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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tool for viewing available DBUS messages I can send to an application

Is there a graphical tool or maybe a command-line one that lists all the messages and parameters/arguments that I can send to a DBUS-enabled program?? I really want to try scripting some DBUS things ...
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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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Is there any GUI tool for Upstart

Is there currently any GUI based application to show currently running services, with buttons to start and stop services? It doesn't necessarily need to be able to set boot up behaviour.
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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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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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CLI mounting vs. GUI mounting

On Ubuntu 12.10, when I want to mount a hard drive, I can just click on the unmounted drive and everything works fine (by mounting to /media/username/partitionlabel). Basically, I would like to do ...
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Is it possible to put a GUI to more than just TTY7?

My question is pretty much the title. I often use TTYs for handling different matters in parallel. This could be for instance: something local on TTY1 per SSH on ServerA on TTY2 per SSH on ServerB ...
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Unity hotkey for minimizing current window?

What are the hotkeys for switching the current window between maximized, normal, and minimized states? If some of these don't exist, can I set them somewhere?
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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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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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What's the equivalent to 'explorer .' (Windows) or 'open .' (Mac)?

Inside the terminal, I could use the command 'explorer .' in Win32 or 'open .' in Mac to open GUI explorer/Finder. What's the equivalent command in Ubuntu?
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How can I initiate Nautilus file operations from the command line?

How can I start Nautilus's "File Operations" GUI from the command line? My goal is to include this in a Nautilus script.
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increase padding in gnome terminal

I'd like to increase the padding in the gnome terminal, because the default has no padding and hurts my eyes. (Padding as in: I want space between the window border and where the text input/output is ...
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Restart Only GUI Session Or Restart Only Operating System?

Is It possible In Linux to restart only gui session or os ( i m not talking about restarting pc ) back in windows 98 if u want to restart the gui session or only os u just need to hold down shift ...
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Are there any GUI man page editors are available?

I find the man page format extremely painful to write. Is there a GUI (WYSIWYG or WYSIWYM) editor available to make this task easier? I'm hoping for an application that is to man pages as Kompozer is ...
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What is the command to update time and date from internet

What is the command to update time and date from Internet. Is there any application that allows me to do so graphically?
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Is there a GUI utility to mount remote filesystems over SSH?

Is there a GUI utility to mount remote filesystems over SSH (SSHFS)?
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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 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 there a way to manage my Grub menu options from with the GUI/desktop?

With each kernel update, a new entry is placed in Grub to provide a way to boot that specific kernel version. I have about 5 at the moment and, to be honest, once I have confirmed I can boot into the ...
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GUI for iptables?

I would like to secure my server and it seems that IPtables is one of the first steps. Unfortunately editing the rules in a terminal is a bit complicated and dangerous (those who ever did an iptables ...
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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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Remove ugly fat bazel from gnome-terminal with multiple-tabs

When I start gnome-terminal it looks quite pleasant but when I open another tab it's borders turns ugly: How can I preserve thin bezel while using multiple tabs?
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How can I make Ubuntu/GNOME look better i.e more smaller and compact?

I like Ubuntu and I don't use Windows except at office but I have always felt that every thing in Ubuntu/Gnome is a bit bigger than it should be i.e the fonts, desktop icons, the window borders and ...
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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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UI elements become completely unresponsive

Many of my UI elements become completely unresponsive. This happens in both Unity and GNOME Classic. There are lot's of examples of this, but usually only some of the UI elements are unresponsive ...
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Any way to clean up the look of the shutdown/logout/restart process?

So, I've given up trying to configure my system (ubuntu 10.10, open source ATI drivers) to shutdown/logout/restart gracefully. Whenever I do any of the three, all I get is an ugly ubuntu logo with ...
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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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What software was used to make the Software Center mockups?

I was reading this Ubuntu Software Center design document and wondering, what software was used to design all those ui concept?
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Easy database tool (the more gui the better)

So a friend of mine wants to set up a database for managing his investigation data. But he does not know any programming. So i offered a little help but also want to make sure that he could manage his ...
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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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GUI tools for Apache

Are there any GUI tools for configuring and monitoring Apache?
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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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Are there Human Interface Design Guidelines for Unity Development?

I was surfing developer.ubuntu.com, searching for Unity-Human-Interface-Design-Guidelines or a Unity-HIG, but I didn't find anything. I've seen design.ubuntu.com, but that's not what I'm talking ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to remove shadows behind windows and menus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I remove shadows of the windows in Unity? Is it possible to remove shadows behind windows and menus in Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity?