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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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dconf-WARNING **: failed to commit changes to dconf: The given address is empty

So I got this script change_wallpaper, based from the answer from this: Automatically change Ubuntu wallpaper at a certain hour and ran it through cron. # For changing wallpaper at a certain time */1 ...
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Best way to Reinstall Ubuntu 14.04 Without Deleting my Files

I deleted python from Ubuntu 14.04 and now my unity desktop is gone. I can't close any files I have open. The only way I can run commands is by using xterm. I still have access to my files, which is a ...
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Unity Desktop incomplete when launching manually using 'startx $(which unity)'

This is a follow-up question to 15.10: 'startx $(which unity)' fails when booting to console. I finally managed to load the Unity Desktop after having booted into text-mode. But the desktop I ...
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How to change unity side laucher position from left to right ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

Is there any method available using which we can change the position of side bar laucher from left to right. I have installed the unity tweak tool but it only allows to auto hide the launcher. There ...
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Hide one of two terminals in launcher?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and I am trying to remove a running program from the launcher. Specifically I want to launch two terminals. One is for my normal work with several tabs, the other one is ...
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Sort Unity Launcher icons alphabetically

I like to keep my locked Launcher applications sorted alphabetically, and I was wondering if it would be possible to write a script that sorts them, so I don't have to do it myself every time I add a ...
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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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How do I start the Privacy and Activity Manager from command line?

This is the "Security & Privacy" dialogue in System Settings.
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Nautilus doesn't work… from command or from unity

I had a little bit of a problem when I uninstalled Gnome3 from my laptop (made it slower), and packages might have uninstalled a few things that nautilus needed in that process. Now, when I click ...
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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?
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Alt+Ctrl behavior different from Ctrl+Alt?

Specifically I am trying to use the workspace switching shortcut Ctrl+Alt+←↑→↓. They work fine when I press Alt then Ctrl then an Arrow key, but not when I do Ctrl then Alt. This ...
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Shortcuts no longer work for move window to left/right of screen in 12.04

I used to be able to send windows to the left/right half of the screen with ctrl-windows-left and ctrl-windows-right in 12.04. Now the left/right shortcuts do not work, but ctrl-windows-up / down ...
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No desktop, only background with the Unity plugin

I tried all this stuff. Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 and log in. Install the jibby you'll need to configure the settings by running this: sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager Then run ...
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Where are my apps?

When I click on the dash icon in Ubuntu 12.10, it shows me some "Applications", but only eight of them. Where are the other apps? How can I browse for "System", "Programming", "Multimedia" and other ...
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Gnome classic + Unity Dash

I like GNOME Classic more then GNOME Shell or Unity because it has a taskbar and Applications and Places menus on top. But the one thing i am really really missing is the dash from GNOME 3 and Unity, ...
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.desktop file. There was an error lunching the application

I a new ubuntu 12.04 user. I've read my stuff and copied/pasted code from here and there trying to make my second life client have a shortcut on the sidebar. I did this before... I did a format to ...
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ubuntu 12.10 The location is not a folder [duplicate]

i just upgraded my Ubuntu to 12.10 and i noticed that i get this message The location is not a folder whenever i try to access a mounted media (USB or even my other partitions). I am now unable to ...
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Why does webapps open another browser icon? [closed]

When I open the BBC web app, it opens another window of Chromium despite me already having one open. The happens with all of my web apps. The image above will show you what I am talking about.
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How can I create a launcher and also have it in the apps toolbar

I want an app icon for smart git. I can create one on my desktop with $ gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/ --create-new and selecting the smartgit.sh app. That works for an icon on the desktop. How ...
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Is this PPA safe and will it work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are “PPA's” safe to add to my system, and what are some “red flags” to watch out for? sudo add-apt-repository ppa:anton0/unity sudo apt-get ...
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Unity Launcher Log

I'm making a custom launcher/desktop file to place in the Unity Launcher Bar. However, when I drag the launcher icon from ~/.local/share/applications, it disappears immediately. This is probably ...
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unity components debugging

Following up on my question here, I would like to ask about best-practices for debugging additions to the unity components. Integrating apps into unity requires many components: service files, ...
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Show windows on all workspaces? (scale addon not working) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scale mode window on same workspace? Is there a way to show windows on ALL WORKSPACES? I can use alt+tab, after changing behaviour through ccsm, but Unity switcher only ...
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No Unity session after update

After I updated Ubuntu 11.10, LightDM won't show the Unity entry anymore. What can I do, to get the Unity (3D) entry back? NV drivers are fully working. I installed Gnome 3 weeks before.
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Can I remove the buttons (min, max, close) from the unity panel and put them back on the window?

