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Macbook Pro 8.1 Keyboard Backlight on Ubuntu 11.04 With KDE

Can anyone tell me how to enable my keyboard's backlight? It works fine using gdm and Unity. I recently installed kde 4.6.5 and started using kdm, everything works fine as in unity, only my keyboard's ...
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How to make terminal windows half-transparent in Unity 2d?

That's it. I want to have terminal windows to be (half-) transparent in Unity 2d without wasting too much resources. This question has arisen after an update from Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10, after which ...
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Removal of unity-preferences makes launcher not show up

In 11.04 I used the unity-preferences tool (called menu and launcher in the the dash I believe) to set Unity to only reveal when the mouse was moved to the upper corner. I liked this method better as ...
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Scrollbars missing in Eclipse [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to blacklist an individual application from using overlay-scrollbars? In their frantic quest for pixel real estate, Unity designers have set their greedy ...
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Is there a way to add a window list on the panel in Unity?

Is there a way in Natty with the Unity shell to add a Window List (or, even better, something like Talika) to the top bar? Or, failing that, some sort of appindicator for open windows? Ultimately, ...
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Is it possible to cycle through workspaces in Unity (14.04+)?

I have configured my keyboard shortcuts so that Alt + left takes me to the work space left, and Alt + right takes me to the work space to the right, but I would rather have one set of keys to cycle. ...
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“Date and Time Settings” GUI in Ubuntu 14.04 is not working?

I have been trying to access the Date and Time setting in my Ubuntu 14.04 to modify the time (which is wrong). I click in the hour in the top-right corner of the top bar, and then in "Date & Time ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 will NOT load except for empty desktop

When I start up my computer, this is exactly what happens: GRUB loads, and I select Ubuntu. Ubuntu is loading, and before Step 3 a tty1 screen shows up, then goes away Ubuntu login screen shows up, ...
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Unity launcher icon boxes missing 14.04LTS 64bit

I just ran across an issue which I have never seen before and I was unable to google anything useful regarding this as well. Basically, after I set my Unity launcher icon size to 32, the icons lost ...
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How do I install 3rd party programs and make them appear in the Dash Home menu?

I just downloaded Sublime Text Editor, and I unpacked the tarball. However, now I want to make it searchable in the Dash Board menu, like all applications that are installed using the Ubuntu Software ...
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Cannot change keyboard layout after uninstalling Unity

I have been messing around with my fairly new installation of Ubuntu 13.10 Gnome, where I installed two keyboard layouts - English (UK) and Russian. They worked well, I could switch them with the ...
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How to uninstall lightdm?

I removed Unity from my computer. But still lightdm is showing when I typed sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm. I want to remove it. What can I do?
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Enforcing corporate desktop and short cuts on Ubuntu 12.04 Unity

How can I enforce the same desktop image and pre-created desktop shortcuts for all users on Ubuntu 12.04 Unity and prevent users from changing them please?
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VNC on UBUNTU 13.04 - not showing full desktop

i am trying to use vnc on ubuntu 13.04 but I am unable to get full desktop. SO far what I have got is a error message that says "Failed to load session ubuntu-2d", or a blank screen or a desktop ...
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How to get the launcher to stay and hide? 12.04

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04. My launcher keeps on hiding when I'm on the desktop. But I want it to stay out. And when I'm using programs I want it to hide. Is there anyway to do this?
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Show USB drives in launcher, but not mounted internal partitions

Well the title pretty much says it all. I have partitions that appear in the launcher when the system mounts them, just like when a USB key is plugged in. I do not want these mounted internal hard ...
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Unity 3D suddenly no longer working on my Wubi install

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on my hand-built tower (important specs: Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz, 8GB of RAM, NVidia GeForce 8800 GTS with 640 MB of video RAM). It's a bit of a weird setup because I installed ...
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All windows decorations disappear after I maximize any window

When I maximize some of the windows all decorations disappear (by all, I mean on all windows)... Is that common issue on Unity or I'm just unlucky to have some prone to that bug configuration? Anyone ...
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Custom launchers don't work like normal launchers, and allow application switching?

Using gnome-desktop-item-edit, I created a custom launcher for Chrome. When I use the launcher, it doesn't show the arrow next to the icon in the Unity launcher, so any windows I open are ...
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Gbirthday - Is there a way to let it work with Unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you know any birthday reminder alternative to GBirthday? I use the very useful and small birthday (and more) reminder tool Gbirthday a lot, but it seems not to work ...
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Ring Switcher in Unity

In classic GNOME2 desktop I could install Compiz and customize it with Compiz config settings manager so that clicking on a specific screen location allowed switching between open windows. With Unity ...
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Autohide for “Unity bar” and panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will the Unity launcher auto-hide? I like to have my system revert to a plain, empty desktop when no windows are open... Does the current version of unity have a setting ...
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How to stop the Unity Desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one exit the X server? I would like to shutdown the graphical interface and every related graphical application on my Ubuntu 11.10 (with 4 GiB memory and 4 GiB ...
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Making Unity Dash open with the last used Lens as the active Lens

Especially with no keyboard shortcuts for custom-installed Lenses, I thought it would be nice for the Dash to always open the last used Lens for me (instead of the default Home/Global Lens). Is it ...
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Why does Unity depend on Gnome

In the light of some similar questions I have received, I took the liberty of creating a simple question that addresses this which are: Why does Unity depend on Gnome and to what point is the ...
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How to show windows only from the current workspace in switcher?

