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Desktop envivornment switching from unity to gnome resulted in blank background with side panel

I tried to switch from unity desktop envivornment to gnome using the following commands sudo apt-get install gnome-shell sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop And the result is a blank ...
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Ubuntu desktop not updating

Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS with Xfce. My desktop is apparently empty which it isn't then I look in the corresponding folder for the desktop. Any changes made to the desktop background takes no effect. I have ...
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How to enable desktop environment

I just put on command line that to get straight into ubuntu shell. Can anybody help me to reinstall back the desktop environment? Below were the command that i used: sudo apt-get purge unity ...
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Difference Between Ubuntu and Ubuntu-Gnome

Hai all I just want to know is there any Difference Between Ubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME. I love to use Ubuntu... But I hate the Unity desktop... So want an Ubuntu system with GNOME 3. So if I install ...
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HELP ubuntu 14.04 32bit wont load desktop [on hold]

My ubuntu 14.04 wont load anything but the background after I login, when i press ctrl alt f1 the terminal keeps trying to do something with "uvcvideo" (or something like that) and my 500gb hdd just ...
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installing Dash in Ubuntu-MATE

How can I install Unity components like DASH in Ubuntu-MATE desktop environment? I've tried searching the Web for this but didn't find any solution whether it is possible to install DASH package ...
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What kinds of desktop environments and shells are available?

This question exists as it fills a specific criterion. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on Ask Ubuntu ...
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How to remove Xubuntu load/shutdown screen

I installed XFCE and then uninstalled it because I didn't like it anymore. I expected the loadscreen to get removed (crazy right?) but it's stuck there. How do I remove it?
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How to remove the `CPU NN%` text from load indicator

I just installed the ubuntu 16.04 alpha desktop and after an hour or so a strange label appeared near the system load indicator graphs: It definitely belongs to the load indicator application, but ...
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Installing Chrome OS Desktop Environment on my 32bit computer

This question says that it's possible to install Chrome OS as a desktop environment to Ubuntu but it's only available for 64bit PCs. Would it work on my 32bit PC? I just want to try it. It doesn't ...
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where is the preseed.cfg file for ubuntu 15 desktop

Anyone know where I can find a preseed.cfg file for installing an Ubuntu 15.04 (or 15.10) Desktop version distribution ? I need this for creating a Vagrant box with Packer. Whereas I already a ...
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What files are ran when I log into the desktop?

I don't know how to phrase this to be clear. I'm not talking about terminals or shells, I know what the difference between login and non-login shells are. What I want to know is when I start up my ...
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Install pantheon desktop on Ubuntu 15.10?

Pantheon desktop doesn't install on recent versions of Ubuntu, but is there a way to install it now? Are there any workarounds?
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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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How to remove the bottom panel of Gnome Classic in Unity?

I switched to Unity environment and there is a bottom panel of Gnome Classic that is not natural of the proper Unity. How to remove it?
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Switching window manager/desktop environments?

In general what is the approach to switch the desktop environment or window manager on Ubuntu? The main difference between stock Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu is supposedly the use of Unity vs. KDE vs. ...
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Ubuntu turns on to Black screen

I recently installed ubuntu 14.04 on my desktop computer, and everything seemed to work fine however when i ran the comands sudo apt-get update And sudo apt-get upgrade After my computer turned ...
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How to remove bottom gnome-panel of Unity on Ubuntu 15.04?

I installed Unity desktop environment but I am with a weird bottom panel on it. How to remove it and have a default Unity desktop? It seems every time I load the Unity desktop the bottom gnome-panel ...
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Installing ubuntu-desktop on Ubuntu 14.10 Server

First of all I have the following OS: $ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 14.10 Release: 14.10 Codename: utopic What I'm trying to do ...
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Missing icons in ubuntu GUI

I have been using ubuntu for several months now and I have never come across an issue as such. The following screenshot was captured and has applications without icons. The following is a ...
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HUD in other window managers (especially xmonad)

It seems that HUD (Heads Up Display) is tightly tied to Unity. However I just use xmonad as a window manager, especially I don't use unity. Is there a way to use HUD within xmonad (or more generally ...
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How to set default desktop enviroment 15.10

Things appear to have changed from 14.04. Then, my last desktop environment was remembered and I did not have to select one each time from the greeter login. One user defaulted to cinnamon, another to ...
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Why is there an additional desktop screen on logout?

Using Kubuntu 15.10, upon logout when Kubuntu-Desktop disappears there remains all the contents icons from the Desktop Folder (widget?) on an blank Unity magenta-colored background. Then it finishes ...
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remote desktop sharing by web

Do you know any soft for sharing desktop. I want to find join.me analog? join.me Thanks.
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Desktop for Ubuntu (14.04) that has horizontal launch bar?

