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Desktop doesn't appear after login

I updated my packages recently (I suppose to a newer kernel; I don't really know). Once I restarted, my desktop wouldn't display after I typed in my password. I did what others said and installed ...
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Eclipse fail to start in a clean workspace

I'm having a problem starting any version of eclipse in any kind of workspace (brand new or with data already). The problem started when I upgraded my OS from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04, and tried to ...
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How do I get appearances back to the normal after installing Gnome?

I installed Gnome as an alternative desktop environment on 14.04. However, since rebooting: the loader graphic when starting and shutting down my machien shows the Gnome foot rather than the Ubuntu ...
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Set scaling back to default [duplicate]

I accidentally set the scaling settings at 4, and couldn't reset them. Is there any way to reset these settings back to default? I'm running a Microsoft Surface Pro (10.6", 1920x1080), and I cannot ...
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How to get rid of the language symbol?

Migrated from 12.10 to 13.10 a couple of days ago. I speak English, British English. I have a British layout keyboard. Now I have a square symbol in the top bar (or whatever it's proper name is) with ...
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Can't log into ubuntu 13.10, tried unity, cinnamon and gnome session [duplicate]

I try to log in on the normal log in screen and the screen goes black for a second and then kicks me back to the log in screen. I can log in with a guest session just fine, however. I've tried this ...
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How to fill an invisible/empty icon in unity launcher that appeared while trying to dock a launcher?

A couple of days ago I was attempting to add an application to the unity launcher from the unity dash and instead of adding the app it created an "empty icon"(blank space) in the launcher there is no ...
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Kind-of messed up /usr/share/icons [duplicate]

i have a little problem with my icons on 12.04 :D I was installing an application from a tar-archieve but the icons for that special application were missing. So I looked up the tar again and found a ...
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Can't make Unity Launcher appear

I have Ubuntu 12.10 and I want to make unity launcher to auto-hide but when it hides it doesn't appear again unless I press the start button. Should I reinstall unity through terminal? I don't have ...
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Commands for quicklists

I am using Unity. The Quicklists feature is really useful. I added some entries in the nautilus quicklist from Ubuntu Tweak. Those commands were easy to figure out. But now i do not know how to find ...
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Second click on a launcher icon with more than one window open doesn't do a scale of that application [closed]

If I click an icon in the launcher with multiple windows open it doesn't show me all open windows for that application (like ctrl+w does for all open windows). I seem to remember it working as ...
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Can not get passed the login screen

I have the same issue as others (see Login returns to login screen [closed]). When I arrived at the login screen, I enter my password, the screen goes black for one second, displaying some text, and ...
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How to disable Unity style notification when using Gnome Shell [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gnome 3 notifications are replaced with notify-osd when the machine goes to sleep I just install gnome shell for my Ubuntu 12.04, when I try to use Empathy, the ...
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ATI move the unity bar to another screen using binary driver

I must say, I'm really pleased with the 12.04 performance. The only real issue I had is that I needed a custom screen orientation and the binary driver had no way to move the unity launcher, as far ...
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Help with compiz window borders

I tried to make a small change in my Compiz settings, and set off a whole chain of chaos. I don't like the application switcher that I had, that switched between whole applications on Alt-tab rather ...
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How to add folders in launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to drag a folder to the launcher from Nautilus In others Ubuntus you could just press right mouse and add launcher. In Ubuntu 11.10, I can't do that. So, how can I ...
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Just upgraded to 11.10 - How do I disable Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to revert to GNOME Classic? Forgot about unity. Apparently not as easy to disable as last time.
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Launcher doesn't respect TMPDIR

In my .bashrc, I define TMPDIR=${HOME}/tmp so temporary files are under my encrypted $HOME. emacs, invoked from the launcher, doesn't see this definition, but emacsclient, invoked from a shell does. ...
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How can I manually edit the unity top panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of double battery monitor status? After the recent update of 11.10, I am left with two battery indicators, for some reason--the new one, with the ...
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Unity / Compiz problem after update from Xorg ppa

After update from Xorg ppa (ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa) I have many problems with Unity Shell / Compiz. Preview of moving icons is broken and GTK theme of unselected windows breaks. Video: ...
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How can I use tab completion in the 'Run a command' box? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting completion feature with Alt+F2 in Unity? I finally upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04 and so far, I am liking the experience. The only thing I have a problem with, is: ...
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Recommended installation for Asus EEE 1015PEM Netbook

I just got my Asus EEE PC 1015PEM netbook with Windows 7 starter... obviously, I'd like to install Ubuntu (not sure yet if I'd like to dual boot or completely remove win7). Anyway, I never had a ...
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What is the “show desktop” keyboard shortcut?

I just upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04. Previously the shortcut to show the desktop was Super key + D (same as in Windows), But now it is not working. What is the new shortcut?
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How to create Unity indicators?

I'm interested in Unity indicators, and wonder if there is any tutorial about how to program them. I can use the sources of the existing ones as last resort, but I'd prefer a more friendly approach ...
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How do I boot into the console and then launch the Ubuntu desktop from it?

At the Ubuntu login page I have to hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to be able to login as an user using the command line. But how do I get to the command line first and then start the Ubuntu desktop from it?
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How can I disable recent documents in Unity?