I would like to make the window switcher (typically invoked with Alt-Tab) in Unity to show only windows from the current workspace. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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How can I switch my current session between Unity, Unity 2D, and Gnome?

If I am currently logged in to Unity, is there a way for me to switch my current session to Unity 2D or Gnome without logging out and in again? I know I can restart Unity by running unity --replace. ...
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After the removal of Ubuntu Classic in 11.10, will I be able to install it once again?

After Ubuntu Classic is removed in 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), will I be able to re-install it?
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making unity dash filters stick

first time poster. I have deselected nearly all categories and sources in unity search filter but every time I type something new they are automatically re-enabled (music/amazon/ebay/lots more) I ...
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How do I remove the video lens?

How do I remove the video lens in Unity 12.04?
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Are GNOME Shell extensions compatible with Unity?

Today I saw an article about extensions for GNOME Shell, so it got me thinking a couple of questions that may apply to many users in Unity: Will the GNOME Shell extensions be compatible with Unity? ...
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Pidgin not showing up after opening it [closed]

I am on Ubuntu 11.10. I have installed Pidgin right after installing 11.10. As far as I remember everything worked great. However, for a while now (in the mean time I did some video drivers ...
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Arrange icons on unity 2d bar

I can't arrange icons on 2d unity bar. Whenever I'm trying to drag icons whole bar dragged up and down instead! I can only remove and add app icons to bar, but they always added at end, just before ...
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Add Vim to Unity launcher?

Please can someone explain how to add a launcher icon in Unity (along the left side) for Vim - or any other terminal-based application? I press alt+f2, type vim, and drag the icon to the left ... but ...
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What happens internally when I click “Lock to launcher” in Unity?

In the Unity desktop, when I start a GUI application, its icon appears in the launcher (if it isn't already there). Now when I right-click this icon, I either get the option Lock to Launcher or ...
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Keyboard shortcut for switching lenses

It used to be that I could switch to another lens by using the Tab button in 11.10 but it seems that the key has been mapped to focusing different sections of the same lens in 12.04. Is there a new ...
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How to switch and list windows (possibly of the same application) in Unity?

Is there a way to switch easily between specific windows belonging to the same given application? For example, open Firefox, maximise the window; then, open its History window (History menu -> Show ...
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Dash application search unresponsive at startup

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10. When I attempt to use the dash to search for an application immediately after log in, the search is unresponsive. I have to open and close the dash several times and ...
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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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Who takes up decisions prior to development in Ubuntu?

I am an absolute Linux beginner trying to wrap my head around open source. I was keen to know about who is the key player in taking up decisions for open source development. How do the developers ...
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The 'File Manager' icon in the Unity launcher opens my Home folder. How can I get it to open my Documents folder instead?

I open my Documents folder more often than my Home folder. In Unity, if I want to open Documents, I click on the File manager icon in the launcher (this opens Home), then I click on Documents in the ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 Unity No desktop just background wallpaper [duplicate]

I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 16.04 that I set to log in automatically. When it loads up all I get is the desktop wall paper but not top panel or unity side bar. Previously I was using Ubuntu ...
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15.10: 'startx $(which unity)' fails when booting to console

I followed this answer and ran the following commands on my 15.10 with Unity Desktop to boot to text mode: sudo systemctl enable multi-user.target --force sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target ...
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Quit applications while switching with alt + tab?

Is it possible to quit applications while switching through them with Alt+Tab? When I used a Mac many years ago and you were switching through open applications with (let's say Command+Tab) you could ...
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I can't move any windows in Unity

I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04, and had tons of Unity issues (like many users, it seems). I was able to eventually get my Dash and top bar back by trying all of the various resets folks have suggested, ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 under Parallels Desktop - Black Desktop after X Windows Update [duplicate]

I have been running Ubuntu 13.04 successfully on a MacBook Pro in a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop 9. Today (2013-10-17) after applying today's Ubuntu update, which included updates to X ...
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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 has disappeared

I realise that this question has been asked before, the best example being here (Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears). I should mention I have never used Ubuntu before today, and it ...
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Why is Unity named Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the philosophy behind Unity’s name Something similar to this question. Why is Unity named Unity? What's the idea behind the name?
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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, ...