents, after that, I can't enter my Ubuntu System. I have installed Nvidia-304 ...
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How to perform unattended installations of Ubuntu Desktop?

I know that there is a lot of information about headless and unattended installation of Ubuntu servers. But I need to install the desktop version of Trusty on a lot of machines and I would like to ...
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Installing Ubuntu Desktop without a Desktop Environment?

Background I have put together my own desktop environment in Arch Linux, and I'm interested in setting up Ubuntu with the same environment. One way to do this is by installing Ubuntu Server and then ...
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Is there still any modern non compositing desktop?

I am still using Ubuntu 12.04, mostly because of the 'Gnome Classic without effects' desktop provided by gnome-fallback-session. I like to use a non compositing desktop, as compositing seems to ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 desktop environment does not load

I am running (or at least trying to run) Ubuntu desktop 14.04.1 LTS on a Dell Optiplex 760 with intel Core2 Quad Q8300 CPU and an intel 4 series integrated graphics controller (uname -a :Linux ...
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Confusion over installation of new desktop environment

I am a new ubuntu user. I want to install Gnome 3 for ubuntu 14.04. However I want to know what will happen to my existing applications like empathy, cheese, wine etc as well as my installed software ...
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How to make drag&drop to move files instead of copy on Xfce desktop (Thunar 1.6.2)?

On the Xfce 12.10 desktop drag&drop to move files into a folder would copy them instead of moving (cut/paste) them. I tend to have many files on the desktop and usually I grab them and put them ...
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Mate Indicator Applet Not Using Icon Theme

I recently switch to Mate on Ubuntu 14.04 (It's the best Linux Desktop/Distro combo available in my humble opinion.) Anyway the issue is that I have been doing some customization specifically the ...
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Launch Steam games without a X Desktop running

I'm using the first, accepted answer to this question to have Steam as an Environment on Login. Steam itself works fine, but when I attempt to start a game, the screen turns black and I have to ...
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Difference between Distribution and Deskop environment in linux [duplicate]

my name is Nd Prasad, I'm very confused with the distributions and desktop environment's in Linux. I just want to know exactly what happens, when ---->installing various distributions of ...
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Desktop is not visible to users log in to GUI

I have Ubuntu 12.4LTS and have installed Ubuntu Desktop. When the current user log's in the whole desktop is visible and you can maneuver around. I add another 2 users via webmin Identical as the ...
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Making sense of MIME mappings

I'm having a little trouble understanding exactly how MIME works on the desktop. The specific issue I'm having is that certain file types (C++ source, PHP source, and a couple others) open with Geany ...
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Insert text blocks everywhere

In german you start mails and letters with "Sehr geehrter Herr ....". I am tired of typing this again and again. And I am tired of configuring applications to give me shortcuts to insert text blocks ...
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Can I safely remove tumbler in Xubuntu 14.04?

I have a similar problem to the one under this question: What is tumblerd? That program is one of the most CPU hungry I ever seen in Xubuntu/Xfce. I do not really need thumbnails preview and I might ...
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How to change account profile picture?

I can't believe I have to ask this...but, how do I change my account profile picture in Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop? One would think it would be under the "User Accounts" section.
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Intel based desktop without Nvidia card - how bad can it be?

I need to build a new desktop Ubuntu 14.04, for low-end kind of usage. Do I really need to add an Nvidia graphics card for it? I came across some threads e.g. this one, implying things work quite well ...
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How to replace unity 7 with unity 8 on Ubuntu 14.04

I really love the design of unity 8 and I want to run it on Ubuntu 14.04 32bit instead of unity 7. I have installed it with these command: sudo apt-get install unity8-desktop-session-mir I logged ...
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black and white vertical lines in ubuntu 14.04

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 64bit yesterday in my PC. But today, desktop turned into striped lines many times and I had nothing to do except pressing the power button on CPU. Don't know why ...
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Planning to install Ubuntu in more than 100 computers [duplicate]

We are planning to install Ubuntu in more than 100 computers in our office. Which Ubuntu environment would you suggest? other than Lubuntu(Lubuntu is what we planned).
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why does desktop image get zoom automatically [duplicate]

When i am setting a desktop image why it get zoom? I want to display my whole picture, how it will? I am using ubuntu 14.10.
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Any Desktop Desklet App?