In unity 2d, the buttons on a maximized window are by default placed above the launcher on autohide. TBH I hate it when stuff autohides, and was wondering if they can be moved (on a maximized window, ...
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How to compile a Unity scope? (Or: how to use libraries in Vala?)

I'm currently learning Vala, and after going through the basics I wanted to do an actual small project to make it more fun. For this, I thought creating a scope for Unity would be perfect (in this ...
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Is there a way to configure the “Super W” effect?

I'd like to configure the "Super W" effect, is it possible? I can't find it in the ccsm. Using Unity 3D in Ubuntu 11.10. Thank you.
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How to change font hinting settings? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change fonts and adjust their size? I'm using a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10, and I wish to change the font rendering options (medium hinting, enable subpixel ...
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How to fix the Gnome/Unity shortcut for an application?

I installed the development version of Gimp, then found it too buggy, so switched back to the Ubuntu repository version. In doing so, somehow Gnome/Unity/whatever became confused and now fails to ...
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Where are my “recent documents” in Unity?

I used to be able to get my recently owned documents with about one click from the drop down menu in Gnome2. In Unity I can't find recent documents anywhere. Searching on the net, there is some ...
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How to enable Unity 3D on an Nvidia Quadro 1000M

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop, which has a Nvidia Quadro 1000M graphics card. At login, I chose the 3D version of Ubuntu, but somehow my laptop doesn't support this and switches to Unity 2D ...
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libreoffice application does not use unity launcher [closed]

Please fine below the image. In this, you may observe that though libre writer is up, unity launcher does not have blue arrow. And clicking on it, does not bring back the application window. Any ...
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The “power cog” has disappeared [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1. The "power cog" (the button at the top right corner of the screen) seems to have disappeared. I am not sure what caused that because it was there when I installed 11.10 ...
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System not reaching login on GUI

Yesterday I finally got around to upgrading from 10.04 to 11.04 (I'm very forgetful about such things). I did an upgrade through the update manager, first to 10.10, then to 11.04. Unfortunately, I've ...
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unity home quicklist not working

hello i have tried adding some quicklists to the unity launcher i added some to the gnome-terminal and they work fine added some to the nautilus-home but cannot get them to display here is my .desktop ...
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How to configure window switching functionality?

The currently selected window is hard to tell, most of the time I have to look at the title of the selected window in the top bar, there is no highlights on the selected window, how to fix that?
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persistent notification for Unity launcher icons

I was delighted to learn about the demands_attention flag as explained here: Is there any way to initiate "urgent animation" of an icon on the Unity launcher from command line? However, ...
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Maximized windows stop repaint when loosing focus

I have a very annoying problem. When I maximize a window and than I change the focus to another window with alt+tab or by clicking it, when I go back to the first maximized window it stops to ...
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How to make Unity Launcher menu be almost always hidden and not influence window placement

I'm using Unity on 11.04. I've had a look at the compiz-config settings but could not find any answers. I would like to change a few default settings in Unity Launcher. I would like to apply ...
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Drawer or other organisation for hundreds of scripts in Unity Launcher

I have a large number of .sh scripts for opening ssh connections to various remote machines. These .sh scripts are grouped by staging/test/production/etc In Gnome I had a series of entries in the ...
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How do I use the lock-keys-applet in Unity?

I have upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04. I used to have lock-keys-applet on the panel but since now I am using unity I see no way to get it back except that I use Ubuntu-classic. Somebody please tell me how ...
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How to make the Unity Launcher to be transparent?

How to make the Unity Launcher to be transparent ?
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How do I add a static quicklist for Opera to open new tabs and windows?

How can I add more options to Opera's quicklist such as: new tab, new private tab, new window, mail, etc?
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Move semi- maximized windows across multiple (2 or more) monitors

I frequently use Ctrl+Super+Arrow -Keys to move windows around. However, with a multiple monitor set up, the shortcuts only move the windows on the current screen. **Example of my situation: I have ...
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Prevent unity launcher icons from highlighting across workspaces

I have Ubuntu 15.04 with Unity DE and enabled the multiple workspaces. Now currently, when I open e.g. Firefox in workspace 1, move to workspace 2 and open a Terminal there, I still have the Firefox ...
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What should one do on encountering a frozen login screen after a suspend?

After suspending my computer, I regularly encounter a login screen that is frozen. The mouse can be moved, but I cannot interact with anything such as the passcode field. What should I do when I ...
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Remove Chrome Completely

I had a crash tonight, seems to have been graphics related (the cursor disappeared so I rebooted). Now chrome has gone very strange. It seems to have a windows skin over the top. As the screen shot ...
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14.04 unity does not start after login screen

In Ubuntu 14.04, after arriving at the lightdm login screen and entering my password, the screen briefly disappears, but then comes back to the login screen. When going to terminal with ALT-CTR-F1 and ...