I have been trying different desktop environments for Ubuntu 14.04LTS as I am not a huge fan of Unity. Is there a desktop environment that has a horizontal launch bar, across the bottom? The closest ...
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Trying to remove Ubuntu-desktop with tasksel returns “aptitude failed”

I am following this guide trying to turn my Ubuntu-desktop-installation into Ubuntu-server. However, I am having problems already in step 2. Using tasksel to remove/install anything returns with: ...
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Display driver issues - Nvidia 7100

Machine specs. I believe these are relevant ones, but if I need to provide something else, happy to do so. Ubuntu 14.04, VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation C73 [GeForce 7100 / nForce ...
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Window not remaining in single workspace

I'm running Xubuntu and right now I have the issue of some of my windows following me around when I change from one workspace to another, I set them the a specific workspace and also set them to be ...
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Showing all installed programs in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, where to see all programs just like the "program files" in windows, from which I can launch a program from a list of all program installed?
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How to resize the icons of the desktop?

I'm using ubuntu 14.04 & I need to decrease all the icons size in one move, can I do it or I must resize each icon?
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What Happens if I Remove a DE *before* I Install Another?

I have a FS Amilo laptop with 2GB RAM and Lubuntu/Kubuntu (and Puppy Linux) installed. I'd like to remove Kubuntu and try Xubuntu. I was wondering, what would happen if I uninstall the Kubuntu DE ...
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How can I start LXDE right after installing it?

On a fresh Ubuntu Server 15.04 I ran (from a Vagrant provision script) apt-get install lighdm lxde After this, I expected service lightdm start to display the session opening dialog. But ...
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Removing the default DE

Recently, I installed Ubuntu MATE. Then, because I want Cinnamon and only Cinnamon and Cinnamon is basically all I care about, I did apt remove mate-desktop or something to that effect, rebooted, and ...
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How to install a desktop on Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04?

I have installed Ubuntu Snappy Core 15.04 into my Raspberry Pi. I would like to install a desktop, but if I try to install Xorg or any "ubuntu-desktop" using the snappy install command, it always ...
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Desktop not responsive after ubuntu-gnome-desktop installation (Ubuntu 15.10)

In order to use gdm instead of lightdm I followed the instructions from this post I could then use gdm but my desktop (meaning the background area) is not responsive anymore and shows the login ...
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Ubuntu Hangs on Boot After Installing “gnome”

I tried installing the gnome desktop environment on Ubuntu 15.10 by typing sudo apt-get install gnome Now when I try to boot up my computer It gets stuck on this screen: EDIT I have tried ...
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scale monitors differently without everything becoming blurry?

problem My Laptop has a 1920x1080, 34.4x19.3 cm Monitor and I connect it to a 1280x1024, 37.6x30.1 cm external Monitor. Since the external monitor has a 30% lower pixel density, everything on it ...
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Problems with upgrade from 14.04 to 15.04, wifi and unity not working

I Did an upgrade from 14.04 to 15.04 on a Dell laptop. Now it does not load unity correctly, I can see the login screen - I login in and the desktop is seen, but no icons, I cannot do anything. I ...
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set up cinnamon from apt package

I have downloaded the cinnamon apt package but i don't know how to set it as my window manager. My computer still boots into unity. How could I make it boot directly into cinnamon using Ubuntu 15.04
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Recreate “Desktop” directory

I accidentally deleted ~/Desktop. This directory plays some kind of important role because now that it is gone all of the folders under ~/ are showing up on my accounts desktop. How do I fix this?
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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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Double cursor on ubuntu 15.10

I experiencing a problem with my ubuntu 15.10 A few seconds After login the login screen reappear and i have two cursors with a bizarre behavior How can i fix that
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Best Desktop Environment for Steam [closed]

I think my question is rather simple. What is the best Desktop Environment for use of Steam and games. I have had many problems with Unity in the past and there must be a better Environment. What is ...
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Some desktop environments don't work anymore after system changes (reusing `/home` in new install)

After some reinstallation/configuration/partition resizing work (I really can't say where the point of failure was, but see below for details), I ended up with unity not working anymore, a situation ...
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Cinnamon desktop-environment terminal installation failed

I'm very new to Linux: I tried to install Cinnamon and got an error about a missing package so I tried to install it's repository (which seem to be already installed)... So for some reason, I'm now ...
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Several commands for installing another Desktop-Environment didn't help

Very new to Ubuntu, I've tried to install two Desktop-Environments (KDE, Cinnamon) via several commands while as root user, after reading in Google how to do so but nothing helped... Here is the code. ...
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Can't switch a Desktop-environment with the terminal [duplicate]

I'm very new to Linux in general and Ubuntu in specific. I tried to install the DE's KDE \ Cinnamon via the Ubuntu software centre, but I haven't found them there... So I tried to log into the ...
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How to log out with a command in a gnome-less environment?

I installed various window managers (Awesome, dwm, etc.) from which I am not able to log out back to the login screen (gnome-session) in order to switch to another window manager. I need to reboot to ...
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Uninstall desktop environments [duplicate]

After searching the net, and trying several terminal commands, I am still unable to uninstall the desktop environments represented in the picture below: I would like to uninstall all desktop ...