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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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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KDE, GNOME, XFCE, Unity, ad-nauseum… Can a GUI app run in X without any of these?

This upcoming Ubuntu move to Unity as its Desktop Manager, got me wondering where the modular line lies between a Desktop Manager and X. My understanding is that X is a window manager, and window ...
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How can I change the Hidden Attribute of a file/folder? (Alternative to attrib FILENAME -h)

On a MS Based system (Windows, any versions) You can use the attrib command in order to change the attributes on a specified file, directory or directory with recursively changing the files inside the ...
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Remove GUI on Ubuntu Server

I installed a GUI on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS using sudo aptitude install --without-recommends ubuntu-desktop not sure why just playing around. Any way I would like to remove it and cannot figure out ...
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Do I need a desktop to run a GUI?

I am setting up a light weight VM, following the guide in the Ubuntu Documentation What I want to be able to do is launch a GUI application. I don't need / want anything on the desktop. First I ...
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Is it possible to execute an action by double clicking on the Desktop?

Is it possible to execute an action (a command or a Bash Script) by double clicking on the Desktop? I want to emulate the function that Fences does in Windows systems: By double clicking the desktop, ...
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Is there some way to get a more usable file chooser dialog?

On other operating systems the file chooser dialog in applications lets you do things like: see a larger preview of images in the current directory create a new folder change the view of the current ...
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Window is hidden but process is running

How may I restore the windows for a given pid? It would be useful in some situations where the window of a certain program disappears (happens to me sometimes). For example, every time when i'm ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Why is X11 a security risk in servers?

I remember reading that servers do not have a GUI because X11 is a security risk. Why?
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Is there a GUI for /etc/hosts that I can use?

I want to be able to easily and frequently edit my hosts file from a quick GUI. Any one know of one that exists? Thanks!
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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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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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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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Do apps designed for a different desktop environment (GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, …) break?

Is it true that each app is designed for its own desktop environment (like GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, etc.)? If I try to use an app that's made for a different desktop than I'm using (like using a GNOME app ...
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What is a simple, free SOAP client (GUI)?

On Windows I would use SoapUI, which can be run on Ubuntu either as a standalone application (see instructions on how in this question) or as an Eclipse plugin. Is there any other GUI available - ...
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How do I log into bash shell only?

On my home desktop I want to use Ubuntu Unity sometimes and just the bash shell (without any GUI) other times. Is it possible to set up a login option where I can choose between using the Unity GUI ...
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How can I restore the activity monitor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can replace system monitoring in the top Gnome Panel in Unity? I was wondering if its still possible to get the Activity Monitor for things like load and ram usage ...
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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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I killed my GUI and Startx cant find a “screen”

First off let me mention that this problem happened a while ago so i may have forgotten some of the details. A while ago I was trying to get used to backtrack5 and I was doing pretty well I think. I ...
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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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Option for logging in with GUI or CLI

I am using a desktop with dual boot options Windows XP and Ubuntu 12.04 and I'm able to use both the systems very well. Is there any option/method so that instead of logging in to GUI directly, ...
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Gnome 3.8 on Ubuntu 12.04.2 lts [duplicate]

How to I get Gnome 3.8 on Ubuntu 12.04.2 lts because I want to try it and I don't want to upgrade to a non-lts version of ubuntu. Without I back porting it?
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Is there a GUI program to securely delete files and folders? [duplicate]

I see there's a lot of info in the answers to this question. I have used such CLI commands added to the context menu of the file manager (mostly Thunar's custom actions, which I favour over Nautilus, ...
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Why is there no lightweight desktop environment specialized for free developers? [closed]

Almost every desktop environment that has reached an acceptable amount of quality has structures to appear good for most private users. The user's home directory has sub-directories like "my music", ...
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How to open a GUI app from Terminal without losing terminal input [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to clean launch a GUI app via the Terminal (so it doesn't wait for termination)? If I have a terminal open in X-window, I can start a GUI app from the terminal. ...
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How do I get started with an Ubuntu friendly GUI framework?

I have a few small scripts that I use for routine tasks. They require simple parameters to run. Rather than running them from the terminal, I'd prefer to pick something from the menu, be presented ...
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Not getting GUI mode on ubuntu 12.04 desktop edition after installation on vmware workstation 7

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 desktop edition on my PC using VMWare workstation 7. I assigned 1GB RAM and 20 GB Hard disk to Ubuntu. While starting Ubuntu virtual machine, It is not starting up with GUI ...
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How to add applications and GUI to the minimal Ubuntu?

