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Problems with most recent updates

I am still fairly new to Linux and Ubuntu, so I will apologize ahead of time for my ignorance. I have been using Ubuntu for about 2 years now, I am still learning coding and commands, and learning the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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No desktop GUI after broken package repair

So this problem all started when I clicked on a YouTube link from steam. It opened in chromium and muted all my system audio. I restarted and when I opened the pulse GUI none of my microphones or ...
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Desktop 'Padding'

Is there a way to add some padding to stop windows being completely full screen? What I'm after is 20-30px of padding around my windows so that the background image shows when I make windows ...
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Why does software differ from desktop to desktop environment?

I'm wondering why there are so many applications for the same purpose but for different desktop environments. Like the burning software Brasero for Gnome and K3B for KDE. Isn't this reinventing the ...
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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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Installing desktop environment changed BG in GRUB2

As a Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS 32-bit user I have installed various desktop environments and discovered that somehow the loading screen and the background of GRUB2 changed from pink to grey together with a ...
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How to compleately remove the i3 desktop enviroment from Ubuntu?

I'm trying to remove the i3 desktop environment from the Ubuntu (14.04) login screen. after following these commands in root I had i3 installed; # echo "deb http://debian.sur5r.net/i3/ ...
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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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How do I prevent a GPU lockup?

I recently installed Ubuntu on an old Dell XPS 410. I was able to go through the install process without any problems, save the fact that I had no hardware to connect to the Internet. When I try to ...
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How to install Pantheon on Ubuntu 15.04?

is it safe to install elementary OS DE Pantheon on Ubuntu 15.04 without doing any damage to the system? if so how?
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Setting up mail server on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04

I need help on setting up a mail server on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 with a web interface for sandbox testing, tried using postfix and exim4 and it does not seems to work. My main concern is to setup a ...
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What's the lightest Ubuntu desktop environment? [duplicate]

My computer has 1GB ram and a very end low graphics card, but I don't know how much power it has. Unity is very slow on my computer, and I saw that there are many desktop environments which are much ...
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Windows-like fonts in Ubuntu

I'm pretty familiar with Ubuntu and Linux in general. I use Ubuntu at work for software development. What always bothers me about Ubuntu is the fonts - I really like the crisp fonts used all over ...
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Installed Cinnamon on Ubuntu. Is it considered Linux Mint or Ubuntu?

I installed Cinnamon on my Ubuntu OS. Am I still using Ubuntu or Linux Mint when I use the Cinnamon desktop environment?
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open fvwm desktop in ubuntu14.04

could somebody explain how to set the unity-greeter select fvwm on ubuntu 14.04? In 12.04 it was easy, you just installed fvwm and it magically showed up as one of the options on the greeter screen. ...
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How to remove the TWM desktop environment?

I found the user interface of the TWM desktop environment boring and hard to use. How can I remove it?
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My sudoer can not login using GUI

I only have one sudoer and it can login into the terminal or through GUI terminal. But I can not use it to log into the GDM login screen. Any possible causes?
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Tool to insert text snippets into applications

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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gnome-session-flashback : Desktop icons disappear after opening File Explorer

I have been using gnome-session-flashback package for some time now and it has never caused this issue before but i have just got a new machine with Ubuntu 14 LTS on it and when i installed this ...