Questions related to "GUI"s - that is, a Graphical User Interface. (As opposed to a Command line interface from a terminal)

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Why should users never use normal sudo to start graphical applications?

I've read the comunity "RootSudo" documentation and am interested in this line: You should never use normal sudo to start graphical applications as Root. Why? What is the difference? Please ...
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How do you run Ubuntu Server with a GUI?

Trying to run a Ubuntu server for the first time... But everything is in a terminal. Is there a way to switch to a GUI? Also, the server doesn't have direct access to the internet... So, is there a ...
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How do I mark a file as executable via a GUI?

How do I mark a file as executable using a graphical interface (GUI)?
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System Monitoring Tools For Ubuntu

I am looking for System Monitoring tools which are GUI and Cli or Web Based which include Basic Functions such as CPU Usage Ram Usage Swap Usage Disk Usage ( Space / I/O ) Heat Monitoring I know ...
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How to start a GUI software on a remote Linux PC via SSH

Sometimes I need to start XMBC media player or other GUI software a one of my PC (small Xubuntu PC used as a media center). Usually I do this starting a X11vnc server on the remote PC via SSH and ...
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When to use pkexec vs. gksu/gksudo?

There are two general ways to run applications graphically as root (or, more generally, as another user). Programs like gksu, gksudo, and kdesudo are graphical frontends for sudo. In contrast, pkexec ...
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How can I hide directories without changing their names?

The OCD in me wants directories I do not like the name of to be hidden since I do not interact with them directly. How can I hide directories without using the dot notation?
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How run a .jar file with a double-click?

I have a problem running .jar files by double-clicking them. When I go to the Properties dialogue I can't find Java--only Archive Manager in the list of programs. But java -jar somefile.jar opens the ...
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What are some GUI clients for Git?

I am using git for version control of various projects. Is there easy-to-use software for navigating through commits and branches of a project and for retrieving versions?
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How to remove the graphical user interface?

Okay my question is that, I want to run a heavy application, on a Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) with just 2 GB RAM (Windows 7 32Bit Host has 4 GB, 3.5 GB effective). Initially I thought of installing ...
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How do I boot to a command line interface instead of a GUI?

Hi I have ubuntu server 10.04 installed and I also installed the following: su aptitude install xorg xfce4 aptitude install <name of GUI browser, I use firefox> aptitude install gedit aptitude ...
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Will I be able to get an interface that is like Gnome Classic in Ubuntu 14.04?

For a while I departed from Ubuntu to use Linux Mint because I really don't like Unity, or Gnome 3's most recent interface. I was fine with what was called "Gnome Classic", but I feared it was being ...
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How to start GUI from command line?

I've installed the following version of ubuntu om my machine. ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso But when I switch on the computer, I get command line. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS COMP-1245 tty1 Once I ...
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Launcher, top Panel, and window decorations missing after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04 and now my launcher is missing. I opened terminal using CTRL+ALT+T and the menu shows but the GUI (bar) window decorations above that is missing. Things like CTRL+TAB ...
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How to change the color of the scroll bar?

The scrollbars in Unity are of very low contrast, and I can't see where the bar is using just peripheral vision. I have to look at the scrollbar. Look at Mac OS X interface and notice the blue, ...
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Is it possible to change language for user interface temporarily?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 with German UI. However, when I ask questions here or anywhere else on Stack Exchange, and I am adding screenshots, I would prefer having them in English. Thus, my question is: How ...
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How can I graphically mount ISOs?

I want a graphical (GUI) method to mount an ISO, is there any way to do so?
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Add a new custom session?

I would like to add a new session to the login screen (the thing where you select "Ubuntu, Ubuntu Classic, etc" to install a new GUI on. How can I do this?
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Possible to install ubuntu-desktop and then boot to no GUI [duplicate]

I've installed Ubuntu Server. I'd like to add the GUI with ubuntu-desktop package, but if I do that can I still get the no-gui server interface as the default? What I basically need is the no-gui and ...
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How do I get to the GUI after switching to a virtual console?

I just jumped into a command line virtual console using Ctrl-Alt-F1, and i would now like to return to the gui. startx gives me something along the lines of 'this server is already active for display ...
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Is there a Linux file manager with a proper drop-down tree view? (like finder in OS X)

As a happy Linux user for almost a year now, this is the bane of my existence. Does the Linux community hate tree views for some obscure reason? I don't mean a tree view in the side panel. That's ...
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How can I add a desktop/GUI to a command-line Ubuntu installation?

I had installed Ubuntu on a VM, with a command-line only interface, now I have had enough of command-line interface experience and plan to proceed with GUI mode. But I dont want to install a fresh ...
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Users and Groups Administration tool - What do the options in User Privileges tab of Advanced Settings do?

How does the "User Privileges" tab in the Advanced Settings of Users and Groups GUI work? I mean this window: Does it simply add or remove the user from certain groups, or is there something else? ...
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Is PyGTK still relevant?

I'm new to Linux but not to app development. I come from a RealBasic on a Mac background. I've accepted that I need to learn a new language to develop for Linux (since RB won't run on 64 bit distros ...
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Need an interface for a gui shell script more powerful than zenity

I want to write shell script file that has a GUI with multiple input boxes for user entry. I already tried zenity. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated.
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How can I edit the quicklists via GUI?

