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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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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 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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Dash (from Unity) does not showing Applications

I have a weird issue with Unity, it just stopped showing applications in the unity dash search menu. I can't launch application unless I run them from the terminal. I have tried to force unity ...
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Numix removes borders and colors in unity launcher

I recently re-installed ubuntu 14.04, when i installed the numix gtk theme, the borders of all the icons in the unity launcher dissapeared along with the colors, i tried relogging, re-applying the ...
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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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How can I disable alt+click window dragging?

In Ubuntu 14.04, when you hold alt and click a window, you can drag it around. As I understand, you used to be able to disable it through gconf, but Unity doesn't read settings from here any more ...
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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 ...
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Expose (OSX Style) Functionality in Unity

Does anyone know if there is a application window expose (a la Mac OSX) for the Unity Desktop. I've used the Compiz Expose Plugin, but that performs an "expose" on workspaces. I'm looking for ...
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Java application launcher not staying in Unity launcher

I'm using IntelliJ IDEA, which is a Java application. When it runs (invoked through Dash) it shows a launcher icon with no name. I've tried several times to right-click and select "keep in ...
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Is it possible to temporarily disable notifications?

I certainly like notifications in 12.04, but depending on the work I do they can be quite distracting. Is there an official way or a tweak to temporarily deactivate notifications? UPDATE: To ...
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XChat disappearing after minimize to tray

When I click to close the XChat window, it asks whether to "Quit", "Cancel" or "Minimize to Tray". If I select "Minimize to tray" then the XChat disappears and I am not able to see the application ...
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After login, desktop hangs for ~20s before showing Unity. Bootchart suggests pactl. Help?

After I log in to my Ubuntu 14.04 desktop, I see my desktop background for approximately 20 seconds before the actual Unity desktop loads. I installed bootchart and that suggests that the problem is ...
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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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How to create a local webapp userscript

I'd like to write my own local webapps userscripts, but I don't want to compile and install the main webapps source code every time. I would like to keep the original Ubuntu Webapps package ...
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Wrong window gets focus when switching workspace

I enjoy using VLC to play video while I do other work. The VLC window is set to by 'Always on top' and 'Always on visible workspace'. In former versions of Ubuntu this has worked great. When I ...
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Middle mouse click emulation on trackpad, how can I set it?

I've just updated to Ubuntu 11.10 and I'm using Unity. Since the update I can no longer use 'Middle Clicks' with the Track-pad. Tab-browsing in Firefox has become a pain :( I used to swap the 'three ...
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Is it possible to add a quicklist to the Libreoffice Writer icon in the Launcher showing my most recently opened documents?

Is it possible to add a quicklist to the Libreoffice Writer icon in the Unity Launcher showing my most recently opened documents?
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How to add a custom launcher in Unity's applications place

I can drag any .desktop file to the launcher, which is great, but where to put a .desktop file for it to appear in Unity's dash and dash searches? Apparently not in /usr/share/applications.
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Graphics stuttering issue in Ubuntu 14.10 for Intel on-board graphics

I'm running Ubuntu 14.10, and for the past couple of days, I'm facing graphics stuttering all over Unity, which mainly affects text and various parts of Unity (refer to screenshot). And this ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Lock Screen Keyboard Error [closed]

After locking Ubuntu 14.04 x64 Desktop edition, the usb and built-in keyboards do not work on the login screen. When clicking on password area nothing happens. But if I hit Ctrl + Alt + F1 and goes ...
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Why is my perfomance too bad in Virtual Box?

My CPU is i7 dual core. I am running Ubuntu on VirtualBox. İt is extremely slow than other Linux versions such as Edubuntu 13.04 and its previous versions before 12.10. The 12.10 was also very slow.
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How to start unity after boot into command line with “text”-option?

I want my system to boot terminal only, but be able to launch Unity once logged in. I've edited /etc/default/grub from : GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" to ...
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How can I prevent Unity from grabbing keybindings (allowing an application to handle them first)?

Note: the answer I've accepted works correctly in Precise Pangolin (12.04). It does not work correctly in Oneiric Ocelot. Original text: I have an application in which I want to use alt-F1 to access ...
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Unity Tweak Tools missing schema in 14.04 [duplicate]

When I try to start up Unity Tweak Tool in 14.04, it throws up a window that says: "The following schema is missing: com.canonical.unity.webapps In order to work properly, Unity Tweak Tool ...
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How do I enable the libreoffice quickstarter in unity?

I would like to get my quickstarter to show in unity, or replace it with an indicator. Is this possible?. I tried Unity 2D, and to my shock, it works there, but refuses to work in unity proper.
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Clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 - Screen goes black after login, but mouse works

Disclaimer there are MANY questions on this topic and none of them apply to my situation. Note the following: The system previously ran Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop 32bit without issue. This is a clean ...
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How do I set an environment variable in a Unity session?

