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How to make chrome web apps stack together?

I'm running Ubuntu 15.04 and I have created a few web apps for chrome. Each one of them opens a browser that points to localhost:XXXX. But now, the apps are staking together and sharing the same icon. ...
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When I log in to Unity, there is no window decoration and no dash. What should I do?

I have Ubuntu 15.04 with Unity 7 and KDE Plasma 5 installed. Following a recent update/upgrade, no window decorations and no dash appear on login, though windows do. What should I do?
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Is it possible to send keys to inactive window via any c/c++ library?

I'm developing a program where I need to control an inactive window by sending a couple of keys. I was wondering if there is any c/c++ library to do so on Ubuntu (and linux in general) ? I googled a ...
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old application launcher window in the repository

In older version of Ubuntu there used to be (in the repository) an application launcher window, that itself was a normal gtk application. It was just like the old control-center mentioned in How to ...
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Ubuntu XFCE missing system settings

I installed XFCE alongside Unity and almost all the icons from the gnome-control-center are missing. I have removed and reinstalled gnome-control-center, I have reinstalled ubuntu-desktop, but ...
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How to make indicator-sysmonitor as a default indicator

The Ubuntu 14.04 currently have at the top right corner these indicators shutdown,lock button, calender time details, battery details, Input format (English) as the default indicators. Is it possible ...
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Is using Unity Tweak on Ubuntu 14.04 safe?

I just installed Unity Tweak from the Ubuntu Software Center. The program have a lot of different customization options, like transparent bars and more options for windows snapping. But, can those ...
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Shutdown just logging out

I have an older hp pavilion all in one pc and after upgrading to 15.04 whenever I tell the computer to shutdown while in unity (haven't tried other DEs) it goes to the login screen as if I'd only ...
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MY laptop is too slow!

I'm using Ubuntu 14.4 OS. It was performing good at the beginning but after a week of using, it becomes very slow and annoying actually. My laptop features: Memory : 3.0 GB Processor : Intel® Core™2 ...
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Cannot reassign XF86Back and XF86Forward keys

I have thinkpad laptop with annoying back/forward keys near the arrow keys. I often press them by mistake, which leads to text losses while typing in browser. In other DEs (mate, xfce etc.) I usually ...
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How to remove the right border of the starter in unity?

I was wondering if it's possible to remove the white border from the unity starter (the background of the starter is transparent, so the border is visible). After searching around for a while I ...
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Alt key in an applications

Unity catches Alt pressing in various hotkeys combinations which I'm using in the applications, e.g. I'm using remote desktop application with windows on remote host and can't use Alt+Tab or Alt+Shift ...
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Unity Dash Flickers Instead of Opening

When I hit the meta key or click on the dash button, the dash will open very, very briefly and then immediately close. It is so quick I cannot read anything in the dash, let alone click anything. ...
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Getting Ubuntu Unity to run on my Chromebook (Toshiba CB30-B-104)

Completely new to Ubuntu and using terminal but have taken on the seemingly arduous task of trying to run Unity on my Chromebook. Main reason I want to try ubuntu out is for VLC, Transmission, text ...
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Unity launcher shows blacklisted unmounted partitions forever

"unlock from launcher" is ineffective - they all come back with the next boot. There is a workaround posted for Ubuntu 12.10 (see below) but this does not work for 15.04. This started after using ...
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Ubuntu Titlebar theme switched per application

So i was gone for two days come back and fire up my rig with ubuntu 14.04 on it. All of the sudden some applications are using a modified toolbar/titlebar as opposed to the one I want, the traditional ...
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Gnome flashback interface styling related on Ubuntu 14.04

Is it possible to get the window for shutdown/restart from Unity, with the blurred background and all, on Gnome flashback? On flashback, I currently get the old basic window.
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Put external monitor on the left

On my laptop with 14.04, I want to use an external monitor. I want to put my external monitor on the left side but ubuntu seems to logically put it on the right side. I tried to organize the display ...
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Windows are closed after unlocking

I've been using Ubuntu 14.04 for a long time. Recently when I lock my computer and unlock it after a while, Unity starts normal but all windows are closed. I was willing to share some (actual) info, ...
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blank desktop on Oracle virtualbox

I have been trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my oracle virtualbox, after installation, it brings forth a blank desktop without any programs or applications on it. It will display "Guest session" ...
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Dark interface at applications after installing gnome-desktop

I wanted to give the gnome desktop a try, so I installed it (gnome-desktop package). After rebooting I could select the Gnome DE just fine. I wanted then to go back to using Unity, so I selected ...
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Dash is empty, applications do not appear

I use Unity on Ubuntu 14.04. In Dash, applications are not present. Folders&files and plugins are there though. I tried : unity --reset sudo apt-get purge unity-lens-applications ...
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Unity doesn't load after login for any user

After an update of Ubuntu 14.04 a strange behavior started. After starting X11 and logging in the screen remain black, the mouse moves, all seems to be loaded. No errors on log but unity does not load ...
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The panel's icons are messed up

Yesterday I turned off my laptop(normal usage... without any new package installation), and after I turned on my laptop my menu bar's icon are messed like below: which gone icons are for bluetooth ...
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XFCE unity command mistake

Few days ago I erroneously run the command unity within XFCE. As expectable, what happened was that Unity started (it's a Ubuntu XFCE). I hoped to solve the problem by just restarting the device, ...
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How to get unity build dependencies after apply the LTS Enablement Stacks?

