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Does Ubuntu have the equivalent of a registry, especially for desktop GUI items?

I've seen several references to 'Compiz Config' and a 'gnome config' application that seems to not be installed by default. Where do these config applications store their data? Is there a registry ...
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Will there be a place for example a website or a PPA that holds all the lenses for Unity?

With the new feature lenses in the Natty Unity launcher will there be a website, ppa or something be created to easily get hold of them so users can browse and install the ones there want? At the ...
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Picasa installs but is missing in the menu

Acer Aspire One Netbook Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.10 (freshly installed) 1 GB Ram 150 GB HDD Space When I try to install Picasa, it apparently completes, and tells me that it has been ...
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Is it possible to replace the Unity launcher?

Is it possible to replace the Unity launcher (dock) in Ubuntu 11.04 with another dock (for example Docky)?
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Unity and Ubuntu-desktop disappeared and I am unable to reinstall it!

I am running Ubuntu 13.04. After running a normal upgrade, Unity disappeared (after login, I have the desktop, without the launch abd status bar, no dash, etc.). If I try to reinstall ubuntu-desktop, ...
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Unity in 12.10 comes up behind other windows

I've just upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10. For the most part, everything works fine, but I have a few small problems with Unity, or maybe Compiz. When I hit the Super key, or click on the dash launcher, ...
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Can I use Unity with XMonad?

I've been using Fedora for a while, but I recently decided to upgrade my ubuntu installation from 12.04 to 12.10. While I was using Fedora, I found xmonad tiling window manager which I sort of got ...
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How do I keep my screen from going dim when idle?

Apparently, the new version of Unity is based on Gnome 3. Apparently, Gnome 3 decided to do away with a huge chunk of the options available to me. It used to be that when I went to System Settings -> ...
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Accidentally unchecked Unity in system settings - blank desktop? [duplicate]

Accidentally unchecked "unity" in system settings. Now my Ubuntu 11 boots into a "desktop background only" screen. no panels, no icons. Although I was able somehow to invoke Nautilus. any way I can ...
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How do I add Eclipse Indigo to the launcher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to pin eclipse indigo to Ubuntu 11.10? I know how to download Eclipse, and I figured I would put it in /opt, but how can I get it in the launcher? I suppose I will ...
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Can Wine software use Unity Application Menu?

Wine applications which I used show menu under window top border. Is there any way to use global application menu in Wine applications? Will this function be available in next releases of Wine/appmenu ...
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How can I make the workspace switcher in Unity 2D show more than one row of workspaces?

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04. Everything works well except the workspaces refuse to form more than one row and I'm use to working with a 2x2 grid. The dimensionality of the workspace ...
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Notification icon always the same, even when Liferea has new items

As you can see on this screenshot, the icon circled in red is always the same, whether Liferea has zero new items (left side), or has new items (right side). Why not have different icons depending ...
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How to kill unity panel & unity launcher? [duplicate]

I'd like to find out which process is responsible for Unity panel and launcher.. In case I'd like to close one of them, which process to I have to kill? Thanks!
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Why is this application throwing OpenGL errors when run in Unity? [closed]

I have an application that ran flawlessly in Wine 1.3 in Maverick. However, when run in Natty under Unity, I get the following error: X Error of failed request: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for ...
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Unity and games don't work on new Thinkpad T420

Here's my setup: Lenovo ThinkPad T420, brand new NVIDIA Graphics Card 4GB of Ram 128GB Solid State Drive Intel Core i5 Processor Given these specs, there's no reason games and Unity shouldn't be ...
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How hard would it be to merge Unity & Gnome-Shell? [closed]

I don't think that it's good for the Linux desktop to be too fragmented, forks should rejoin the main projects and thus make Linux a better experience. So if at some point in the future the ...
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Dual monitor Unity launcher opening on wrong monitor

Is this a specific unity configuration or a dual monitor configuration problems ? In NVIDIA X Server Settings. Make this the primary display for the X screen, is my choice the middle display. But the ...
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How to use Compiz as the window manager for Unity

When I tried to enable compiz, it said that I can't because of mutter. How may I enable compiz?
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How closely will Unity follow the Desktop version specification?

I read here that these will be some of the features of the Desktop version of Unity: A floating Unity Dash that can be moved to all edges of the screen. Floating, overlapping windows with their ...
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How to improve Unity Performance?

I installed ubuntu netbook edition on my netbook* expecting to get the best performance out of it, but apparently, that didn't turn out. Unity is a bit slow on it, and when I click on Files and ...
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Cairo-Dock crashed my Unity desktop, is this possible?

I'm still new to using Ubuntu and learning more and more each day. The other day I formatted my hard drive and wiped the Windows 8 partition (never use it) and re-installed my Ubuntu install to start ...
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Stuck in Unity 2d, 12.04

Since applying some fixes to Ubuntu 12.04 after being horribly stuck, I noticed when I login to Unity 3D, I enter Unity 2D (both entries are available at login). Unity 3D seems to be completely ...
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How do I enable live window resizing in Ubuntu 13.04?

In Ubuntu 13.04 when you resize an application window by clicking with the mouse on any of its borders the whole window area gets covered by an orange transparent film; if then the mouse cursor is ...
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How do I install Unity Web apps from the software repositories?

I found .deb files in my cache for some webapps I installed. Then I used apt-get to install some other web apps. But the icons aren't showing up on the unity bar. How do I rectify this?
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How can I return to Unity notifications after installing XFCE4?

