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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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Cursor won't change in Ubuntu 14.04

I know there was an old bug back during Ubuntu 9.x where the cursor wouldn't change because of compiz. I am now running Ubuntu 14.04 and the bug has now decided to rear its ugly head again. I am using ...
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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 ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Launcher icons corrupted

I have my launcher icons corrupted. Some of them are shown as 'invisible' or dark. I have already tried unity --reset-icons unity --reset but both commands end up with some kind of no such file or ...
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Trouble with Ubuntu 14.04

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. When I turn on my computer, it lets me put in my password and then shows me only my background. No launcher, icons, or dashboard. I can open up the finder by right-clicking, ...
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desktop not visible in ubuntu14.04

I installed ubuntu 14.04 in vmware. After logging in I'm only getting the wallpaper, no desktop icons are showing up. I tried sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get install unity startx ...
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How can I remove Gnome Shell

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 from scratch and soon after decided to try out the Gnome 3 Shell, which I installed from the official repos. However, it seems to conflict with Unity. Indeed, after ...
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Dark menu item on dark menu background

I recently decided to go back to Ubuntu's default "Ambiance" theme in Unity, but doing so resulted in dark text on dark menus (like the one in the attachment), which I find hard to read! This only ...
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Run xfce4 desktop from terminal

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. After update I've got Unity frozen. Upper panel was all-gray, buttons on side panel didn't respond. Tried to repair, but no luck. Re enable Unity plugin and some other in ...
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Unity: Have a window that is always on specific workspaces?

I have two monitors and 4 workspaces configured in unity (2 monitor on each workspace). I do development using IntelliJ IDE on server side and hybrid mobile app frontend so I often have two instances ...
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Unity desktop hangs while running browser along terminal

Whenever I run my Firefox Browser a long the terminal, my Ubuntu Unity desktop hangs for a lot of time. It's pretty annoying. Is there a fix to it or should I try some other desktop environment like ...
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Can't exit the “Workspace Switcher” when a window is dragged

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS with the recent "Unity" design on GNOME. I used to make heavy use of the "workspace switcher" but recently often times when I try to drag a window from one workspace ...
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Nautilus Actions Configuration Tool for Unity

I recently saw about the Nautilus Action Configuration Tool for a Gnome desktop. It will be real fun in creating new actions to the file manager context menus with it. I do wanna have one such thing ...
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Batttery icon is missing in Uninty Ubuntu 14.04

Could somebody help me with this issue. The battery icon dissapears from the panel. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with unity. How can I rapair it? Thanks!!!
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How to remove a URL shortcut from the unity panel

I have Ubuntu 12.04. I was watching a video on chromium and I went up to the global menu and there was an option of create app shortcuts. I tried it and now I want to remove it. I added it to the ...
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Unity to Xmonad switching disables sound

I mostly use XMonad. But whenever I log out of XMonad and login to Unity and login back to XMonad the master volume is muted. I end up running amixer set Master unmute. Its just an annoyance and I ...
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Swiping left on the touchpad opens the photo search. How do I disable this?

It's almost random, but most of the time, if I swipe from right to left on the touchpad of my keyboard, it opens the photo search. I have not been able to locate any setting/tweak that explains this ...
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Show desktop icon moves to the bottom after app instalation

I have added "show desktop" to the launcher and placed it at the top. If I install a new app using USC its icon appears at the top of the launcher and "show desktop" goes to the very bottom. Is there ...
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Mouse snapping back to upper right hand corner

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a Lenovo Erazer x510 desktop. The mouse wants to be in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You can move it but it just snaps back into the corner. I tried ...
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Installing Unity 14.04 on qemu arm

How do I install Ubuntu desktop 14.04 with Unity in qemu-system-arm virtual environment? Which debs do I have to install and in what sequence? v Or is there an executable which would make all the work ...
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Systray icons missing ubuntu 14.04

We use Druva inSync for backups at the office. However after upgrading to ubuntu 14.04 , we have been struggling to get the tray icons working. We have followed all steps we used in previous ...
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Video lag with Unity as the Default Desktop?

