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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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Will installing Unity 8 on 15.04 affect my current Unity desktop?

I would like to play around with Unity 8 on my laptop. I am currently running 15.04 with Unity and I'm afraid installing Unity 8 will break something in my current desktop? Will just get another ...
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Will Unity 8 offer the full Unity 7 desktop experience or will it be dumbed down?

Like the title says, I'm wondering what end-stage, ready-for-desktop Unity 8 will look like and whether it will break the Unity 7 workflow and additionally, things like shortcuts, window management, ...
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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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Add “virtual” screen in my PC like a second screen connected

I would like to know if there is any software that allows me to add a second "virtual" screen to my computer. I would like to add this screen over my actual screen. Because a picture is worth a ...
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Lighter desktop similar to gnome-shell?

I have enjoyed using gnome-shell, specifically the ability to do simple tiling by (super) + arrow keys, the expose hot corner ability, and the (super) + type in application name functionality. All too ...
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how to move a file in desktop in a directory?

I want to move a .php file named My Form.php which I have saved on my Desktop before to \var\www. When I use: sudo mv My Form.php www in terminal, it says there is no such file My.php and Form.php. ...
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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 ...
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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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How to install a desktop environment in Ubuntu server? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu Server 14.x for use as a server. It comes with a plain vanilla terminal UI. How can I install a graphical desktop on it?
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nvidia x doesnt work after installing 346.xx in 14.04

after i installed the nvidia 346.35 drivers in Ubuntu 14.04 and blacklisting the nouveau drivers and saving the new conf settings i get no desktop even though it says lightdm is running.
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Ubuntu on Nexus 10 for Surface 3-like experience?

I know there is a "Ubuntu on Nexus" option out there, but what I want to know is can I have a "Surface 3 Pro" experience, i.e., touch as well as (bluetooth) mouse and keyboard with "regular" Ubuntu ...
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How to fix unity? [duplicate]

As the noob I am, I used the command kill -15 -1 because my Minecraft was in full screen but not showing up and I did not know what it did! Now, when I log in, it has only the wallpaper and mouse and ...
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Problems with pantheon on Ubuntu

I always had problems when I install pantheon on Ubuntu specially when I turn to unity back, like the Wallpaper turns black, the mouse icon change to the pantheon version and I can't change it back to ...
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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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DE: Efficiently remove MATE and install Cinnamon [on hold]

Is there a good guide / tool on how to safely remove MATE desktop and install latest Cinnamon desktop on Linux Mint, without leaving duplicated/dead packages ?
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How to use user configurations for other users ubuntu 14.04

I want to set default desktop environment with needed programs on Launchpad, and needed languages in keyboard launcher on unity panel for new users, who will be log in at first time (I have LDAP ...
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Pantheon Desktop Environment not installed correctly on Ubuntu

So I recently installed Pantheon and now its causing me problems. First of all I installed it but it isn't present at the login screen also and I can't seem to uninstall it via ppa purge or synaptic ...
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There is no launch menu. In window there is no close and minimize buttons

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04.2. There is no launch menu. In window there is no close and minimize button. After the bootup, I can only see the wallpaper. Right click is working.
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No Unity option while log in

I am aware that there are some Unity related topics here. But my case is entirely different and I didn't notice it until recently that Unity is missing. I am using Gnome Classic and Cinnamon since a ...
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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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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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Is there any way to open all instances of a particular application without having to click on its icon multiple times?

I'm using Unity. If there's any desktop version out there that supports this I'd be curious to know about it. For example, say I have 3 terminals open. Whenever I click on the terminal icon on the ...
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Difference between Unity and GNOME

I often come across the terms Unity and GNOME while reading about Ubuntu. I understand that Unity is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. What is GNOME and how is it related to/different from ...
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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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Pantheon (Elementary Desktop) not loading

I add to repository this: ppa:elementary-os/daily and installed elementary-desktop Next log off -> select Pantheon -> click login = nothing. Empty screen with my wallpaper.. Please help
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Creating Custom DE (problem)

hi im dakota and ive been trying to make my own DE for ubuntu ive finished (i think) But when i try and load it it comes up with an error saying unable to launch "/home/dakota/customDE.sh" xsession ...
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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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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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Unity desktop broke after installing GNOME