As a work-around to an issue with ibus, I'm trying to unset the variable $IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE. I have tried placing "unset IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE" in various places including: .profile .bashrc ...
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How to load unity-launcher in standalone session?

I want to auto-start unity-launcher in a stand alone session without loading the top panel with it, like in this picture: So how to do this?
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Will there be a difference between Unity “Desktop” and Unity “Netbook” interface?

What has me slightly confused from all the different reports about Unity becoming the default shell in the 11.04 desktop edition: Some claim and this is how most people seem to see it, that what ...
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Unity 2D on Ubuntu 13.04? Or is it too fast to matter

I've consistently always needed to stick to older computers at home. I've tried both 'Unity2D' and '3D' on my present computer (Toshiba Satellite, ATI Mobility 4200 series GPU, can post lshw if it's ...
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Are there Human Interface Design Guidelines for Unity Development?

I was surfing developer.ubuntu.com, searching for Unity-Human-Interface-Design-Guidelines or a Unity-HIG, but I didn't find anything. I've seen design.ubuntu.com, but that's not what I'm talking ...
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How do I get rid of all the Unity bars?

To make my question as simple as possible, I'll start with showing my desktop, so that I don't need to describe everything in words: Basically this is how I have been using Ubuntu 10.04 since it's ...
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Is there a shortcut to force close an application?

Back in 10.10, I was able to force close an application by clicking the force close icon on the panel on top. Now, with Unity, I am not able to add new icons on the panel. So is there like a keyboard ...
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How can I prevent programs from switching workspaces?

I want to prevent programs from switching workspaces. If I'm working in one workspace and a program in another workspace has a dialog box come up, it interrupts whatever I'm doing. Similarly, if I ...
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How do I change the command that a launcher item launches?

I'm not sure what commands are issued when trying to launch a program from the dash. How can I determine this and modify the commands of these short cuts? For example, I would like to change the ...
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Ubuntu 13.04. fail to start after installing nvidia drivers (Vostro laptop)

Everything worked fine in 13.04 Ubuntu but then i installed nvidia-drivers-103 Now it does not load into login screen at all. I see blank purple screen during start-up and then just blank black screen ...
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Is there a fast way to show your desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are Unity’s keyboard and mouse shortcuts? I need to see content on my desktop or a folder just pressing an icon or a couple of keys. How i do this on unity?
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Will CCSM work better with 12.04?

in my ubuntu 11.10, compiz completely knackered my setup and I was wondering wil this still be a problem with all the unity plugins in 12.04?
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How to highlight current screen (or window)?

I'm using two screen setup at work and while it usually helps more than it hurts, I have some issues with it. One of them is problem with trailing focus - sometimes I make mistake of typing on wrong ...
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Laptop-friendly alternatives to Unity window-placement shortcuts

Unity (I'm using Ubuntu Trusty if it matters) has these very handy shortcuts where you can press ctrl+alt+numpad to place a window in one of 8 predetermined positions. For instance, ctrl+alt+7 will ...
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How to make alt-tab diplay names of the program/window title?

When switching between programs using alt-tab I prefer the program/window title to be displayed as well as the picture of the program. This is especially useful when I have multiple editor windows ...
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Is it possible to restart only the dash and panel with launchers without restarting unity?

I know there is `unity-panel-service', which is used for restarting the panel. But it is possible restart the "Dash/Launchers" section without restarting the whole unity plugin? I have used for my ...
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How to right-click in Unity Webapps new browser

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04 and I'm trying some webapps (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Firefox was the used browser in earlier versions, but now a dedicated browser is used instead. The problem is ...
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Screensaver/blanking problem

I have upgraded to 12.10 and then downgraded again to 12.04 LTS because of the screensaver or screen blanking problem. After 10-12 minutes the screen goes black/blank when i dont do anything (idle). I ...
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How to fix font rendering (no anti-aliasing) in Unity global menu and search?

Since I've upgraded my system to Ubuntu 11.10, Unity's global menu and search are having font rendering problems (no anti-aliasing, bad font sizes). No problem in sub-menus. The font rendering ...
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How can I make the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons in the window decorations?

When the Ambiance GTK theme is selected in Applications ▸ Appearance ▸ Customize ▸ Controls, the window buttons in the panel match the window buttons of the Ambiance Metacity theme's window ...
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Why do firefox 4 and evolution always open maximized in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Prevent Unity from auto-maximizing How to keep programs from launching maximized? 11.04 Why do Firefox 4 and Evolution always open maximized in Unity? Even after you ...
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Login Loop - unable to run unity - not Xauthority ownership but may be related to display?

All, I was trying to get VNC working, making lots of changes that I don't recall now when I discovered after a restart that I could not login to Ubuntu 14.04. I believe I authenticate ok, but get ...