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Applications button does not function after updating kernel on Ubuntu 14.0.4 LTS (32bit)

I have been a casual user (meaning it is my primary OS, but I am not a linux expert of any sort) of Ubuntu for a few years starting with version 10. I try to stay on top of my updates so that ...
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Can see part of desktop wallpaper when maximized

Whenever I maximize an application I can see a line of the wallpaper showing next to the launcher. I set the wallpaper to a pink gradient just so it would be easier to see in a screenshot but it is ...
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Sometimes custom hotkey does not work

Sometimes after a while custom hotkey does not work and I should logout and log in. Is there any other way to fix it? Why this problem happened?
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Login textbox not coming in ubuntu12.04 after switch user account

When I tried to switch to other user a/c through "Switch User Account" on Ubuntu 12.04 ,the login screen came without textbox.So I am not able to type username.I am hanged. Plz help.
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Ubuntu 12.04 Unity interface becomes invisible when trying to modify color or highlighting of a text in LibreOffice

I'm experiencing a weird problem, and I'm not sure whether it is about Libreoffice or Unity shell itself or both. While working in Writer (version 4.2.8.2, but I experienced the same in 3.5), I try ...
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Unity gets resetted after crash/notebook loses power

If my notebook loses its power my unity desktop gets resetted to its default. I assume this would also happen if my notebook crashed but so far it never did. This regards only the desktop, the rest of ...
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High CPU with compiz and Ubuntu 14

The most recent update to 14 TLS has high compiz CPU usage. Running top, I can see that it goes up when hovering over the dock, and if I give focus to sublime, emacs, or gedit, it heads to 50% or ...
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12.04 LTS: Monodevelop having nothing but bugs? (Unity, ARM, Crouton)

Anything related to Mono/MonoDevelop refused to install on my desktop before. So, I decided to reinstall Ubuntu. The first thing I did when I opened it was go to UXTerm and type sudo apt-get install ...
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What package does the system menu reside in?

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04LTS Server on an ESXi 5.5 host (VMWare). My boss wanted a GUI, so I installed ubuntu-desktop, without recommends to reduce the amount of extra stuff loaded on the ...
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Creating ext4 filesystem for / in the partition # 1 SCXS12 (0,0,0) (sda) [on hold]

It is checked and does not advance when trying to install is the legend: Creating ext4 filesystem for / in the partition # 1 SCXS12 (0,0,0) (sda)
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Dropbox icon in the wrong place

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Yesterday when I logged in, I found out that the Wi-Fi indicator disappeared. However the main problem is that Dropbox indicator is located on the left, above the Dash ...
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How do I set and store the custom Keyboard Shortcuts? (Ubuntu 14.04)

I would like to set and retrieve the custom keyboard shortcuts via commandline. I've found out how to set and restore the normal standard shortcuts using gconftool-2 (and navigatable via ...
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Unity tweak tool devices issue

In the unity tweak tool, under desktop icons, there are options to make home folder, network, trash and devices appear on the desktop. All of those options work except devices.When I select the option ...
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Just installed some updates for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on Vmware, now desktop won't show

I just installed some normal updates through the auto-updater - I've never had a problem doing this. After restarting my virtual machine (using vmware player), the desktop no longer shows. When I ...
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Disable power-off button on NVidia Shield controller (joystick) in Unity

I have an NVidia Shield Controller, that is detected by Ubuntu as a standard joystick. Unity seems to react to some of the special buttons of this controller such as Volume Up, Volume Down and more ...
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Change language to arabic without changing window/GUI alignment

I recently changed my language to arabic but I found that the GUI is flipped horizontally which is not so nice and kinda nauseous. How do I make the GUI left-aligned with arabic language still ...
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How does Ubuntu boot the display manager and windows manager?

Every time I update to a new version of Ubuntu (presently I am using 14.04 LTS), I have trouble with the GUI. The trouble usually takes the form of a black, blank screen and no text login. Looking at ...
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14.04 : Cinnamon goes straight to Fallback on Nvidia card after reboot

A couple of days ago I did an update on my machine. apt-get update After the update proceeded I rebooted the machine and tried to log into cinnamon. Straight after the login I get a message saying ...
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Ubuntu desktop version 14.10 - how I disable the switching between the menu bar and the title bar on top of a window?

I'm using Ubuntu Desktop 14.10 with Unity and the Windows have switch between a title bar and the menu bar when I move the mouse to the top bar of the window? I want the menu bar permanently displayed ...
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How to enable hardware acceleration for Unity on Ubuntu 14.04?

Hardware Acceleration is disabled by default on my fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04. I did a $/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p in the terminal and got the result the everything is supported except ...
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Ubuntu 12.04: Installing MonoDevelop “broken packages”/“unmet dependencies” error

I am very new to Linux, so please forgive me if the answer to my question is obvious. Since I am running an ARM device and can't install wine, I am trying to install Mono/Develop. The problem is, ...
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Start computer, no launcher, no side panel and hot keys don't work.

So after I log in nothing appears, just the background. Can't manage to open up a terminal with Ctrl-Alt t. Nothing This happen after I mistakenly click an option in effects in Compiz. I saw a couple ...
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Do the newest amd graphics drivers still crash Ubuntu?

I've had a lot of trouble with fglrx drivers in the past, and I don't particularly feel like re-installing Ubuntu today, so does anyone know if the current amd software(seeing they've made an entirely ...
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Remove Ubuntu Studio Desktop Package from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am completely new to Ubuntu. Just upgraded from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. And, I installed ubuntustudio desktop package (it looked cool in screenshots). Now I want to uninstall it completely. Could ...
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Unity Launcher and blender render indicator

When I'm on windows at work I get to see a render indicator on the Blender icon in the windows bar -just as you would when copying files in Unity. Is it possible to have that somehow? It's pretty ...
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Preview for Unity/Nautilus

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 with Unity. I would like to have a Preview utility, like on a Mac. If you press Space key while having a file selected in Finder, it will show it in a temporary window. Super ...
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“Search your computer” widget get overlay by other views?