After I installed XFCE4, the XFCE notifications are being displayed instead of the Unity ones. Even in Unity sessions. How do I set it up so that I get Unity notifications in Unity sessions and XFCE4 ...
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How do I create a popup banner before login with Lightdm?

When Ubuntu was using gnome I was able to create a popup banner like the banner below before the login screen using zenity in the /etc/gdm/Init/Default. The line of code would be like this: if [ -f ...
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Open URL in Chromium and switching to existing tab open if URL already open

I was trying to create Unity quicklists for Gmail. But if the Gmail was already opened, it will still create another tab and load the web page, rather than switching to the existing. I even tried ...
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How to launch different firefox profiles via the keyboard using Unity

I'm a heavy user of firefox profiles - a general one, work and one just for facebook so facebook doesn't know where I'm browsing. I have customised my firefox launcher icon to give me access to ...
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How to change the order of scopes in a lens?

I recently installed 12.04, and have started to to fiddle around with lenses. I've installed two scopes for the music lens: Spotify and Grooveshark. It seems to me that the current scope display ...
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How do I remove the Skype icon from the system panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I remove the Skype panel icon? I have been trying for some time to remove the Skype icon in the upper panel in Ubuntu 11.10, but to no avail. I have went into ...
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How could I change my theme colors like this? (Pic below) or can I find a theme like this?

I want my theme to look like this. How would I go about changing the colors to look like this or is there a theme that already looks like this that you? I am using Unity and Gnome Shell. Is there a ...
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How to check if checkbox-unity from ppa:unity-team/ppa succesfully send my report?

I used the checkbox-unity survey to test beta unity 5.0 in Precice. Completing the survey took me a couple of hours because I thoroughly described the problems I discovered. At the end of the survey ...
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How to make unity hide applications from the launcher if they're running on other desktops/workspaces?

I would like to be able to hide applications running in other workspaces, under Unity. For example, chrome is open in workspace 1, and when I go to another workspace, it should be hidden from the ...
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KeePassX 0.4.3 on 11.10 (Unity) not visible in task switcher (Alt-Tab) [closed]

Update: Problem solved. I've rebooted, and now it just works. I cannot reproduce the problem anymore myself. (Reported as https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/keepassx/+bug/887115) I run ...
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Why will network manager not allow me save my VPN settings?

I am trying to configure am OpenVPN client on my laptop. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit. When I open network manager and import the VPN settings from the premade config folder everything takes. The ...
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How do I switch between windows of applications when ` is in a shifted position?

In the What's new page for 11.10 it says that Alt+` (grave accent) can be used to switch between windows of applications: This sounds inconvenient on my keyboard because: ` is shifted (I have to ...
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Unity 3D not longer working after upgrade on a Quadro NVS 140M/ [closed]

After upgrading Unity 3D is not longer working. I tryed several things: unity --reset re-enabling unity plugin reinstall of ccsm, unity, ... What can I do to get unity working? Unity 2D, Gnome ...
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Toggling between Unity 3D and unity 2D [closed]

Generally, I much prefer Unity 3D over the 2D version, which is a bit broken on my machine. However, I frequently give presentations, and Compiz doesn't support multiple screens. I've been forced to ...
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How do I add an application to a specific sub-category of dash

I tried to use "main menu" for this but while it was added to "main menu" it doesn't display in dash in the similarly named sub category.
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Make Gnote load faster

Ever since I upgraded to 11.04 and started to use Unity I've been bothered by the time it takes to load Gnote. In 10.10 I used Gnome and the Gnote plugin for the Gnome panel which had Gnote loaded in ...
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How do I remove icons from the Unity launcher using a script?

After a fresh install of 11.04 I have a script that does a few useful things. Is there a way to remove the LibreOffice, Ubuntu One etc icons from the Unity launcher using command line so I can put it ...
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How can I tell if I am running 2D or 3D Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Am I using Unity or Unity 2D? I have just installed the Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha on my laptop. How can I tell whether I have the 2D or the 3D Unity running?
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How to associate Unity Dash's buttons to the preferred applications?

Unity Dash shows some big buttons by hitting the Ubuntu logo: Internet, Mail, Games, Music. I'm currently using different programs than the original ones included in Ubuntu, but these buttons have ...
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Will it be possible / desirable to port Unity back to Mutter at some point?

As far as I know, there are plans to port Unity from Mutter to Compiz due to some performance problems caused by the first. If these problems with Mutter are fixed at some point in the future, and ...
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How to get back unity and compiz after uninstalling, no launcher or dash on startup

I've gone through a ton of threads regarding this issue with nothing working for me. I removed compiz to reinstall it (foolishly) and I just can't seem to get unity back. I'm on 14.04. The Unity ...
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Why does Nautilus/Unity crash?

Every time I use Nautilus and navigate to a specific subdirectory inside my home directory, Nautilus instantly closes, and the desktop wallpaper disappears too. The computer appears to continue just ...
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Turning Monitor Off With an Icon

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop and sometimes want to turn the display off immediately (without closing the lid and without waiting for it to turn off by itself). I'd prefer not to have to run a ...
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Application should skip the unity launcher [duplicate]

How can I skip the unity launcher for a (Py)Qt-app? As you see when running the code below, there is an icon in the launcher. I don't need that icon because I manage the windows of that application ...
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How do I remove YouTube sidebar integration?

I accidentally agreed to allow Firefox to 'integrate' YouTube with my desktop sidebar and now I want to get rid of it. How do I do this?