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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 ...
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Is there any easy way in Unity to add shortcuts to the desktop?

In Gnome you can right click a menu item and add to desktop. Can't seem to find a just-as-simple alternative in Unity? Anyone know?
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How do I remove icons for other drives on the unity bar?

My HDD is split into multiple partitions. They each have an icon on the Unity bar. Is there a way to remove them from the bar?
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How to add “open with custom command” option in right click menu of Nautilus

Sometimes while going to open a file from Nautilus I do not find the intended application in "open with" menu on right click. Or the desired application remains hidden in a long list of applications. ...
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How to enable Unity 3D support in Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit virtual box with host Windows 7 64 bit?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 in VirtualBox with host Windows 7 64 bit both but video is a kind of choppy in both vlc & movie player and Ubuntu is running slow,few seconds lagging in every click I do ...
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user config to limit application access

I want to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a work/office environment. The requirements are: As a Desktop/workstation. I need 1 admin user of type Administrator, with accessed to all apps, and the normal ability ...
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Tweak that allows OSX-like stacks in Unity launcher

I know there is a way of doing it in Cairo dock (see this Q&A), but I love the Unity Launcher and would like to keep using that. I've spent so much time working with stacks before that starting to ...
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How do I customize the launcher animations?

When I get Skype messages I tend not to notice the launcher animation. The highlighted icon is then not enough to catch my attention once the animation is done. Although I agree with the default ...
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Is a brightness control widget available?

Is it possible to place a slider or some other GUI component on the desktop / Notification Panel on Ubuntu 12.04 to control the screen brightness? It's a little annoying to constantly have to go to ...
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How to configure programs to automatically reopen after a GUI reboot?

I am looking for a way that when I press CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE (which reboots the GUI and sends me to the login screen) and I enter my desktop again all my programs can autostart. For example Firefox ...
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kget, Skype, and Vuze are not showing up in my panel

I have been having trouble with Unity. kGet, Skype and Vuze all give me the same problem. I can launch them once and after that if I close the Window I won't be able to get the application back. ...
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Can I change the icon size in dash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change icons size inside unity (e.g. on all programs panel) Has anyone found a way to resize the icons in the dash in Natty or Oneiric?
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Random “freezes” (only mouse cursor moves) [closed]

Okay. So I did a clean install of Natty yesterday. The problem is that it freezes randomly. I can still move my mouse, but not do anything. I can also go into the terminal, but doing a gdm restart ...
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How do I get DVD to play in VLC from unity dash launcher?

Once I put the DVD into DVD drive, it appears in the Unity dash/place. Clicking the icon opens nautilus. How do I make clicking the icon to open VLC player and start playing it ?.
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14.04 Desktop Unresponsive When Applications Minimized

Ive read quite a few very similar issues on here as what follows, though none match the exact symptoms Im experiencing. After a recent update, Ive noticed that when I minimize all my application ...
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Use a terminal as desktop background instead of the wallpaper

I have come to a conclusion that all my needs from nautilus are satisfied with the terminal and last file manager. It also dismisses the need for multiple nautilus instances, which makes mess when I ...
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Reinstall Unity on 13.04 from Cinnamon

I am trying out Cinnamon 1.8 as my only desktop environment instead of unity. I am liking so far with customizing my desktop and adding extras. How do you get unity back with the terminal? I used this ...
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GMail not visible in Unity panel

I am trying to get GMail integration working with my brand new 12.10 installation. So far I have installed unity-mail and unity-webapps-gmail packages. I have also added two of my gmail account in ...
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How to add entries in quicklists

The Quicklists is an amazing feature of unity. But sometimes some options which I might want are not available in the quicklist. For the simplest example: In the Nautilus quicklist,suppose I need a ...
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Application lens installend but missing in dash

I have a very strange problem: the "Applications" lens does not appear in unity dash. The unity-lens-application and unity-places-applications packages are installed, i tried also unity --reset but ...
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Where can I find Icon sets for Unity?

I really dislike the default monochrome icons in Unity's global menu and in Thunderbird, but I haven't been able to find a source for alternative icons. Any tips?
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Icons missing from launcher, system settings, folders

Various icons from launcher are missing. The first one is from Home folder menu the second from Terminal the last one from Desktop Switcher. This happened after I upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04. I have ...
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Wrong window focus behaviour in Unity, but not GNOME Shell

I just upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, and I'm noticing a strange window behaviour that I can't seem to fix. Basically it seems like all windows have focus, as shown in this screenshot: It happens ...
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How to preview windows of a specific application in Unity?

I would like in Unity, to see a preview of the open windows of a specific application. Just like Linux DockbarX (or windows 7). Motivation example: When I have several windows open of the same ...
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In Unity, how to tell which window is the one I want when switching?

Say I have 5 different worksheets open in Calc, and I'm trying to switch between them. As far as I can tell, I have two options: use Alt-Tab to switch - by looking at zoomed out versions of the ...
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Can the Close / Minimize / Maximize buttons be pulled out of the Global App Menu when a window is maximized?

