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Why MATE desktop enviroment need package modemmanager?

I just installed MATE enviroment from this ppa: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/trusty-mate sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo ...
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Is there a more touch friendly desktop environment?

I have an acer aspire r7 , its a convertible laptop/tablet. I am interested in running a UI which is more like ubuntu touch. I installed the 13.10 thinking it was going to be more touch friendly, but ...
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Installing full Linux on android

I want to get full Linux with GUI and desktop on my android tab (rooted). I heard about apps called " Linux deploy" and "Complete Linux installer". However I have a few doubts : 1) Is it possible to ...
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Installing Desktop Environment, (machine offline)

I tried updating my machine, to Ubuntu 13.10. After update, when I restarted my machine, there was no GUI (no login screen), but I could access terminal, and see my files and folders. Tried various ...
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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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Command line command to refresh GUI desktop, like when pressing F5?

Is there any command to refresh the desktop icons (exactly like F5 button does)? I need this because in Startup Applications I set a command to mount my backup partition and I've created a desktop ...
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Lubuntu desktop manager not found

I am having problems managing my desktop manager with Lubuntu. When I try to enter "Desktop Preferences" I receive the message "Error: Desktop manager is not active". I tried playing with LXSession ...
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“System program problem detected” error after updating nvidia drivers

I was trying to fix "The system is running in low-graphics mode” error. I updated my nvidia drivers and also reinstalled ubuntu-desktop. Somehow I reached to the login screen. But after entering ...
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Switching from Ubuntu Desktop to Server 14.04 [duplicate]

Ok, this Ubuntu disto was originally installed as Ubuntu Server 12.04. Along the line, someone thought it was a good idea to install ubuntu-desktop. It has since been upgraded to 14.04 LTS and remains ...
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My desktop icons have gone out of view

I have just two icons on my desktop The Home folder and my Kindle. Until recently they worked well, However,today, when I turned on my computer, they had vanished. I checked the settings and it said ...
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change desktop configuration

I want to change my desktop to look and work like ubuntu 10. There were icons across the ?title bar? at the top of the desktop where you could choose applications, system, files & folders. I just ...
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Broken ubuntu distibution

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 as my main distro. Recently I installed several additional desktop environments, including: Cairo, Cinnamon, Pantheon, Deepin, and most recently Xubuntu. I always had ...
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Lubuntu Package Only Halfway install [closed]

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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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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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 ...