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How to revert to GNOME Classic Desktop?

I'm used to GNOME Classic and personally don't want to change to anything else, but it seems there is no more GNOME Classic in the Oneiric release. After apt-get installed gnome-session and all, ...
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11answers
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How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME?

I followed the instructions for compiling GNOME Shell and it did compile with a few errors here and there but it didn't run. I installed GNOME Shell using sudo apt-get install gnome-shell but I got ...
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16answers
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Desktop forgets theme?

I am running Ubuntu in VirtualBox (on a Windows 7 host). Several times now, the top-level menu bar, the task bar — and seemingly every system dialog — have forgotten the out-of-the-box "Ambiance" ...
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6answers
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How do I reset GNOME to the defaults?

I was playing around with some settings, and now I need to reset GNOME to it's defaults - how do I do that?
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0answers
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How do I switch to the Classic GNOME Desktop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to revert to GNOME Classic? How can I setup the Natty Classic Desktop to be "really" classic? I want to have the menus in the application window and I want to have ...
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10answers
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Desktop doesn't remember brightness settings after a reboot

Every time I reboot my machine the brightness goes back to 100% in Gnome. I wish it would keep the last setting. Is there anyway?
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13answers
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How can I create launchers on my desktop?

In older versions it was easy to create a launcher on my desktop all i had to do is right click on my desktop and select the create launcher option. But on 11.10 the option disappeared from the menu.. ...
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2answers
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How do I use the gconf editor?

I see some answers where people post to set a key in the gconf-editor, however there is no entry for gconf-editor in my menu. How do I run it and how do I use it to set keys that people recommend?
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10answers
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How do I save/remember last-used window position and size for applications?

When I log in Ubuntu, I would like all windows opened at previous session (terminal and Firefox mainly) to be re-opened automatically at the same size and position. How to proceed?
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1answer
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Why is the file /var/crash/_usr_lib_empathy_empathy-chat.1000.upload empty?

I just experienced an unusual crash: I tried to click on a name entry in the contact list of Empathy. A crash happened. Usually I am asked then if I'd like to report the error to Launchpad, and ...
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9answers
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How to switch window controls to the left (Gnome Shell)?

Is there a way to the switch gnome-shell window buttons to the left? I've gotten so used to them being on the left that them being on the right has thrown me way off. (gnome shell has them defaulted ...
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6answers
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Cannot login to my user account

I upgraded my ubuntu from 11.04 to 11.10 via mounting the latest alternate CD image released on Oct. 13 as the final standard version and running the cdromupgrade prompt successfully, with full latest ...
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2answers
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Gnome-shell does not display top toolbar panel using a Mobility Radeon 5650

Gnome shell installed through software centre does not display top toolbar panel properly (missing text and icons), and when one of the icons on it eg user's name is clicked the menu popup has missing ...
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4answers
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How can I activate Unity?

I previously had ubuntu 10.10 installed and upgraded to 11.04. However, desktop is same 10.10 (gnome) as despite the upgrade. How can I disable the Gnome and activate Unity instead?
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8answers
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Add custom command in the open with dialog?

In earlier versions of Ubuntu (10.10-) there was an option in the "open with" tab in the properties window, to add a custom command to open a file. However, this is no longer the case in Ubuntu 11.10. ...
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6answers
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Is there any tweak to bring back emblems in Nautilus?

I read the following dev email Removing 'Backgrounds and Emblems' and when i read this part: Note that this does not completely remove the ability for extensions (e.g. Dropbox) to add emblems ...
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3answers
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How do I change the font DPI settings?

I installed Oneiric on a clean system, and found that the font tab is gone from the Appearance settings. This is a problem, because by default the text in Ubuntu is too large. I changed the text from ...
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1answer
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Problem with gnome3-shell (top taskbar) [closed]

I install gnome-shell and Zukitwo-theme. The upper taskbar it is transparent but behind is a bar how can get rid off it. Do I need this bar? See the image!!
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8answers
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Where can I get themes and eye-candy for my desktop?

Apart from those themes in the repository and Gnome-look.org, are there other places to get themes for my Ubuntu Desktop? Also, are there any 3rd party repositories of themes and other eye-candy?
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Reset Unity and Gnome to default values [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset my Unity configuration? How do I reset GNOME to the defaults? Apparently I've messed up a lot with my Unity and Gnome 3 settings and now my system looks ...
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8answers
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Why does installing gnome shell extensions from extensions.gnome.org fail silently?

On a fresh Ubuntu install (12.04, 64-bit), after installing gnome-shell, I've tried to install some extensions from extensions.gnome.org but got no result. I've tried with Firefox and Chromium and got ...
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4answers
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How to distribute windows over virtual desktops in Gnome

I have a load of virtual desktops running and I usually have one full screen application per desktop (so sort of like the Ratpoison WM but with an option to use it in other ways when needed). I want ...
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1answer
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How to make KDE applications look native in GNOME?

is there a way to make KDE applications (like digiKam) look native in GNOME?
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How to get the GNOME 3 login manager installed?

I was wondering if it is possible to get the GNOME 3.2 GDM login theme working on Ubuntu 11.10. I installed GDM alongside LightDM, but the GDM greeter is really ugly.
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4answers
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How to install GNOME Shell extensions

How do I install GNOME Shell extensions?
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4answers
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Can I apply a different GTK3 theme from the main one to an individual application?

