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 user should never use normal sudo to start graphical application?

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 way ...
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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 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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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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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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Launcher and window menu bar missing after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04 and now my launcher menu is missing. I opened terminal using CTRL+ALT+T and the menu shows but the GUI (bar) above that is missing. Things like CTRL+TAB and image ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Are there any GUI apps that can create .desktop files?

My question is simple. Is there any fast and easy way of creating .desktop files for shortcuts? For example, I think you can right click and create .desktop shortcuts in Linux Mint. I already know ...
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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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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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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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How can I tweak padding in UI elements?

Is there a way to tweak the amount of padding inside UI elements in Ubuntu, besides installing a different gtk theme? This is how eclipse looks in Ubuntu (with the Radiance theme) And this is how ...
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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 do I determine if I am running 32 bit or 64 bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I check if I have a 32-bit or a 64-bit OS? This question seems to come up quite regularly. The answer I know is to go to terminal and type uname -m if it says ...
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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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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 do I get the GUI to come back?

My computer for some reason is no longer booting into the GUI. It sends me straight to the command line. How do I get it to launch the GUI and how do I get it to launch the GUI by default on startup? ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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What's the difference between GTK and QT?

Please bear with me as I'm a newcomer to Linux. I've been writing GUI programs in REALbasic on a Mac for several years. I'm trying to learn Python and I want to write GUI apps for Linux (primarily ...
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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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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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Ubuntu 11.10 is falling back to Unity 2D. How to get back to Unity 3D?

It happened some minutes ago when I plugged my secondary monitor and my graphical interface simply crashed. So I had to restart my session. Since the crash Ubuntu insists to use Unity2D fall back ...
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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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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 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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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 improve GUI and font appearance of programs installed under CrossOver?

This can be done in Wine but can it be done in CrossOver?
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How do I add or delete user accounts?

How do I add or delete user accounts in Ubuntu? I know that the "useradd" command could be used to do this, but I hear that Ubuntu has some other command-line tool and some GUI somewhere, either one ...
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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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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 ...