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Missing default Ubuntu desktop environment in the login screen

After installing GNOME desktop environment in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I'm missing Ubuntu default desktop environment... How can I add it back to the list in the login screen where I can select different ...
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Is there a way to 'snap' desktop icons into a straight line?

I have searched here and elsewhere at length and found several good looking suggestions, but none of them have helped. I use 11.04 and despite my efforts to line up my icons in a pleasing & neat ...
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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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webcam not working ubuntu 14.04 sony vaio - which avenue to persue. Seen several posts

I have a sony SVT1312C4E ultrabook. Running ubuntu 14.04.1 The webcam used to run under ubuntu 12.04 and 13.04 but with upgrade to 14.04.1 it does not. I have tried to set permissions for video ...
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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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Switch Desktop Environment from Command Line

I have Ubuntu Gnome installed on a headless box. I use SSH or VNC to connect to it. I'm trying to switch to XFCE and I've got it installed, but the tutorials say to log out, and select the desktop ...
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How to restore icons on the top-right corner in the top-bar?

I just restored the left panel of ubuntu using the post: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears, but the icons on the top-right corner in the top bar (like those in ...
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the system settings icon disappeard, how to restore it?

The systems settings icon, i.e., the gear wheel in the screenshot here with yellow circle suddenly disappeared. I have no more information to offer because it just suddenly disappeared. How to restore ...
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Desktop notworking after login [closed]

I have installed both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of 14.04 LTS and 14.10 in a VMware Workstation 11 virtual machine. In all cases after I login parts of the desktop turn black and eventually the ...
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Is it possible to put a GUI to more than just TTY7?

My question is pretty much the title. I often use TTYs for handling different matters in parallel. This could be for instance: something local on TTY1 per SSH on ServerA on TTY2 per SSH on ServerB ...
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Nautilus not showing window buttons anymore?

So look at this. That is basically my problem. The file operations bar has it's top left buttons, nautilus no longer has them, I have NO idea why. Here's hoping one of you cool cats knows why. Thanks! ...
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how do I login when ubuntu stops before login screen?

So I tried to get rid of gnome-ubuntu-desktop but it resulted in that i now can't log in to ubuntu at all. When ubuntu starts the gnome logo comes up and the disapears and the screen continues to be ...
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malfunctioning ubuntu desktop due to installation of gnome desktop

I did sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop as in my previous thread: swap between windows in ubuntu aka multiple work spaces(like swaping between app pages in android and iOS) And now my ubuntu ...
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Why is my screen acting up?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my HP Pavilion G7 Laptop recently, and accidentally uninstalled the "ubuntu-desktop" package along with some things labelled like Xorg or something like that. I immediately ...
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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 Studio does not start with XFCE desktop but the other one. How to fix?

I have installed ubuntu studio 14.04 and when I changed desktop from the login screen it can't change back to xfce. I select xfce but it logs me in the other desktop environment. Any ideas why that ...
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hp mini 1110nr best version of ubuntu

What version of Ubuntu would be good for a HP 1110nr mini netbook 1g memory 160g processor.
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My desktop it's freezing

My desktop is freezing sometimes and I must go to the command line interface (for example ctrl+alt+F4, not the terminal) and then come back to the graphical user interface to unfreeze it. I suspect a ...
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How can I configure clipboard as Windows?

Windows 7, XP... maintains the copy text if you close the application. How could I configure Ubuntu for this behavior? Thanks in advance!
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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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Window manager that's able to switch between windows using shortcuts

everyone! Tell me please: does exist some window manager that would let me switch between windows as easy as switch tabs in screen/tmux? For instance, shortcut+window index. Or shortcut+binded ...
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change desktop environment

How I can change my desktop environment after logoff, I cannot choose more than 10 desktop environments? Numbers bigger than 10 are not displayed. Old problem. I tried other display-managers but it ...
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Restore original LightDM Greeter preinstalled with Ubuntu 14.10

When I login to ubuntu, I get a menu in the top right corner to load Ubuntu environment. This means that the lightdm greeter is corrupt. I tried to locate the lightdm.conf but I can't find it and ...
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How to switch off sidebar menu at thin clients based on Ubuntu 12.04?

I've got LTSP server based on ubuntu 12.04. I need to hide or disallow or switch off the launcher on thin clients forever (not only for one time, because every session does not save any data on ...
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“Unable to locate package cinnamon” when trying to install cinnamon

i want to install cinnamon on ubuntu 14.04, but i get an error "unable to locate package cinnamon" sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get ...
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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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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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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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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 ...