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Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04: Blank desktop

I just upgrade my Ubuntu to version 14.04, but the desktop after logging in is blank (no sidebar, no menu bar). I can open tty with Ctrl+Shift+F1 (F2) and log in, so I did try some solutions posted in ...
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Virtualbox Ubuntu 14.04 - 3d acceleration not working

I have recently upgraded my virtualbox ubuntu version from 12.x to 14.04. After the installation I installed the virtualbox guest additions and turned on 3d Acceleration within virtualbox settings ...
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Have xfdesktop instead of nautilus on unity session

XFDesktop has cool features, like rotating wallpapers and such. Is there a way to have it handling the desptop background instead of nautilus in a normal unity session? I've tried closing nautilus ...
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Unity not coming up / nouveau failed to idle channel 2

First up I am extremely fresh with linux so go easy lol.. after installing Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit on my Acer aspire the first problem I encounter is a flashing courser it doesnt seem to like being ...
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How do I ensure font settings in Unity Tweak Tool are used?

The menu bar in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr is in an (unknown) bold serif even though the font has been set to Deja Vu Sans. The search/location bar in Firefox is in the correct font, and the window ...
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Desktop environment no showing

First, I am not a pro in Linux in any means so I may not understand what you guys suggest. So today I was using Ubuntu as usual and all of a sudden the log out dialog appeared then after some lagging ...
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Maximized window has free space on bottom

Im trying to run streams of Warcraft 3 on ubuntu 14.04. Everething is good. But it have to be windowed mode for working stream correctly. Im running it with command env ...
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Fresh install display broken

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.4 in an vwmware VM and nothing seems to work. One big problem is the display. My old VMs running 10.4 resize automatically when I resize the window in the host, this one ...
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Customizing unity tricks overlay and make it compatible with Gnome

As you now when I hold the SUPER key in unity, shortcuts will appear like below: but this features doesn't work on gnome enviroments. Now there are some questions: How can I run it in gnome and ...
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FreeNX and NX broken in 14.04 - black screen on login

I updated from 12.02 to 14.04 LTS. I had been using FreeNX to login from my Windows desktop machine, but now it appears Ubuntu isn't playing nicely with FreeNX anymore. This appears to be the case ...
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Where can I find more Unity themes?

This might already be answered, but I can't find it. I am getting a bit bored of the traditional purple feel of unity and I would like something new. Where can I find more Unity themes? I have ...
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I have no longer access to Unity DE after installing XFCE DE on Ubuntu 14.04. Is it fine?

I followed this link. Now Whenever I log in to my computer, it shows the XUbuntu login screen. When I go for choosing the other DE in the login page, I can only find two DEs "Xfce" & "XUbuntu ...
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Graphical interface not starting after suspend

While ubuntu was still working the update manager was telling me that not all packages could be installed and asked if I wished to do a partial update. I said no, but opened the synaptic package ...
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my ubuntu Desktop Don't work well

I tried to install gtk+ on ubuntu for learn gtk programing . before that Ubuntu Desktop was working well.when I installed it my ubuntu didn't work well.my themse,Icons,bg,keyboard languages and ... ...
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Using both KDE and Unity desktops on separate screens in Ubuntu 14.04

I have downloaded the latest KDE and installed it successfully on my Ubuntu 14.04 - based PC. I can select which GUI to start on login, and all seems to work very well. Now what I would like to do is ...
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Cannot reset dconf default settings on Unity 14.04

I've installed gnome shell with sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment on top of a default install of Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity 7.2.2. Not satisfied with the experience, I completely removed ...
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Adding new right click options without using nautilus-actions configuration tool

How to create an extra option in the right click context menu without using Nautuilus-Actions ? I wish to create an option to hide/unhide desktop icons by that option. I have made two shell scripts ...
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Unity doesn't work on VNC server under 14.04 LTS

After upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I find the Unity destkop in vnc4server never works as it did under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Here is my ~/.vnc/xstartup for vnc4server: #!/bin/sh xrdb $HOME/.Xresources ...
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shortcuts for external display/settings?(14.04/unity DE)

OH! there may be more being asked here than this page is for,so PLEASE,feelfree to slip this query into the right page if that is at all possible. it is ultra-urgent,as we are now disabled by what has ...
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Installing logger pro on 12.04 LTS over Crouton

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32 Bit on my Acer C720 chromebook over Crouton unity. I'm trying to install Vernier's Logger Pro but failing horribly. The application simply doesn't start when I double ...
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Problems with shortcuts in the Unity Tweak Tool

I'm having problems with my Ubuntu 14.04 (Unity). I configured shortcuts corners several times, however, they do not work. Especially, the shortcut "show desktop" belonging to Docky. I'm using the ...
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Bricked - tty mode incorrect, terminal disabled, unity broken

After installing VirtualBox unity seems to be uninstalled.. Launcher and task bar are missing. I can't access terminal from the normal ctrl alt T command. I tried logging into TTY mode but it says my ...
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How do I disable changing proxy settings?

I've got several machines, running 14.04.1, for kids to access. Each machine has accounts for each kid, as well accounts for several adults. Although I've set a system wide proxy use policy, it ...
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Theme lightdm-gtk-greeter

There are a couple of question that deals with changing the icon theme / desktop theme of the lightdm-greeter. I wonder if it is possible to change other parameters of the greeter in order to be ...
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Why doesn't 'launcher.set_property(“urgent”, True)' work?

