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Unity spontaneously logs out in Ubuntu 12.04

This started happening after I upgraded from 11.10. I'm running on a Latitude 13 laptop with an Intel Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (not Nvidia) - no proprietary drivers. It ...
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Can I use Unity with the dash and hud only? 12.04

I love the Dash, find the hud to be cool, hates the launcher and loathes the panel! So is there a way that I can run the Dash alone and use Gnome or Cinnamon or whatever as a window manager?
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Unity equivalent of KDE 'comments' feature

Under KDE, I can add 'comments' to any File/folder. I consider it the digital analogue of 'sticky notes' on physical files. Can I get the same/similar behaviour in Unity/Gnome? If yes, how? If no, ...
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Will removing Xubuntu packages affect Unity? [duplicate]

Thanks to the answers at How to remove xubuntu-desktop?, I know how to remove the Xubuntu desktop. But I am concerned that removing Xubuntu from my Ubuntu install might affect or harm the Unity ...
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Can't restore unity desktop [closed]

I'm having this problem. Tried this: $ unity --reset This command hangs up on 'Setting Update "run_key"' Also tried this: $ ccmd Unity plugin was disabled. I enabled it and rebooted. But still ...
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can't login to Unity always login to Unity 2D

I select Ubuntu on login and it always loads Unity 2D. I ran /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p And got this error X Error of failed request: BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) Major opcode ...
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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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The brightness gets reset after unlocking

I'm getting this annoying behaviour (didn't occur on any of the previous releases), every time the display gets lock after typing the password the brightness is reset to 100%. But when I open the ...
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Create unity shortcuts to WINE applications 12.04

I have just gone through the process of getting ubuntu onto my main PC, no issues, was absolutely brilliant how its done it and loved that I could read the web while installing too, I have WINE ...
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Unity will not boot 12.04

I switched to GDM and restarted. No problem. Waited several days and my system is working well, except for a minor bug in Gnome 3.4. I install Ubuntu Tweak and make a few tweaks. Reboot and all is ...
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Upgrade 11.10 to 12.04, no applications in launcher, no shutdown menu

My unity crashed during the update from 11.10 to 12.04, and after waiting a long time i was forced to restart the computer. when it came up, things were in a sorry state, i got to the terminal and ...
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Unity launcher full - Need more icons

I have already reduced the Unity launcher icons to 32 but still the space is exhausted already with my most-used programs. Basically I have to scroll often in the unity launcher bar with is annoying. ...
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How can I force applications not pinned to the launcher to appear below applications that are pinned? [closed]

I normally use Super+number to open my frequently used applications which are pinned to the launcher, which is quick and convenient as long as the numbers remain consistent. However, when I run other ...
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Unity 2d and 3d both running

Ok. I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my computer and everything works fine. I installed Compiz config Settings, and it shows that the Ubuntu Unity Plugin is unchecked. I researched and found out that I am ...
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How do I enable OSX-like three-finger swipes in 11.10 and 12.04?

In MacOSX the default settings is to move back/forward a page in Firefox when I do a three-finger swipe left/right. In Unity, three-finger-swipes invokes window movement. How can I configure ...
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Switch to a different workspace while using a VM

I'm using Vmware Workstation 8 on an Ubuntu 11.10 host. Is there a way I can exclude certain inputs from going to the virtual machine and instead direct those inputs to the host? Ideally what I'd ...
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Weird Ubuntu 11.10 GUI problem

It sounds different from the normal unity theme, how to correct it? Why are the images changed? It happens even though I have booted few times. Thanks.
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CCSM broke my Unity 3D on 11.10

Ok. I wanted to see how 3D cube would look like with my 11.10, so I installed CCSM and turned on 3D cube and disabled expose (think that is what it is called). Then after that everything went ...
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“invisible” icons in the launcher bar

In the launcher bar, there are "icons" that display a text ("System Settings," "Home Folder") when you float the mouse over them, but they're just black -invisible - it looks like a blank spot ...
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Launcher does not pop out a running app when dragging a file to it [closed]

I have a small screen so prefer working with only one visible app at a time. In 11.04, I could drag a file from nautilus to the launcher, hover above another app, like chromium or gedit. The launcher ...
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Can I use GNOME 3 themes and icons with Unity too?

I like to play around with themes and icons to make my desktop looking more lovely. Can I use the themes and icons also for Unity 3D/2D, or what do I have to look for to know when and how I have to ...
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How To Replace Unity with Gnome Shell via Ubuntu Software Center?

IMHO, Unity is just as productive and functional as Gnome Shell, and since for me, Gnome Shell looks a lot more stylish, I would like to replace Unity in Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome Shell. EDIT: Without ...
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Compiz stop working [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset GNOME to the defaults? I'm on a laptop sony vaio, vng-nw330f with ubuntu 11.10. One day I used my computer normally, I shutdown and the other day when I ...
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How do I modify the Unity Global Menu

I got some help with part of this question: How do I modify the message notifier widget in the Unity global menu? But I'm wondering more broadly if there is a tool to tweak the Unity Global Menu. ...
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Fixed width and height for new opened folder/file

I don't like to open file and then adjust height and width, which always quite the same for every file and folder. Do you know if I could make fixed height and width for new opened folder or file? Of ...
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Does Tomboy break Unity / Compiz? [closed]

I tested it with a Ubuntu 11.10 Live CD x64 and a fresh install on my HDD: After starting Tomboy I cannot logout / shutdown / restart anymore. The menu bar / launcher disappears after initiating the ...
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Why do numbers appear over open and/or pinned apps when i hold down Super?

