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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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How do I install and switch to the Unity 2D desktop?

I read that there is now a 2D version of Unity built on Qt. How do I install it, and once it's installed, how do I switch to it?
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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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How do I switch to Xubuntu?

I'd like to use Xubuntu in 11.10 instead of Unity, how do I install it and switch to it?
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Open application in specific workspace

I would like to have some applications always appear in a specific workspace. For example: I would like my mp3 player on the bottom left workspace, and terminal application on the bottom right one; 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 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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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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How can I find which desktop enviroment I am using? [duplicate]

as the title: How can I find which desktop environment I am using? I want to accomplish this using command line.
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Is it possible to use multiple desktop environments on same system?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I want to try out KDE and other desktop environments. But I'm not sure if I'll like them enough to switch permanently. I want to be safe and make a transition in a piecemeal ...
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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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What is the difference between the various Ubuntu flavours? [duplicate]

What is the main difference between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mythbuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu and Lubuntu?
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What's the lightest Ubuntu desktop environment? [duplicate]

My computer has 1GB ram and a very low graphic card, but I don't know how much powerful it is. My computer is very slow with Ubuntu Unity and I saw that there are many desktop environments which are ...
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How many Ubuntu users are there worldwide ?

Was just wondering if there is any solid data available as to how many people are using ubuntu. I was also interested in the attrition rate with ubuntu users, etc.
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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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How do I install Enlightenment (E17)?

Has anybody tried E17 on Ubuntu, as an alternative to Gnome/KDE? How does one install it?
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How do I make the login screens and boot splashes match when installing different desktops?

I wanted to try out different desktop environments so I installed XFCE, KDE, GNOME, etc on top of Unity in Ubuntu 12.04 After a while I decided that I didn't like those other DEs and would stick to ...
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Unwanted Chinese language got set in system settings [duplicate]

I have made some changes in system settings, following suggestions by some users. However, this morning when I did a reboot I am unable to see English as my default language. My system is showing some ...
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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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Xfce top panel indicator problem

I'm using Xubuntu 14.04, 64 bit The output of xfce4-about is xfce4-about-Message: No vendor information found in "/usr/share/xfce4/vendorinfo However I believe I'm using 4.12 but... ...
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What is difference between install desktop-environment and run directly distro?

My question is what is difference between installing perticular desktop environment on Ubuntu And Using directly that (Default -environmented) distro/flavour of Ubuntu? Example: Two options: ...
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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager?

As the title says. I'm having a really hard time trying to understand what the differences between a desktop environment and a window manager are? EDIT: This is what I found out later. There are ...
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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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Start ubuntu without a desktop environment but start an X application

I want to do a small computer just for internet browsing. I dont want to load a desktop environment to keep RAM, CPU and GPU ussage as low as possible. The computer is going to run on a ARM CPU. I ...
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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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What window managers (or desktop environments) can group window icons in the taskbar like Windows 7?

I find it much faster to identify a window in the taskbar (window list) by its icon, rather than by its text: The problem with most window managers I've switched among is that they don't group ...
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What are the choices for the Ubuntu desktop GUI and how do I enable them?

I am new to Ubuntu and have installed the 12.10 in VM on my laptop. I've installed the Vmware tools as well. However, the VM boots to the command-line. A few questions: What are the choices of ...
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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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What flavour of ubuntu desktop should I use?

I have a powerpc, 800mhz 832mb of ram. Currently running Mac OSX tiger. I have tried Ubuntu 10.04 and it's way too slow. Xubuntu is also too slow for regular usage (gui elements lag a lot). Which ...
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How to capture Code::Blocks screenshot

I'm trying to make some notes of Code::Blocks with wxWidgets. I have a wxChoice box on the screen. With the list collapsed (i.e., unexpanded) I can get a screenshot of the form. However, with it ...
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Why does /etc/issue show me Ubuntu and not Lubuntu?

cat /etc/issue shows me Ubuntu 13.04 \n \l but I'm on Lubuntu 13.04. What is the purpose of /etc/issue? Also, what does \n \l in the output mean? There's also issue.net which has just Ubuntu ...
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How to safely try KDE?

There's a way to safely try KDE on top of an Ubuntu installation, keeping the possibility to revert the changes in case I dislike how it runs?
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Why is Unity a “slow” desktop environment?

Background First of all, this is not a question about opinions. I am assuming that we are talking about Unity 3D and on a computer with decent graphics configuration. By "desktop environment", I am ...
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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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what is KDE, GTK, GTK+, QT, and/or GNOME?

I'm new to Ubuntu (and linux in general). Some times when looking at programs in the Ubuntu Software Center, I see things about the programs being 'for the GTK+ environment', or 'for GNOME', or a ...
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Will Ubuntu TV be offered in different desktop environments?

Will Ubuntu TV run on all available desktop environments? Which environments will Ubuntu TV run at?
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How to return the login screen to the default

I've been experimenting with various Desktop Environments, including LXDE, XFCE, KDE. I'm returning to Unity, and I would like my login screen back to the default for 12.04. I think that it changed ...
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How to run a custom set of programs in a specific workspace?

I use several workspaces in order to have different context for different works. Therefore, I run the same set of applications in the same workspace repeatedly. And also I run the same application in ...
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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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Unity 2d loading instead of Unity 3d at login

My problem is that after choosing Unity 3d at login the Unity 2d loads, Even though my graphics drivers seems to be working fine. Unity 3d is possible to load by following commands: ps aux | grep -i ...
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How do I remove lubuntu-desktop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to completely remove desktop? I wanted to try lubuntu-desktop so I installed it with sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop. But when I didn't like it I wanted to ...
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How heavy on resources is Cinnamon desktop environment?

I have a 1GB RAM PC running Lubuntu. In Xubuntu is still ok, but in KDE and Unity it is not. (The condition of my PC appears clearly in this answer). Compared to these DE-s, where stands Cinnamon? I ...
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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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Cinnamon being a complete mess on Ubuntu

After installing Cinnamon the desktop icons on cinnmaon have black text where i want white and the windows are appearing as follows: And for the desktop, it is appearing like this, How do i remove ...
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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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Is Ubuntu Phone's GUI going to be ported to desktop Ubuntu?

Now that even cheap laptops are coming with touchscreens I was wondering if Canonical plans to include its new touch version of Unity GUI on regular Ubuntu for use in laptops and desktops.
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Is the whole desktop of Linux Deepin available to install in Ubuntu?

Title says all. Is there any repository from which I can simply "sudo apt-get install" the Deepin desktop with all the applications related? I find Unity really usable, but very ugly, and I'm curious ...
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“/etc/X11/X not executable” error when startx

What happened I wanted to install KDE and Gnome along with Unity. I don't know when I installed gnome-shell on my Ubuntu 12.10, but I installed KDE minimal desktop just now using sudo apt-get ...
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What is the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 13.10?

I am trying to find out what is called the default desktop environment for Ubuntu 13.10. Is it Gnome and if so, what version of Gnome does Ubuntu 13.10 come with?
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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