I want to make quicklists on my own. How do I do this from the GUI?
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Open file or application as root from GUI

Is it possible to open a file or application as root from the GUI? My ideal would be right-clicking on a file or an application and seeing an "Open as Root" choice in the context menu, after which I ...
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How do I get a list of running applications by using the command line?

I want to list only running application like: Firefox, gedit, Nautilus, etc. using the command line. Note: I don't want to list all running process, only applications which are running (say manually ...
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How to show a hidden file

I wanted to add classpath to my jdk. While searching a way to do it I notice everyone open .profile file using terminal. But when I want to open and edit it with a text editor I couldn't see that file ...
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Global menu not showing in Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity

I am on Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity shell. I am not quite sure what happened, but today I noticed that the menubar (containing 'File, Edit, etc...') is not appearing on the panel as it used to (i.e. the ...
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How to disable the guest account via the GUI? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable the guest session? I know you can edit a configuration file to disable the guest account, but is there any option to do that via the Ubuntu 12.10's GUI? ...
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How to return to the GUI?

I am very new to Linux and Ubuntu. I use Ubuntu 11.10. I was trying to exit the X server (in order to install some Nvidia drivers) and I typed in the terminal: sudo service lightdm stop How can I ...
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How to fix the error warning failed to connect to lvmetad falling back to internal scanning

My computer recently give me an error right after I installed gnome It said warning failed to connect to lvmetad falling back to internal scanning I need help to fix the error this is the only ...
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Accidentally removed ia32-libs and now GUI is not working

I have removed accidently i32-libs... using the following command sudo apt-get remove ia32-libs Now the GUI is not properly working. How can I fix this?
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What is a good MongoDB GUI client?

I've been using Rockmongo on Windows - it's a php based web tool. But on Ubuntu (12.04) it's behaving funny - queries timing out often - and I'm looking for better clients. Does anyone know anything ...
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Why is Wayland better?

As recently announced by Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu will be moving towards using Wayland as its display manager. What are biggest differences between X11 and Wayland? Why will Wayland make Ubuntu ...
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Find duplicate files and folders and move these to a different folder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find (and delete) duplicate files Is there a reliable duplicate file/folders utility, (with GUI) for Linux that can find duplicate files or folders and move them to ...
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How can I set my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to boot to console without GUI? [duplicate]

So I installed Ubuntu server to run some tests on a VM. For various reasons I couldn't get a specific DEB file, and instead of using a shared folder I decided it would be a good idea to install ubuntu-...
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Is there a GUI for youtube-dl?

youtube-dl is advanced but it lacks a good GUI. I personally can't use such a program without a GUI. Something similar to YTD downloader will be good. I need it to have a progress bar and other ...
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GUI for configure -> make -> make install

I found a KDE gui for the configure -> make -> make install routine, kconfigure. But, I did not try it out, since the project was last active in 2005. Is there a gui for the same for Ubuntu. I know ...
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What GUI are there for Axel or for other such downloaders that use multiple connections?

In order to enjoy my maximum download speed, I use and like Axel very much, but from time to time I download multiple files and having so many windows opened has some disadvantages. I use Axel with ...
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Are there plans for system-wide smooth scrolling?

As Ubuntu seems to be making strategic preparations for a tablet-like experience, I wondered what priority smooth scrolling is for the team. A use case: I read PDFs on a netbook on a daily basis. ...
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Simple way to consistently access a SMB mount?

Is there any simple GUI way to make an SMB share persistent? I don't quite remember the steps, but on Windows, once you've mapped a share to a drive, you're given the option to 'reconnect on boot' (or ...
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Is it possible to use Ash window manager from Chrome OS?

Is it possible to use Ash window manager from Chrome OS? Here is how it looks like: More info: http://www.chromestory.com/2012/04/aura-and-ash-in-chrome-os-what-are-they/
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What are some good GUI binary viewers/editors?

What are some GUI applications that will let me view and edit binary files (executables, images, etc.).
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Set 7z compression level using GUI in Ubuntu

Archive Manager, or file-roller, doesn't seem to have the option to set the compression level for 7z files. However, the windows client 7-zip has an option to do so using GUI - On Ubuntu/Linux, ...
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How to bulk rename files after modification date?

I've got some photos with quite random names, but the dates (not exif, but when they were last edited) are correct. I'd like to rename them in that order, preferably so that the first photo is named "...
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How to change the location of the 'close' and 'minimize' window buttons?

I want to change the location of the 'close' and 'minimize' window. The default location is on upper left - and I want it to be on upper right. Screenshot attached
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How to run a Desktop graphical application just once under sudo?

For example, I'm trying to run Archive Manager from Ubuntu Desktop (10.04) under sudo otherwise it won't let me extract a Software Development Kit into /usr/local Update: I don't want sudo to be a ...
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How do you run a GUI application without GUI (gui application as daemon on headless server)?

Okay, so I want to run a GUI application as daemon on a server without X. The application is a java program. It can be configured in a configuration file so the GUI is not necessary to use it. ...