I would like to build a custom Ubuntu from the minimal Ubuntu version. I plan to use the 11.10 version. My question is, how to I add the basic necessary packages like networking, desktop, apt-get, ...
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Can my xubuntu installation be converted to standard Ubuntu?

I currently have xubuntu installed on my netbook, and I'm considering converting it to the standard vanilla Ubuntu. Is this possible? If so, how do I start?
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Where to learn GRUB commands?

First of all is the GRUB essential to have Ubuntu? If yes, where can I learn it's commands? It makes me dead when it stops booting Linux and displays dangerous prompts. And is there any good ...
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Looking for BIND web interface

I currently manage the domains of many clients and would like to setup a BIND server so I can all manage them from one place. Now, I'm looking for a web interface to BIND that would let my clients ...
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Find file by content - Simple GUI-based solution

I'm looking for a GUI way to search for a textfile file by content on Ubuntu precise/Gnome 3 (i.e. find all "*.rb" files which contain the word "script" in "~/Documents" and subdirectories). I know ...
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Run a GUI program at startup on top of X with no window manager

I want to start a program on top of X after startup. I want no desktop manager, nor window manager, but I just want to start a single program like Firefox after startup. Is there a standard way to do ...
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Does g++ compiler have graphical user interface?

As the question says, I wonder if the default ubuntu compiler, g++, has graphical user interface.
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How do I Copy one file to many subfolders?

It sounds like a simple question but if it was I wouldn't be asking it. I can obviously do this by opening all the folders in nautilus and pasting each one individually but the computer is the robot ...
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Is there a usable GUI version of Photorec or Testdisk?

I wanted to recover some files from my sd card with Photorec, everything went fine, I use Ubuntu for a few years now, so I've seen the terminal quite a few times. BUT I wondered if a GUI version of ...
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Can a Gnome2 like interface be built upon the new Gnome3 code?

As far as I understand, both Unity and the new Gnome Shell are both running on new Gnome code base. There's some name confusion because talking about Gnome seems to refer to both the code underneath ...
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What Interface Toolkit is being recommended for Ubuntu on Nexus7/Mobile Devices?

I understand this is a may be a very premature question given that the current build is for testing Ubuntu Core, but I have just bought a Nexus7 to join in with this Ubuntu on mobile adventure and ...
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Confused about what makes up the Ubuntu GUI

I am now getting more into customizing my Ubuntu experience and want to understand better what all these different things I keep running into are. What is Gnome3 and Gnome2 in relation to GTK3 or ...
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Upgraded to 11.04 and now most of the UI is gray and boxy

I just upgraded to 11.04, and now most UI elements are gray and crappy looking (see screenshot). When I first log in, the panel looks black (as Ambiance theme is supposed to look), but then after a ...
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Graphic Interface doesn't start

I came back to work after a week away and this is what greets me: If I press enter it displays the tty1 login prompt. I have booted using a 12.04.2 Live USB and it seems to work fine, I`m using it ...
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Is it possible to adjust the vertical size of the Unity launcher?

I want to make the bottom of the Unity launcher stop a little higher, is this possible? This isn't related to width or icon size. Searching turned up nothing about this. This is on Ubuntu 11.10.
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How to run a cron job that relies on .Xauthority?

I want to take a screenshot every five minutes with 'scrot'. To do this over a SSH connection, I can either run ssh -X user@server while true; do scrot -z; sleep 300; done OR (after manually check ...
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Can't change folder background

I tried to change via dragging from the Backgrounds and Emblems window, but the icon just goes back to that window rather than changing the folder background.However, I can change the task bar by this ...
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MythTV GUI problems

I'm using MythTV to watch TV on my ubuntu computer and I'm having a problem with the resolution. It seems that the GUI resolution is matched with the channel resolution, so If I'm watching a HD ...
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What is the power consumption difference between GUI and Shell?

I was wondering if there is any difference in power consumption between regular graphic interface mode and command line shell mode. And if it is what is the difference? Could I use Ubuntu on the ...
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LTSP thin client boots to a command prompt instead of a GUI [closed]

When I install Edubuntu 11.10 with LTSP, it installs fine. When I go to boot from the thin client it opens a terminal (looks like MS-DOS) on the thin client, but the LTSP server shows a GUI. I am new ...