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Completely Remove LXDE/Lubuntu Desktop Environment

I've install LXDE on my laptop due to Unity's disappointing performance. But now, I want to completely remove LXDE including it's entire list of programs that came installed with it. How do I go about ...
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Error after log in, Desktop gone (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)

It's the second time I boot Ubuntu and after logging in my session I get this error message : The name org.gtk.vfs.Daemon was not provided by any.service files Screenshot (in French) I can't ...
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How to lock and unlock keyboard in Ubuntu ?

I want to lock my desktop keyboard is there any command or shortcut to do this ?
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Black screen after selecting Openbix

After installing Ubuntu 15.04 on my 2GoPC, I decided to do some exploring. At the desktop environment menu, I selected Openbox and logged in after that, a black screen appeared with just my cursor. I ...
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What files should I backup if I want to reinstall Xubuntu while keeping all desktop settings (e.g. system fonts, terminal fonts, etc) stay unchanged?

I am currently using Xubuntu and I would like to reinstall it for some reason. But I do not want to configure the desktop settings one more time, it would be quite time consuming. I know that for ...
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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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Problems with 14.04 most recent updates and possibly kernel

I am still fairly new to Linux and Ubuntu, so I will apologize ahead of time for my ignorance. I am using working with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I have been using Ubuntu for a little over a year now, I am ...
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does any other desktop have searching within file menus?

I'm increasingly thinking of moving away from the default unity desktop, as it seems to be semi-mothballed and I really like the most recent gnome 3 releases on my arch machine. However, there is one ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 logs user out at random intervals

I recently did and update and dist upgrade. I am getting logged out at indeterminable moments (not very frequently, however). I cannot find any information on this bug. I am using Ubuntu at work and ...
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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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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 to run a complete GUI as root?

I don't care if I mess up the system (which is likely if I do things like this), or the potential security issues that this could imply. Note, that I don't just want to "enable root login?", but run ...
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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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Will my data be affected if the GUI of Ubuntu crashes? [closed]

I would like to do some simulation research on Ubuntu (previously I was working on Windows), the simulation data are extremely important to me and I would never want to lose any of them. But I heard ...
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Mask my Desktop for my ubuntu-based Wifi hotspot/router

I used Ubuntu to build a Wifi HotSpot. You can join the Wifi and access Internet. It is used in some area without lots of Internet access in Africa, Island and Greenland. Since we're responsible for ...
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How to hide the whole Desktop with a permanent fullscreen image (above)?

I use Ubuntu to make a kinda hotSpot (wifi). I dont want anyone (thief or hacker) to be able to navigate into the system by pluggin-in keyboard-mouse-screen. (Unless me or my collaborators). At boot ...
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An easy way to create a desktop shortcut?

I wonder, isn't still there 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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Why am I experiencing visual corruption with Intel X4500 graphics card on 14.04?

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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how to type in indic language from English US keyboard

I opened libreoffice 3.0 (Ubuntu 11.10) and selected Lohit Hindi font in the fonts selection column. Downloaded the charachter map of English and Hindi keys as given here ...
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New to Ubuntu/Linux - Which distro should I install? [closed]

I'm switching over from Windows 7 to Ubuntu (basically because I want to try something new). I'm a basic user; I really only use my PC for iTunes, Web Browsing, some Steam gaming, and multimedia ...
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Trouble installing Elementary desktop environment on Ubuntu 15

I am trying to install elementary-desktop on Ubuntu 15.04 but when running sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop I get a slew of recommends/errors with this at the top: elementary-desktop : ...
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Use laptop wifi on desktop

I have had some wireless USB problems and I have decided to just try and use the piggyback-a-laptop method.I have an Ethernet cord, a Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop and a Peppermint 5 laptop.I have tried the ...
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How can I get rid of Activities in Ubuntu?

I'm currently visiting a foreign university, where I'm using an Ubuntu system. The Desktop has something in the upper-left corner called Activities. I have to click it or mouse through it to do most ...
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Any good information on HOW ENVIRONMENTS work in / on Ubuntu?

I'm currently learning (really early stages) of Ubuntu. I've learned so far that Ubuntu can be run with other environments on it. Could you guys please provide info (links or descriptions) on HOW ...
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Install KDE DE without any effect on unity

Yesterday I installed KDE in ubuntu 14.04 and I was quite pleased. Then I realised that the KDE install had messed up with fonts and all I had were ugly looking fonts (in Chrome and Firefox to be ...
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Using MAAS to deploy graphical shell on office workstations

Would it be possible to deploy desktop images to my office workstations from MAAS? I would like to see a scenario in which the workstations have a graphical shell and some PXE boot KVM instances ...
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Lubuntu performance vs new desktop environment

Before to mess things up, if I install a new resources expensive desktop environment on top of Lubuntu - example KDE -, if I uninstall the package will be cancelled all the processes related? In other ...
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Can you install LXDE or XFCE without altering non-desktop aspects of Ubuntu?

