GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) is a collection of GTK-base software that provides the desktop environment GNOME-Shell. This is a very general tag that should only be used for questions referring to GNOME in general, and not a specific component.

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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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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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Why is Ubuntu 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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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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Difference between vim-gtk and vim-gnome

How are the packages vim-gtk and vim-gnome different from each other? I've tried both and the resulting Gvim feels the same (to me). If there is no difference, why are both packages maintained?
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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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Why are .goutputstream-xxxxx files created in home folder? [closed]

I find a lot of files with names of the like .goutputstream-xxxxx where xxxxx are some alphanumeric characters. Here is a screenshot of the home folder Any idea why I should keep these or can I ...
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Is there a shell-independent HUD-like menu search tool for Xfce/GNOME/Cinnamon?

The Ubuntu Heads-Up Display (HUD) - you love it or you hate it. Personally I rather like a classic desktop, so I use Xfce or GNOME-fork Cinnamon, and I'd like to keep those menu's where they are. But ...
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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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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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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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How do I check my version of GNOME-Shell?

There's got to be some simple way I'm missing, but for the life of me I can't find it. How do I check my version of GNOME-Shell?
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Enable horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu

There is no option in Mouse & Touchpad Settings to enable horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu 13.04+ (Raring/Saucy/Trusty) (GNOME 3.8+): No horizontal scrolling even by enabling two finger scroll or ...
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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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How do you create a custom application launcher in Gnome Shell?

How do you create a custom application launcher in Gnome Shell? I have a local Eclipse installation that I'd like to be to quickly launch. So I created a symlink to the eclipse binary and placed it ...
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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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How do I add minimize / maximize buttons to GNOME shell windows?

Just installed Ubuntu 12.04, then I did sudo apt-get install gnome-shell and windows have only a close button, how can I enable minimize / maximize? The old gconf-editor doesn't seem to work cause ...
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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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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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How to set Monday as the first day of the week in GNOME Calendar applet?

What is the recommended way to change the first day of the week to Monday (instead of Sunday, as in the screenshot below)? I couldn't find anything related in Clock Preferences, nor in System -> ...
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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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How do I manage applications on startup in GNOME 3?

I had a nice GUI for changing startup applications (after logging in) on GNOME 2. How can I start that application on GNOME 3? Where can I download it? What is the package name? What command is used ...
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How do I turn off the alt-shift-uparrow keybinding in GNOME?

After upgrading from 10.10 to 11.04, the key sequence ALT-Shift-UpArrow now seems to have a window-manager level definition. It seems that this is a new unity key sequence. However, I'm using ...
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Adding custom applications to Gnome launcher

Looking for a utility that allows me insert an item into the list of applications that GNOME knows about. For example: I have downloaded Eclipse EE (I have some very special plugins that I need to ...
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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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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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How can I make the draggable window border thicker, without changing the appearance?

When you want to resize a window in gnome (as well as in other systems) you can click-and-hold at the window's border and than drag it. The problem is (and do correct me if I'm wrong here) that the ...
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How do I add a launcher for .sh applications?

I have installed ubuntu (11.04). I installed phpstorm which is simply an archive for you to extract and shove in your /opt directory. To run it you would use /opt/PhpStorm-103.243/bin/PhpStorm.sh ...
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how to find the current version of gnome

I'm using ubuntu 12.04. I tried $ gnome-about –gnome-version gnome-about: command not found $ gnome-session --version gnome-session 3.2.1 Why I need is because my desktop environment doesn't ...
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apportcheckresume recurring error and gnome shell fixations

Since installing Ubuntu 12.10 Gnome remix I encounter unpredictable and unwanted behavior of my system. Almost after each resume from suspend (or even after unlocking the screen after it goes blank) ...
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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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Before you login you must answer me these questions 3?

I have two kids that love Ubuntu so much so that they are not doing their Math homework. So in the spirit of Monty Python, I would like to present them with something like: "Stop. Who would cross ...
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GNOME 3 Shell keyboard/mouse shortcuts

What keyboard or mouse shortcuts for GNOME 3 exist ?
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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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Alt + Tab is not working in gnome shell at ubuntu 12.04 [closed]

I have installed ubuntu 12.04 and running gnome-shell. So far almost everything went fine, but Alt + Tab is not working. How can I get Alt + Tab working? or there is some other alternative?
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How do I disable Compiz in the Ubuntu Classic session?

I would like to disable Compiz in Natty (Ubuntu Classic). I have tried to access this through System > Preferences > Appearance but the "Visual Effects" tab is no longer there. On previous releases ...
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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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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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How do I set a shortcut to screenshot a selected area?

In gnome's screen shot program, the quick keys PrtScn captures the entire screen and alt+PrtScn captures the active window. Is there a way to script or set up the third capture option of a selected ...
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What is the relationship between Unity, Gnome, Gnome 3, Compiz, Metacity, and LightDM?

I am learning about Graphical User Interfaces in Ubuntu and constantly come across different terms, which cause a lot of confusion for me. I have tried reading easy-to-understand tutorials about the ...
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Is it possible to customise the search engine buttons in GNOME Shell?

When searching in gnome-shell, there are two buttons towards the bottom of the screen which can be used to search with Wikipedia and Google. Is there any way to customise these? If, say, I wanted to ...
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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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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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What can I use instead of gnome-open?

What is a current replacement of 'gnome-open' command (generic open of files based on the type)? Before: gnome-open mydoc.pdf # opened PDF in default application Now: gnome-open The program ...
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How can I create a application launcher for a .sh file?

I have this run.sh file, and I've create a symbolic link into my desktop. When I double-click on it the file the following dialog appearsr And I have to click on "run" each time. How can I create ...
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How to install GNOME Shell extensions

How do I install GNOME Shell extensions?
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Prevent gnome-shell's dash from listing Recent Items

I am using gnome-shell in Ubuntu 11.10. I am getting annoyed when dash search lists Recent Items. I have tried many ways to prevent it like Deleting activity.sqlite and activity.sqlite-journal files ...
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How can I install Typing Break?

I've just upgraded to beta 2 of Oneiric/11.10 and the typing break has gone. I've gone into the system settings and looked in "Keyboard Layout" and "Keyboard" and can't find anything. Has it just ...
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Typing “↑” (upwards arrow) with a keyboard shortcut

When I'm programming, I find useful to use some unicode symbol like ← ↓ → to indicate in comments different things. In ubuntu I can type ← ↓ → respectively with ALT GR + Y, ALT GR + U, ALT GR + I. ...
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Why do my gvfs mounts not show up under ~/.gvfs or /run/user/<login>/gvfs?

From what I read, when mounting a network share via nautilus or gvfs-mount the mount point should be in ~/.gvfs. This seems not to be the case for me: I tried mounting both an FTP and SMB share via ...