I never had this issue in Mint (XFCE, Cinnamon) or Xubuntu, but now after installing Unity, fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04.1, when ever I move the cursor while a video (Youtube, Twitch TV) is playing, ...
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Conky widgets are not working

I installed conky-manager from ppa and many widgets aren't working. Actually only all in one circle widget (my-wehather indicator) is working... In Unity, just select one more widget besides "all in ...
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Plugin Layer Alternatives to Compiz's Plugin Layer

Compiz's Widget Layer is buggy with Unity Global Menus, and limited to one layer. Alternatives are needed. An alternative can be either: An actual Widget Layer application. A unique solution that ...
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How do I install graphics drivers for NVIDIA GT 555M series on a Lenovo Ideapad (Y570)?

I have a Lenovo Ideapad Y570 and it has a 1 GB NVidia GT 555M graphics card (ubuntu 14.04). All I want to do is to run cudaHashcat (64 bit one) on it. When I ran it initially I got a message like ...
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Web page loading issue

I am using Ubuntu 14.04. From the beginning I am trying to access some web pages in chrome/firefox but it is not loading. some of them are : www.w3schools.com, www.omappedia.org, tutorialsforlinux.com ...
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Oracle installation in Ubuntu

How to install Oracle 12c Weblogic server in Ubuntu 14.04 from terminal. I tried to install by typing sudo apt-get install oracle but it shows me : The program 'oracle' is currently not installed. You ...
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Moving icon to the bottom of the launcher

How can I move the "Show Desktop" icon to the bottom of the launcher, right above/under the Trash icon? If that is not possible, then can I just replace "Trash" with "Show Desktop"? Like changing the ...
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How do I switch between Xfce and unity?

How do I switch between Xfce and unity, after I installed Unity form the Software Center? I've looked online and experimented and failed to find a the answer for this. How do I switch from Xfce to ...
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Cant install unity-control-center after update to 14.04

I was running 12.04 then upgraded to 14.04 and tried to reinstall unity-control-center but i get: unity-control-center: Depends: libpulse-mainloop-glib0 (>= 1:0.99.1) but 1:4.0-0ubuntu11 is to be ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and DisplayLink DL3900 chipset

Do I have a chance to get the displayLink adapter (chipset 14.04) working under ubuntu 14.04? I found only articles for ubuntu 13.04. Is it the same under 14.04?
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How to restore Firefox download progress bar in Unity launcher?

Firefox used to be better integrated with Unity: when downloading it would show the number of files and a progress bar. This was achieved through the Unityfox add-on, but it no longer works and the ...
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Two Black Screens on Triple Monitor Setup with fglrx and fglrx-updates

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Gnome 3 (but this also happens with Unity). However, once I login, only the center monitor (primary) will work. The other two monitors are black, but they do show ...
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Busy mouse on dock after opening text files

When opening text files (via double-click) from Nautilus, I noticed some strange behavior. While the text editor is opening the file, the Nautilus window shows the "busy" cursor — and so does ...
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'Add To Rhythmbox Play Queue' Nautilus Plugin

I have been using windows for a long time. And now I have moved on to ubuntu. I am using ubuntu 14.04 LTS. And, unity is my DE. I like to have an option similar to 'Enqueue in Winamp' whenever I right ...
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Unity without compiz (with XfWM4 instead)

Can I run Unity with a different window manager than compiz? I'd prefer XfWM4. Background story: I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I like Unity - I especially like the part where besides the top bar I get ...
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Custom Ubuntu Theme: Make title bar black when fullscreen

half a year ago, I made a custom version of the Ambience Theme to fit it to the colors I like. Now I try to make the title bar/panel (The Bar where the icons and the clock is in) of the system Black ...
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How to change color in gtk theme?

After upgrading from saucy to Trusty my favourite app ghex has become ugly (and some other apps too) The border color has become absolutely black (#000000). I want to set another color, but where? I ...
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Enable horizontal scroll 14.04

My laptop is Acer V3-571g with default settings, except for enabling brightness controls, as instructed here. Horizontal scrolling is not working. Instead, while holding ALT key, it switches trough ...
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Nautilus: Reaching the context menu of the current folder with no empty space

The context menu button (gear icon) was removed from Nautilus in Ubuntu 14.04. It was the only way I knew to access the current folder's context menu (particularly the items added by RabbitVCS) when ...