For example, can I keep Ambiance as main theme but assign elementary theme to elementary's app?
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6answers
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Remove Gnome Shell completely after installing it?

I wanted to try gnome-shell in 11.10 (also 12.04 now) I removed it, however, classic Gnome is still there and the battery icon is changed (too big and can't use a icon pack on it like faenza) Also, ...
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3answers
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How to start an app with “Always On Top” set?

There are a couple of applications that I find myself marking as "Always on Top" every time I use them, so I wonder if there is a way to automatically set them as so, whatever way I start them (menu, ...
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8answers
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How do I stop the screen from being locked on suspend?

On GNOME the screen locks when I suspend, and I find that a bit annoying (no one else in the house uses ubuntu anyway haha). What can I do to stop this?
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4answers
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How to install Gnome 3 without breaking Unity?

I tried installing gnome 3 from the ppa, but it broke Unity and I had to reinstall Natty from scratch. Does anyone know if there is a way to install Gnome 3 without breaking Unity?
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4answers
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Selective mounted volumes for the GNOME Desktop and Nautilus Sidebar

By default 'mounted volumes' are shown on the Ubuntu desktop. I usually disable this (gconf-editor or Ubuntu Tweak) because I don't want, for instance, my Windows partition on the Desktop. However ...
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3answers
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Can I get Unity-style Super+[1-9] keyboard shortcuts for launching apps in Gnome Shell?

I'm trying out Gnome Shell instead of Unity to see if I like it better, and the Unity feature that I miss most is the ability to switch to specific applications using Super+ any number from 1 to 9. Is ...
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1answer
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Gnome Shell Extension Empty

Here is the situation. Changed unity shell to gnome shell. Installed the gnome tweak tool, installed the shell extension, themes, etc...everything i normally need to do that is installed When i go to ...
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3answers
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How to remove GNOME completely?

I want make my installed Ubuntu as light as possible to launch only on 256MB RAM machine (VirtualBox)? So I'm thinking about removing GNOME and related components completely. How can I do that? This ...
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Add options to “Move to” (when you right click on a file) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Copy to” and “Move to” context menu options in Nautilus In Gnome (version 2.30.2), when I right click on a file, one of the options is "Move to ...
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5answers
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How do I change the colors of the Ambiance & Radiance themes?

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and i wanted to change colors in Ambiance/Radiance themes, by default it has orange and i wanted to change it to Blue, I tried using gnome-color-chooser, but it didn't work? ...
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8answers
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Unlock keyring prompts three times instead of one time

When I have "automatic login" activated, the "Unlock the Gnome Keyring" box asks for my password. But this happens three times. There are three boxes asking me for my password. In 10.04 the box ...
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2answers
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Will Ubuntu 11.04 use GNOME 3?

Will Ubuntu 11.04 use Gnome 3? If so, what differences for end-user is going to be? I know that there won't be Gnome shell, but what about the login screen? Will Ubuntu continue using that old (GNOME ...
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3answers
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Gnome 3 ppa was unstable until April 28th, so is it ok now?

Everything I read said that the GNOME 3 PPA for Natty would be very experimental, cause sudden death, etc until April 28th. Well, today is April 28th, so if I start using GNOME 3 from the PPA will it ...
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2answers
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Delete extra toolbar on top of the screen in GNOME fallback mode?

Clean install to 11.10, trying to keep Gnome Classic. I've installed gnome-session-fallback and removed unity via software center, and this toolbar still won't go away. Has anyone had any ...
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1answer
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Will I be able to switch to Gnome-Shell in 11.04?

I'm a bit confused about whether or not Gnome-shell is a new distribution or just a desktop environment? Will shell be available to install and use instead of Unity?
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3answers
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Can I install Unity on 10.04?

I don't have any problem with GNOME, it's actualy great, but wanna testing same thing new, how?
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12.04 gnome classic ambiance font problem

I've tried standard ambiance and have tried ambiance oneiric but the color of the windows on the panel has not changed.The color is still white. And the problem with the color of the font gnome ...
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5answers
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Why is Ubuntu 11.04 switching to Unity?

I understand from Jono Bacon's blog that Ubuntu will be switching to Unity as the default desktop in the upcoming 11.04. What's not clear is "Why?". Could someone explain the benefits of Unity over ...
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4answers
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What's the easiest way to mount Windows share as a local folder in home directory?

Via Gnome Nautilus I can easily mount Samba shares from my Ubuntu Server. However, these "mounts" are kinda of fake. Many applications I run do not recognize that Gnome has mounted these server ...
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2answers
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GNOME 3 Shell keyboard/mouse shortcuts

What keyboard or mouse shortcuts for GNOME 3 exist ?
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6answers
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How to achieve List/Tree view in Nautilus?

How to achieve List/Tree view in Nautilus like the following screenshot? Cant find information about this. ps Im using Ubuntu Remix with pure Gnome 3, and last version of Nautilus.
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2answers
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Reset gnome font configuration?

How do I reset the font settings - actual font and size - to their default? (I changed some values in System->Preferences->Appearance->Fonts) This is particularly important with the new Ubuntu font ...
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5answers
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Disable automatic activation of Gnome Shell activities on mouse over

I have been searching for a way to disable the "hot corner" feature of the Activities button in Gnome Shell. I would prefer it to require a click such that I don't keep accidentally activating it upon ...
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GNOME Mplayer: “Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so” error

Using GNOME Mplayer everytime I play a video, I get the annoying dialog pop-out in the screenshot below.