I've disabled the Unity Global AppMenu as it personally drives me batty - I've also moved my minimize / maximize buttons back to the right hand side of the windows where I like them. However, when I ...
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Can I set the scrolling speed when I mouse over the launcher?

Is there a setting to increase the scroll speed of the Unity Panel when using the Mouse. When in keyboard mode the launcher will scroll quickly, however with the mouse over event action scrolling ...
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Automate unity launcher icon ordering

I have written an install script which automates my install process. Afterwards I would like it to rearrange/add/remove the icons to the unity launcher. Using dconf watch / I can see output as I ...
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How do I get the value of Display -> “Scale for menu and title bars:” from the command line?

I did a clean clean install of 14.04 and confirmed that Display -> "Scale for menu and title bars:" is set to 1. However some users of the application I develop report that its set to 0.875 on clean ...
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How to create a Menu item for Eclipse in Ubuntu 13.10?

I upgraded Eclipse yesterday to version 4.3 and was faced with the missing menus bug. To get the menus back one has to start Eclipse in a different way, thus I tried to create a new item in the Main ...
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KDE theme appears in Unity, Cinnamon, and XFCE

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity, Cinnamon, XCFE, and KDE installed. Every time I run KDE, the KDE theme appears in all the applications when run on any of the other desktops. I'd really ...
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How to find the .desktop files for pinned applications in the Unity launcher?

I know the desktop files live in /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications. I'm looking for 2 information: Where can I see the desktop items that show in my launcher (I would love to ...
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Crippled Dash under Unity

I freshly installed Ubuntu 12.04 from a minimal install using command sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop --no-install-recommends I logged in only to find that the Dash is crippled. When Dash opens, ...
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What are the functional differences between Lubuntu and Ubuntu?

I understand that Lubuntu utilizes LXDE over Ubuntu's Unity(Gnome?); But being new to Linux I'm not sure if that change is going to be simply cosmetic, or if there will be functional differences I ...
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How can I enable Multitouch features on My Desktop Touch Screen

I have a "Medion" Touchscreen (bought from Aldi). The display works perfectly, as do single touch inputs. However, despite the screen being multitouch capable, I can't get multitouch gestures to work. ...
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Zimbra desktop as default email and calendar application [closed]

I am reading and looking after this for some time without an answer. I would like to define Zimbra Desktop as my default e-mail and calendar and contact application in ubuntu 11.10, how can i do it? ...
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How can I force new windows to open in background & without focus?

I have Opera set as my default browser but it is the same for Firefox. When opening a link in Liferea, the link opens in an external browser and the browser gets focus. I would like to open the links ...
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Drag & Drop Files and Items in Unity !

How can I drag and drop files (media files specifically) in my Unity. While playing videos or music, if I like to drop another file in the totem/vlc media player, how to do it ?
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Will it be possible to autohide indicators in some way in the future?

Currently I have way to many indicators/icons on my system tray. Is it possible that auto hide will be added in future Ubuntu versions?
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System settings stopped showing up

After I have placed my hard drive with Ubuntu 14.04.1 in a new pc system settings won't show up. I have tried: sudo apt-get install unity-control-center but I get this Reading package lists... ...
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Resume upgrade to 13.10

I had 13.04 and started to upgrade to 13.10. But the computer hanged and I rebooted it. I did instructions from How do I resume a release upgrade/update? Now OS launches, but I upgrade is ...
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Recent update killed unity 3d launcher

I am scratching my head on this one, a lot of things are still new to me. I updated 126 packages just now through the update manager, and upon reboot everything works fine except the unity launcher. ...
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Tragedy after login Unity from unity-greeter (lightdm) launched from processing unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Appearance does not change on switching the theme Prorouge :( Naughty Me haz launched unity-greeter (lightdm) on gnome-terminal with processing unity. I accidentally ...
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Change keybinding to show Unity Sidebar

I tend to use the Super key in my keybindings (e.g. move between workspaces, vim commands, etc.) and holding the super key shows the sidebar. It's really annoying especially if I'm on the maximised ...
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Unity doesn't start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I downloaded Ubuntu 11.04 onto a USB stick in order to run a live version from there. For some reason, Unity doesn't ...
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Ubuntu boots to “Read Only Filesystem” after Upgrading

I recently upgraded to 15.04, but when my computer restarted it wouldn't boot into gui and said it was a "read only file system" I came across this Ubuntu boots in read-only filesystem after upgrade! ...
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ASUS X453M Freeze on Splash Screen on Booting or Restart / Shutdown

just fresh install on new notebook ASUS X453M it's often to hang on boot or restart ubuntu, its only respond to force shutdown button i must forceshutdown and boot many times to can login to ...
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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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Ubuntu 13.10 not usable because of focus problems

I tried to set up Ubuntu 13.10, but there are massive focus problems which make it unusable. It don't seems to have something to do with Unity where I found something about focus problems in the web. ...
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What do I do about my busted GUI?

I have been trying to dial down Compiz's stranglehold on my memory, and not keeping very good notes. I think all I did was reduce the texture quality in OpenGL, per Roland Taylor's suggestion. But I ...