I have a Ubuntu 14.04.2 installation with the LTS Enablement Stacks (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack). I would like to build the Unity package from source to apply some custom ...
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The Unity launcher panel disappears after a second

Today I gave up on starting Firefox using the launcher because every time I moved the mouse pointer to the left edge of the screen, the launcher panel appeared, and immediately disappeared again (with ...
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Google Chrome's icon after Ubuntu 14.10 lastest update

I am getting the gray box with a question mark in the middle of the icon for chrome, before it would show the chrome icon but now it's this ugly icon, I did fix it with a sudo apt-get install ...
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Ubuntu taking long to shutdown

I use Ubuntu 15.04, I have a SSD drive also. Very recently onwards the ubuntu is taking long to shut down nearly 1:30 minutes. I checked the shutdown log messages and I get the follow message. A ...
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Can't get rid of Lubuntu's Login Greeter

If I lock my computer or logout, when I log back in, I want to see unity-greeter. But I can't seem to get rid of Lubuntu's greeter upon logging in. I once installed Lubuntu but have since uninstalled ...
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How do I get executable indexed by dash/launcher?

I've recently downloaded Eclipse package, and uncompressed it to /home/me/Development/tools. I'm quite new to the new Ubuntu so I'm not sure how it works. I assumed that the launcher/dash (not sure ...
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How to add panel indicators on a locked ubuntu

How should we add indicators on a locked ubuntu panel. In a default configuration when we lock ubuntu it will also stops showing indicators and shows this kind of windows. I want to know is it ...
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Ubuntu Menu won't show applications

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Ubuntu Menu A few weeks back I noticed that the Ubuntu menu was not showing applications. I've tried everything short of reinstalling Ubuntu to get them to show. The applications ...
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Install Kubuntu over Ubuntu 15.04 [duplicate]

I've got a Macbook air and it's impossible to install Kubuntu on it, so I ended up installing Ubuntu 15.04. Now it's time to replace it with Kubuntu 15.04 and the new plasma. Of course I have to ...
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How to prevent Truectypt volumes from appearing on the launcher panel?

I am using Truecrypt for some purposes (yes, I know it is considered compromised but I believe it's enough for my case and I find it very convenient) and I don't want the volumes I mount with it to ...
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what is an application shows calendar events in DateTime popup in Unity?

I remember that I've tried to set various apps up to show my events from google calendar in dateTime panel in Unity. But I believed that was unsuccessful (newbie in Ubuntu) But for now, I see that ...
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In which package is the more_suggestions.scope located and what does it do?

I can see that there are several scopes in Ubuntu 14.04 like searchin.scope web.scope books.scope news.scope more_suggestions.scope recipes.scope etc. What functions do these scopes perform? ...
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Intermittent copy and paste in Unity, but works fine in i3wm

When pasting some text, it often doesn't paste the most recently copied text, but something from earlier. This happens even when copying and pasting within the same application. I'm using 15.04, but ...
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How to remove gnome.desktop safely?

The command "ls -l /usr/share/xsessions/" shows me that I have both gnome.desktop and ubuntu.desktop installed. I log on with Unity and I can use my PC but some styles and colors seem to be still ...
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How do I solve duplicate icons, slightly differently named, for MarvinSketch? [duplicate]

I am running on 32 bit Ubuntu 15.04 and I have MarvinSketch installed (FYI Marvin is released as a .sh file). New MarvinSketch (or more specifically the Marvin suite to which MarvinSketch belongs) ...
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How can I fix E: unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages

I have ran into many issues istalling steam on my Ubuntu Chromebook, so I was trying to install the package libc.so.6. I was running the command sudo apt-get install libc6*, but still I have no luck.
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Tring to Launch Ubuntu, Fatal Server Error: No Screens Found [closed]

I installed ubuntu and have been using it for about an hour then I closed it. When I came back and tried to open it it wouldn't launch. I am running on an acer C720.
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Problems after update Ubuntu 14.04

Today i did sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade and got a 0 kb update. After i installed it i started getting some problems. I have automatic login enabled. After i boot up, the ...
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Unity Through VNC from scratch

I'm a complete newB to Linux (my last interaction with unix was pre CDE) I'm now setting up an Ubuntu server to replace a box by an expensive insecure competitor (ms) and need some form of remote ...
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Unity launcher placement doesn't change

I am using double monitors in Ubuntu 14-04 with Unity and I want to change the launcher to my left screen. I know I can find this option in Settings -> Display but when I try to change it, it only ...
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Unity webplayer wont work

I tried using pipelight but I can't get unity to work for me. I open the terminal and type: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --install-recommends ...
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Clear Unity search when the search window is closed

Is it possible to make the search bar clear after I click a program, or close out of the Unity search? Currently if I type something into the search, click the result that I want, then go to make ...
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From OSX to Ubuntu: I need help on common shortcuts

I installed ubuntu on my macbookpro... I'm already comfortable with the bash and apt-get tasks, and the OS seems pretty easy to understand and use, however since I'm used to use a lot of shortcuts in ...
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Can't boot without recovery after I installed a package to change the login screen

I installed a package to change my login screen on Ubuntu 14.10 Now after installation I have noted down some major issues: Booting became a problem.I have to use recovery mode to start the OS. ...
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Unity Launcher and Menu Bar disappeared in 14.04 LTS [duplicate]

i am able to see my desktop background only.my terminal is working.i m using dell vostro 3445 with AMD E1.