There are times that every view/window that is opened is overlaying the search widget that you open with "Super" key. No matter what window you open or set true/false for "Always on top". This is very ...
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Unity apps replaced with Gnome apps after installing Gnome Shell [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 14.10 installed on my PC and I recently installed gnome shell along with unity following this article. But, once I installed it, I noticed that, when I logged in with default ubuntu ...
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Add launcher for emacs

I installed emacs-24.4 and I can run it from the terminal. However, while the process was running, I right-clicked the icon on the dash and chose the Lock to Launcher option. But if I click that ...
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How do i get windows' view like on Fedora, where pressing super key? [duplicate]

When I use Fedora if I press the super key I get the view of all the applications i'm using, and it's very comfortable, is there a way of having this on Ubuntu? Thanks.
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System displaying “E” as “H” (?) from different font (?)

This is weird - and it just turned up yesterday. I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and fairly vanilla. As of yesterday, the system wants to display the character E as H. Here are two examples. First, the ...
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Lost dual displays in Ubuntu 14

After upgrade i cant connect two displays to my Dell Latitude e6430. Everything was fine until today, when i came to work and turned on my PC connected to two samsung displays resolution on them went ...
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Unity launcher: how can I make it show one icon per window?

I have a lot of chrome windows open on my machine (and multiple chrome profiles, even), but they all get merged down into one icon in the unity launcher. Is there a way to make them each show up as ...
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14.10 No menu bar or launcher after reboot [duplicate]

So I just upgraded to 14.10 last night and everything went smoothly. That is until I rebooted this morning to find a black screen and limited resolution on the cursor and the unlock box. I searched ...
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No unity on log in after update

I recently did what ended up being a do-release-upgrade to Ubuntu 14.10 from Ubuntu 14.10. I had to go into recovery mode and run the repair utilities to finish the update. The problem I'm having is ...
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Font Aliasing 14.10 Unity Tweak

I run 14.10 with Unity and use the Unity Tweak tool. When I installed I put in Droid and Noto fonts. I use AMD card with Sony TV at 1360x768. All has been fine but I turned my system on after ...
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Is there any way to be notified about system events in Ubuntu?

I want to write an application indicator for Unity to show a single number and a tooltip. I want to update this number when the date changes i.e. on 24:00 and I need to update it if computer wakes up ...
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Windows scattered across virtual desktops after waking up from sleep

My setup is two external screens connected to a docking station and the laptop screen all running (thanks, Lenovo!). I have four virtual desktops (Ubuntu 14.04, Unity). At any point I might have one ...
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Change default keyboard layout on startup via terminal [duplicate]

How I can change a default keyboard layout after logging in? Now it's set to my native. I want it to be an english one. Note, that I have no access to the desktop. The only I can use is a shell from ...
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hud service massive memory [duplicate]

I just looked at my system monitor (after noticing massive lag) and the hud service is using 10gb memory?! I killed the process, but what is causing this? I almost never use the hud service I have ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 compizconfig stuck

first time post. Running through the following post to get my 14.04.1 loaded on VirtualBox. unity-doesnt-load-no-launcher-no-dash-appears I've gotten to the step where I run ccsm and it hangs at ...
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ubuntu grinds to halt

Oftentimes, my new laptop (Yoga 2 Pro with 256GB SSD with >30GB free, Quadcore i7 processor, 8GB ram) grinds to a halt, to the point where it does not even respond to ctrl-alt-t for a terminal (to ...
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How to find program in unity dash and start use only keyboard

we have: ubuntu with unity 14.10 1. press Ubuntu key 2. start type name of program you want to start 3. press enter <- launch program not work! Unity do not start program you should click icon! ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 - Window focus not working [on hold]

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 64 Bit a few times now und got each time the problem, that the window focus not working correct. When i open a application i can not use it by mouse, only by keyboard. I ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 copy dialog gone

I am facing the problem, that my copy dialog is gone while performing a large copying operation. The miniature progres bar is still visible in the launcher icon and shows that the action is still ...
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Minimizing Or Closing Apps Cause Ubuntu To Freeze

So I want to try Gnome Environment and XFCE Environment, So I installed Both of them But I Did Disable Unity Plug-ings. But some How I managed to Uninstalled Both Environment and Got back my Unity. ...
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Timer/Stopwatch in Ubuntu 14.04 Unity?

These (easy-stopwatch, Zeegaree Lite) doesn't seem available in Ubuntu. What Timer/Stopwatch can I install in Ubuntu 14.04?
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14.04: When changing the default desktop environment to to Gnome Flashback Compiz, and reboot I get a 'The system is running in low-graphics mode"

Following this tutorial, I managed to change the environment from "unity-greeter" to "gnome-fallback-compiz" and then I rebooted and I got this: Yeah, and all the options are pretty much useless to ...
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unity chrome windows “unresponsive” greyed out and can't move

Periodically (a few times a week, sometimes a few times a day) my entire set of chrome windows gets greyed out. (Not just multiple tabs, but all separate windows on all workspaces including chrome ...
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How can I add or change anything in sidebar in Nautilius in Ubuntu 14.04?

In my Ubuntu 14.04 I would like to add something eg. Dropbox folder to the sidebar in the standard Ubuntu file browser - Files 3.10.1. I can't drag-and-drop. I can't Crlt-D the folder - the option ...