When i hold down the super (windows) key, numbers and in some cases letters appear over open apps and other unity things (workspace switcher, trash). The first 10 Open or pinned apps are numbered 1, ...
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Simple launcher to minimize all windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a Unity equivalent of the GNOME panel 'show desktop' applet? Is there a simple way to create a launcher for Unity that minimizes all windows or, ...
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Why does my name show as [Invalid UTF-8]? [closed]

I just did an upgrade (from 10.10 -> 11.04 -> 11.10) and am trying to get everything figured out. I notice that when I log in, my name is [Invalid UTF-8]. Where is this coming from, and how can I ...
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How to stop excessive memory usage of unity-window-decorator? [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11.04 on an AMD64 computer. When I boot the computer the memory usage of unity-window-decorator is few tens of MB (checked with System Monitor)c After many hours using Google Chrome, ...
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New to Ubuntu but have two problems

I have just installed Ubuntu and I am very pleased, however I have two problems: I don't have Unity so ran the test and I have been told: Not software rendered: no GLX texture from pixmap: no Unity ...
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Unity does not work - Segmentation fault

The Unity interface never appeared on my laptop (Natty - Intel 945GME). Though, according to the unity_support_test script it sould work: /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p OpenGL vendor string: ...
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Unity top panel flickering with fullscreen WINE apps

When I run a wine app in fullscreen the top Unity panel is visible flickering through it on and off. The "Legacy fullscreen support" does not help, when running without Compiz (Unity 2d) everything is ...
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Whenever I use ALT-TAB, Firefox display freezes [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 2011.04 from scratch a few hours ago. At first Firefox was working perfectly. Then I selected "Static application switcher" in the Compiz configuration. From that time, whenever I ...
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All browsers with one icon in the launcher!

I'm trying to create my first launcher for Unity that works like this: when I use the left-click, it opens the browser set as default on the system when I use the right-click it opens 3 shortcuts ...
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Ubuntu Unity not showing all eclipse menus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Menu missing in Lotus notes 8 and Eclipse in Unity Hi I just upgraded to Natty and I was giving a sporting chance to Unity. There a lot of things I liked about it (ease ...
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Can't resize maximized lenses in Unity

I'm starting to enjoy every day a bit more and more Unity. But till now I'm looking for an answer to how resize the lenses in Unity. It takes the whole screen and I would like to be able to resize it. ...
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What can I use like a replacement of the notification area?

Well , I used both codes below , also I used dconf-editor to tweak the panel. I Tried to set the code to one program or two , and 'all'. But the problem is that sometimes(not always) I can't click ...
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Unity launcher menu “reaction speed” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I change the Unity launcher delay? Hello all, I have noticed that, having the Unity on Ubuntu 11.04 in its default configuration, when I move the mouse to the ...
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How can I set up that the menu bar on the left is always shown? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior? Hey, I alway will see may menu bar on the left site. So I can switch faster between programms. In the ...
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Is the top panel in Unity currently transparent by default?

Is the top panel of Unity transparent or solid by default at the moment?
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How does /will Unity handle multiple monitors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does Unity work in multi-monitor configurations? Hi! What is planned for multiple monitor support in Unity? I can't seem to find a bug/blueprint anywhere, or a ...
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Will you have option to remove Unity in 11.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will Unity be the only option during install? In the new release of 11.04 will you have the option to uninstall Unity and go back to the normal Gnome desktop?
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Chrome broken unity launcher [duplicate]

I'm having problems with the Chrome launcher icon for Ubuntu 14.04. When I open Chrome for the first time, both via the icon launcher (call it icon1) that through any other way, it creates a new icon ...
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Suddenly cannot switch keyboard layouts

All of a sudden the keyboard layout icon disappeared from my bar, and even the keyboard short-cut that I usually use to switch between german and russian layout stopped working. The "Text Entry" ...
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How to enable global application menu in RStudio?

On Ubuntu 15.04 Unity, how can I enable the global menu bar for the Qt application RStudio? I found a 12.04 question, which was not solved and did not contain a clue. (Due to reputation issues, I ...
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Use 100% of edge to go between monitors

My monitors are currently arranged like this: +---------+ | | +------+| | | || | | || | +------++---------+ If I'm at the top-left corner ...
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display managers not working on 14.04 [duplicate]

I tried the things in the answer this supposedly is the same as, to no avail. I upgraded to 4.10, hoping that would fix the problem, but it made the unity problem worse. I've had a deadline ...
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How to switch back to Unity

I have a very big problem. I just installed cairo-dock and I logged out from my Unity. As I logged out, Ubuntu showed me options to select other desktop, I saw an option of Cairo Desktop and I chose ...
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Partitions mounted with fstab, not opening from Nautilus nor Unity sidebars

I had recently changed my partitions (reducing Windows partition to give more storage for Linux), and I used fstab to have convenient access to my file system. I have not problem using these ...