I'm running 14.04. I've already got half way there. I've reinstalled ubuntu-desktop, but my actual desktop is still not working. No icons displayed, can't right click or drag, same wallpaper as login ...
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can;t view desktop items when switching from gnome to unity

did a basic 14.04 installation . after a while installed gnome 3.10 switched to unity again by selecting from setting icons at Gnome login Everything is working fine Except Now I cant view any ...
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Unity default settings

Every time I boot in to Ubuntu 14.04.02 64 Bit.I have to run unity-tweak-tool --reset-unity to reset unity to its Defaults. This has happened after I install kubuntu-desktop and logged in to GNOME ...
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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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After Ubuntu 14.04 LTS update, nothing works

Ubuntu updated and I rebooted. I get to the login screen and am greeted with incredibily low resolution, leading me to believe that this is a graphics driver problem because i have installed my nvidia ...
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Does running the vanilla Ubuntu 14.04 with MATE D.E. installed provide the same reduced resource usage benefit as running Ubuntu MATE 14.04?

My girlfriend is running Ubuntu 14.04 on her entry level laptop. Ubuntu uses more system resources than some other desktop environments, particularly MATE. I'd like to increase the performance of ...
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Begining Development for Ubuntu (and Linux in General). Where to start? [closed]

I realize this is not particularly a good question to ask here as it is largely opinion based but I'm not really sure where else to post this. Recently, I moved over to Ubuntu as my primary OS and am ...
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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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Switched to cinnamon, now Plank dock won't work

As the title says, I was using whatever the Ubuntu default DE was, and I had Plank set-up very nicely on the bottom of my screen. I've now switched to cinnamon and I love it, but the only problem I'm ...
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can i uninstall ubuntu 14.04 unity desktop environment and replace it with paper-gtk

I'm a Linux newbie... the first Linux OS I started using is Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS and to be honest, I really don't like the Unity desktop environment that ships with Ubuntu so I was wondering if I could ...
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no gui just a blank desktop [duplicate]

I just installed 14.04, which went smooth but after logging in the top bar disappears and there is no launch bar on the side. Have tried re-sizing the screen, and re-installed twice but nothing comes ...
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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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network bridge - without destroying network manager

I have seen a lot of questions related to Bridge and network manager. however none of them seem to apply to what i seen AND want. I setup my bridge in /etc/network/interfaces. This works perfectly; ...
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How to access the user environment from a dpkg hook/application ran as root?

I have an application that is executed each time dpkg is called using a hook DPkg::Post-Invoke {"<path to my app>/my-app";}; The application needs to read the gsettings of the current ...
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How can I edit the source of HTML in the clipboard?

If I cut some HTML from a Pidgin instant messenger window, I can easily paste it verbatim into a new HTML email in Thunderbird. All formatting (fonts, colors, etc) are preserved, so it appears that my ...
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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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GUI for Server Editions

I'm developing a Photo sharing app so that I can seamlessly upload to my photos to my Home Computer even when I'm too much far from my Home. For this purpose I'm planning to setup my own Home server ...
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Change Dekstop Resolution to 1920 x 1080

im using GTX 650 already install NVIDIA Driver Version 346.47 the biggest resolution only 1360x768 im already try auto, but not help in win 8.1 can max to 1920x1080 how to change the resolution ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.02 64bit login takes me to desktop wallpaper with no access to any desktop funtions, how do I fix this? [duplicate]

Ubuntu 14.04.02 64 bit. When I log in the top and side bars disappear on the desktop and there is no functionality. How do I fix this?
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I don't know the passphrase to ubuntu. Is there a way to uninstall ubuntu?

I'm trying to restore my Dad's computers to original settings, but Ubuntu gets in the way. As soon as I turn on the computer, Ubuntu comes up and I have no other options. Thx
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How to create empty document in Ubuntu 13.10?

I've installed Ubuntu 13.10, but in right click only "New Folder" no "empty document"! How to create new empty document now?