I have used Rainmeter on Windows and wanted a similar tool for Ubuntu. I have tried conky but it was a lot harder. Please refer a tool with a good GUI.
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Unity settings were messed up when replacing it with MATE and launcher's gone

I tried in a previous installation to use only MATE and remove Unity, uninstalling all unity-related packages from Ubuntu 14.04. However, it happens I would probably need Unity to work with a ...
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How to block desktop applications for a specific user? [closed]

I need to block applications and tools for the users, because I want to achieve that they can only use the specific tools I have selected. I'm a superuser, how can I do that?
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Ubuntu Stopped working due to removed packages that have been gone for months

I've customized my install by stripping out all the unity packages that make the system unusable for me and replaced panels with AWN. sudo apt-get remove unity unity-asset-pool ...
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Controls like checkboxes and radio buttons are invisible : After Upgrade to 14.10

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04. No matter what theme I try, radio buttons and checkboxes simply do not appear in my applications. Any ideas? Here's a an image showing this:
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Why these smudges happening on my desktop?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. After a while of using it, the screens will have rubbish and smudges as in the pic. Here is my card info and driver: lspci | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible ...
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Lubuntu 14.x - no create link or shortcut menu on right click

I have to use good old ln -s command to create a desktop short cut. I am on Lubuntu 14.x running LXDE There is no right click menu on the folder tree that means : right click --> create desktop ...
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Xubuntu 14 Desktop on Xubuntu 12

I have both xubuntu 14 and xubuntu 12 installed on my machine. I need to use them both regularly. Is there any way I can make my xubuntu 12 look more like xubuntu 14. I have installed the whisker ...
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Do different desktop environments affect game performance?

I am in the midst of building my own Ubuntu gaming computer, and I was wondering: If I used a variation of Ubuntu, such as Lubuntu, would more resources be put into the game(s), because the operating ...
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no unity after installing fglrx-updates

I decided to do the fglrx-updates because I read it would be better, but then I got a black screen after rebooting. After a few different suggestions I got my desktop back, but no top bar menu or the ...
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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 doesn't load - no Launcher or Dash appears [closed]

I am using 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my simple Desktop-PC (3GHz Intel P4, 1GB RAM, Intel inbuilt Graphics, and NO extra graphic-card) so nothing to worry about graphic like nvidia etc. Here is ...
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How to remove desktop environments?

I installed few environments that I wanted to try out on Ubuntu 12.04, but none of them worked at all. It could be that I installed them all at the same time, meaning the OS didn't get a chance to ...
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apt- Error installing Deepin Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 14.04

I have been trying to add the Deepin Desktop Environment to Ubuntu. I have followed several guides that consist of adding the sources etc and then trying sudo apt-get install dde-meta-core however ...
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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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Install CDE on Ubuntu

Is it possible that I can I install CDE through apt-get on Ubuntu 14.04 64-Bit? I am really desperate. Thank you.
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Ubuntu keeps crashing very frequently, couldn't find cause as well as solution

I have installed ubuntu 14.04 before 8-10 days. At that time, it was running so smooth and fast. But then I wanted to try gnome desktop and so I installed gnome-shell, ubuntu-gnome-desktop. I didn't ...
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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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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: ...
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KDE theme messing up while running GNOME

I am running an Ubuntu fork (14.04) which brings GNOME, KDE, and Unity by default. GNOME and Unity get on well, but KDE doesn't really. Whenever I start a GNOME session, right-clicking on some apps ...
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Wallpaper is not changing and right click does not work on desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

Sorry if this question is already answered in some links; but I have already searched so much to find solution to my problem. Recently I installed gnome-shell and ubuntu-gnome-desktop to try gnome. I ...
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What are the risks if install a secondary desktop environment / interface on my ubuntu? [closed]

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 ...