My script: #!/usr/bin/python # update bar on dash icon by stdin # ex: for i in {0..100};do echo "$i";sleep 0.3;done | ./$0 import sys, time from gi.repository import Unity, Gio, GObject, Dbusmenu ...
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QT applications indicator and appmenu don't work / ubuntu 14.04

I'm not sure when this happened,but form yesterday,I found my VLC player's indicator and appmenu dont work. there is no indicator icons and appmenu doenst appears on the top bar. Not only VLC but ...
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Ubuntu 14.04: After login, top- and sidepanel don't load and system settings don't open

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on a Medion Erazer with the Nvidia GTX570M card. At first, while I had not installed the last nvidia driver, each time I would try to suspend my pc it would freeze frame on the ...
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Slow login after installing Ubuntu 14.04

I freshly installed Ubuntu 14.04. I already used Ubuntu before, and it the did not take any noticeable time to login. However, in Ubuntu 14.04, Unity seems to start slowly. First, I only see the ...
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How can I remove a Unity window entry?

I installed Eclipse long time ago from the Software Center, but recently I needed a newer version than the repo one. Then I removed it via Software Center and installed Eclipse Kepler in /opt. ...
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How to implement middle click to spawn new VLC?

Using the firefox.desktop found in /usr/share/applications as an example I was able to make VLC have a new window option with ...other code Actions=NewWindow; [Desktop Action NewWindow] Name=New ...
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how to get mac theme working?

i am working on macbuntu 14.04 (mavericks theme ) so far i have succeeded in theme and adding every functionality but the problem it that i want a mac like top panel in Ubuntu so that the whole ...
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unity reset Error for ubuntu 14.04

** (compiz:4310): WARNING **: Couldn't connect to accessibility bus: Failed to connect to socket /tmp/dbus-6ZyiTNWdtq: Connection refused WARN 2014-08-20 12:23:49 unity.glib.dbus.server ...
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Why doesn't my launcher-locked device (hard disk partition) has a shortcut?

Why doesn't my launcher-locked device (hard disk partition) has a shortcut? It's on the very top, but I cannot open it with shortcuts, like Super Key+1. If I could, it'll ease things for me, for I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 compiz thumbnails preview flicker

Ubuntu 14.04.1 x64 (upgraded from 12.04) with Unity desktop Dell Latitude with NVIDIA GF119M (NVS 4200M) - Optimus is DISABLED Using NVIDIA legacy binary driver 304.117 When I set the CCSM option to ...
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ALT+~ shows all instances of an app opened in different virtual desktop / workspace

With latest unity 5.20.0 on 12.04, following behavior is seen. two app instances are open in Desktop-1, another two instance in Desktop-2. If I used one terminal of Desktop-1 and switched desktop to ...
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how to get rid of full screen in ubuntu games

How do I get rid of full screen mode in games? I tried system settings then windows but that still doesn't work. Does any one know how to get rid of full screen on Ubuntu games?
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In 14.04 how do I separate the titlebar from the top bar?

Please excuse me if this is a duplicate. If it is I was not able to find one. I want to know how I can separate the top bar from the titlebar and have it so when a window is maximised the buttons do ...
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Alt+F4 stops working after compiz restart. How to fix?

Observation: if I hit Alt+F2 and enter compiz --replace, then the shorcut key Alt+F4 for closing windows stops working. I am using the latest version of gnome-ubuntu (14.04). Question: Is there a way ...
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Problem with Unity Launcher in ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I"ve been using ubuntu for the last 3 months. I've used various versions of Windows, Mac OS and Linux over the years. I know enough to be dangerous in Linux but I'm by no means an expert. My ...
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No sound in mac os x 10.9 guest in virtual machine

everyone. I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I've installed mac osx 10.9 in vmware workstation 10.0.1. Everything is working fine there but I'm not able to hear any sound in any video. Can anyone resolve my ...
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Skype and 14.04, get to the main window directly

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and I'm currently going through all the things the upgrade messed up (themes, icons, menus, ...). One of the last things I'd like to fix is the Skype icon ...
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External hard disc problems - not showing in ubuntu

I have a HDD fitted in an enclosure which provides power to it . The HDD is plugged into a USB socket. If I press ESC during boot the HDD shows in the list (the HDD is blank and has not been ...
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Why switching panel underlay application?

I'm new to Ubuntu; I just start playing round with it a week ago. Sometimes when I press ALT+Tab to switching between applications, the panel shows underlay applications I'm working on. Even when I ...
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Application WIndows getting stuck between workspaces in Unity

My problem is when I open , minimize and reopen multiple applications , (with workspaces turned on) sometimes the windows get stuck between the workspaces , is this a bug or supposed to happen , of ...
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How to remove an icon from the menu bar without uninstalls?

I know, one can uninstall or blacklist a particular app or service so that it doesn't show up on the top menu bar, but is there a way you can voluntarily, and safely (without any Terminal bashing or ...
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Frames twiching between two states on occasion

Sometimes the Unity window frame twitches between two states, the new and a previous one. I am quite sure it doesn't affect the whole screen only the active window. It stops when I switch my workspace ...
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Removing unity and install mate 1.8

I want to install mate as the only DE on my machine and I want to remove TOTALLY unity and lightdm without causing conflicts. How to do that? I have an Acer aspire E-522 with a dual boot with W7 and ...
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gtk-launch desktop file with arguments

I have a .desktop file with following Exec-line Exec = python script.py %u however, when I do gtk-launch test.desktop /home/user the argument /home/user is not passed to script.py Why? Or is there ...
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Unity Webapp broken in 14.04

I run a steampunk writing/social network site Citizens Of Antiford and the unity integration works in 13.10, but not in 14.04 Steps: Go to site See integration popup Click 'Yes' In 13.10: The ...
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Why does zukimac theme look bad?

img: http://pointybracket.net/images/zukitabs.png Why do the outlines around tabs in this Zukimac theme look so bad? I used this theme in Ubuntu 13.10 and it was fine, but since I've updated to ...