I love Ubuntu, and I love the Unity desktop environment. But sometimes I just need to do something fast and I don't need the extra flash of Unity, or I just want a different look and feel for awhile. ...
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Compiz problem no desktop

I was viewing Compiz settings and after changing the display setting I lost my desktop dock and menu. I rebooted the system and now I have no desktop. Can some one guide me how to fix this?
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Diffrent sets of applications for each user

I want to try out some alternative desktops, see whats going on, but I have a annoying issue, when I install a desktop package I get all the applications and stuff that come with it just added to the ...
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Is there a text-based window switcher for Unity?

The visual switcher is very poor at providing context. E.g. the browser window thumbnails are too small to tell apart, and often most of them are blank (see screenshot). Is there any switcher that ...
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Whats the difference between installing a desktop from iso and apt-get? [duplicate]

So lets say I want to install Xubuntu. I can either go to their website and download an ISO, flash it to a memory stick and do an install, one of the options of which allows me to keep all my files ...
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Can I remove Unity now and how?

I have installed gnome-session-flashback and I love my new Gnome desktop, and I am sure that I do not want to go back to Unity, and as unity stuff takes up a lot of space on my machine, is there a ...
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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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Desktop woefully broken after removing python2.7

Accidentally removed puthon2.7, now I cannot run from desktop. The application bar is gone, key short cuts are gone ( e.g. t ), only way to login is remotely via ssh, or via Fn shells. Help, how can ...
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Is there a way to open a new unity desktop on Ubuntu 14.04 using the startx command without bugs?

When I'm in text mode and I use the startx command to open a second desktop environment, it never opens properly on Ubuntu desktop running with Unity. The toolbars on the left and top of the screen ...
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Cannot get Ubuntu-Desktop to install after upgrading to 15.04

Hi I'm having issues after upgrading my laptop (up until last week I was on 14.04, and I started upgrading to 14.10, but things were broken so I continued on) to 15.04. It (the do-release-upgrade ...
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Change desktop environment from terminal?

I have installed Crouton on my chromebook, with the standard unity desktop(Ubuntu 12.02). However, I wish to use the Gnome 3 desktop environment. I cannot however install gnome-shell, since it ...
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Any file browser well integrated into Ubuntu 14.04LTS desktop able to open desktop folders in tabs instead a new window?

Double clicking on folders in the desktop interface of Ubuntu will open them in Nautilus. This is a briefing of my research so far: I have installed PcManFM. I like it because it very quick. However, ...
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14.04 or 15.04 for an ultrabook

I was asked to help choose the DE for an ultrabook. I'm considering the following ones for the time being KDE Gnome Shell Unity Cinnamon Cinnamon is shipped by Linux Mint, not Ubuntu, so we will ...
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unable to remove the lubuntu desktop environment [duplicate]

I'm using ubuntu 14.04.1. I installed lxde for lubuntu desktop environment. But it's creating a lot of problems for me, so I want to completely remove it now. I read the instructions online and ...
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Can MAAS be used for remote installation of desktop computers?

I know MAAS is intended for installing cluster nodes. But can MAAS be used for the install of desktop computers, or laptops? How to proceed?
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Unity desktop is black after using gnome

I installed and used gnome but now when I use unity my desktop is black and I cant see the files on it. Everything else seems to be working fine. I can still see the files on the desktop under ...
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Installation of a stable release of the Elementary OS Desktop (Pantheon) on Ubuntu 14.04

Since Elementary OS is a Ubuntu based distribution I think it should be fairly easy to install a stable version of Pantheon on Ubuntu (in my case 14.04). I have seen that many people have tried and ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 desktop stuck after update

I think that it is a very common problem in Ubuntu 14.04. I just installed it alongside with Windows 7. Comp. specs: i7 4790K asus sabetooth z97 mark2 16gb ddr3 eVGA gtx750ti 2gb I've installed ...
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How to manage the icons in the top bar (14.04 & metacity)

I've installed Virtual-box and this icon appeared in the desktop top bar. I know how to add icons with drag & drop but how to remove one? When trying to drag&drop it in the desktop trash ...
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System unity crashed in ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and many systems connected to the network, all system has the same problem. Firefox and Thunderbird are not working and not showing Desktop. Unity automatically crashed and ...
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Is it possible to use this theme in Ubuntu 15.04?

Would it be possible to use that desktop envioment in Ubuntu 15.04?
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What is the difference between GDM and Gnome-desktop?

As GDM is GNOME Display Manager but it installs the GNOME desktop also when I replaces it with LightDM So what is the difference between installing GDM or installing Gnome-desktop environment?
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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 ...