How do I disable the tracking and display of recently opened files (and whatever else is remembered) in a default installation of Ubuntu? (This question originally concerned 11.10, but now that I'm on ...
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Is there any way to stop a window's title bar merging with the panel when maximised?

I'm working on a desktop machine with plenty of screen real-estate, so I don't need my windows' title bars to merge with the global menu bar when the windows are maximised. Moreover, I'm working on a ...
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Why is canonical choosing QT over GTK for Unity's next generation?

So much has been written that I'm kinf of confused, but if I'm not mistaken Canonical is building the next generation of Unity for mobile devices with Qt, and in the near future the desktop will also ...
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How to use Unity's global menu in GNOME Shell, if possible?

I was woundering is the is a way/possibility to use Unity's global menu with GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 11.10? It would be really nice to have it. Does anyone have an idea on how to make this real?
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How do I set the default file association in Ubuntu 13.10 Nautilus/Files with Unity to something that is not listed in the Open With tab?

There used to be an option for adding unlisted commands, but it seems to be gone. Does anyone know how to do that now?
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Change default guest session launcher applications?

Is it possible to change the default applications that appear on the Launcher for guest sessions? For example: Remove : Amazon webapp, Ubuntu One, System Options Add : Stellarium (Ubuntu 12.04 ...
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How to disable all scopes, filters and dash plugins?

The Dash is overloading me with stuff I don't need, down to the weather and food recipes (?!) when I'm just looking for a file or app. Also I can't figure out how to set it to include music files ...
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Software Updater window not displaying, though open in 13.04

I have a very interesting problem that has just recently developed. I am routinely getting software updates and I can see the software updater window is available to be displayed on the task bar in ...
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How do I disable the alt-right click keyboard binding?

Using Oneiric 11.10 and Unity. I want to disable the context menu that appears with Alt+RightClick. Alt+RightClick is a much used shortcut in Blender. It's possible to remap keys in Blender, but I was ...
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Guake terminal showing up wrong in Unity

It seems Guake terminal is not aware of the Unity sidebar being hidden. Even when the sidebar is hidden, it still shows with a left offset that is based on the width of the sidebar. Additionally, the ...
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Are there any tweaks for fixing the appearance of Eclipse Juno on ubuntu?

As we have previously established ;-) running Eclipse on ubuntu is a bit disappointing on the UI side. Things are even worse now that Juno is out. Are there any tweaks specific to Gtk3 and Juno that ...
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How do I make the window border bigger?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 in a VirtualBox VM on a MacBook Pro with the default Unity UI. Positioning the mouse cursor over the 1-pixel wide border to resize a window is driving me absolutely nuts. Lots ...
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Does Unity require proprietary graphics card drivers?

I understood that the Unity desktop in Natty uses Compiz and therefore requires a graphics card driver that support composition effects. Does this mean if I have an ATI or NVIDIA card I'm forced to ...
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What Easter eggs are there in Unity?

Are there any Easter Eggs in Unity? The Easter Eggs from here involving Alt + F2 (as provided by gnome-panel) don't work.
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How do I restart Unity 2D

As per How do I restart Unity? But I guess unity --replace would start the 3D variant.
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How does one recreate a custom application launcher that takes command line syntax and even perhaps parameters?

I had some custom scripts that I had custom launchers for on my desktop on 10.04. I would like to recreate that again after migration to 12.04, but unity seems quite foreign to me.
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How can I switch between gnome-shell and unity without logging off?

How can I switch between unity and gnome-shell without logging of my account. This will help me to switch between both anytime.
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System tray icons disappeared after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I have many applications with tray icons like davmail, hardware monitor. I miss this feature on Ubuntu 14.04. Does anyone have a solution? There are some tools like Skype indicator, but I need a ...
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Aptana, Titanium menu bar problem with ubuntu 13.10 [duplicate]

After upgrading into Ubuntu 13.10 i have problems with Aptana and Titanium IDE. Menu bar doesn't work normally. Only one menu works, in Aptana "Window" menu, in Titanium "Run" menu. Other menus looks ...
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Xmonad with Unity / HUD

I want to use xmonad and still use the HUD from Unity. Is this possible? Could Xmonad be using while using Unity? is there a way to use the HUD inside of Xmonad? I'm in 12.04, soon to be 12.10.
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How can I apply exceptions to window decoration on compiz?

Back in the previous releases, I used the compiz plugins "window decoration" and "window rules" to have a transparent, sticky, unmovable gnome-terminal acting as a wallpaper. The trick was to create a ...
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Is It possible to make workspaces in Unity act like they do in GNOME Shell?

I was using GNOME Shell but switched back to Unity due to the amount of screen space I lost using shell. One thing I miss from Shell is the workspace switcher it uses compared to Unity's and IMO, it ...
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ATI: No launcher or top bar in 12.10

After upgrading to 12.10, I see no side bar or top bar. If I do unity restart, then Compiz crashes (I get a window telling me that and I can send an error report). I have ATI mobility Radeon 2400 and ...
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Shutdown, logout, restart not working in 13.10

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 and have installed compiz settings manager and cairo dock. The top right corner which gives you option for about this computer system settings shutdown restart logout and ...
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When Cinnamon is installed, Unity desktop “smears” (doesn't refresh) and shows no wallpaper

Since a couple of days now, my unity desktop background smears everything, just like what old Windows versions were famous for: Of course, I tried rebooting a couple of times. Also, I switched ...