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Why switching panel underlay application?

I'm new to Ubuntu; I just start playing round with it a week ago. Sometimes when I press ALT+Tab to switching between applications, the panel shows underlay applications I'm working on. Even when I ...
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ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 distribution upgrade pauses “configuring lightdm” … “Default display manager:” gdm, lightdm

Apologies if I overlooked this in the docs somewhere. Let me document something just incase it was missed. My upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04 pauses on a package configuration. The first time I did ...
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How to change workspace switcher icon when using more workspaces?

I have Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I would like to see current workspace position while using more than 4 workspaces. When I changed number of WS with compiz-config/unity-tweak/ubuntu tweak I realized that ...
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Application WIndows getting stuck between workspaces in Unity

My problem is when I open , minimize and reopen multiple applications , (with workspaces turned on) sometimes the windows get stuck between the workspaces , is this a bug or supposed to happen , of ...
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How to remove an icon from the menu bar without uninstalls?

I know, one can uninstall or blacklist a particular app or service so that it doesn't show up on the top menu bar, but is there a way you can voluntarily, and safely (without any Terminal bashing or ...
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Make “backups” icon go away

Shortly after installing Ubuntu 14.04, I started getting this annoying black-box icon on my application launcher. I have to click on it and say "skip backups" every time I restart my computer to make ...
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Moving applications from unity launcher to docky

I have just installed docky with mac style and I really like it! but it seems that there is no way to drag and drop existing application icons from unity launcher to the docky. Foe example I want to ...
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Desktop and Nautilus fonts suddenly HUGE

I am running 14.04 (x64) with an nVidia card. About a week ago, the desktop and Nautilus fonts both ballooned in size, and I have been unable to find compiz or unity settings that address this. ...
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How do I change the unity launcher dash home icon in ubuntu 12.04?

Okey, Before anyone rates this as duplicate of anything! I have researched. And I am sorry if my response for my previous questions was bad, I did not mean to do so, some personal things happened, I'm ...
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How can I get more granular control of Unity scaling factor?

In the Displays section of the settings, Unity has an option to set "Scale for menu and title bars". This option is presented as a slider with notches every .125. However, I find that the optimal ...
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Only a few programs will launch without rebooting first

I'm running 14.04 Trusty Tahr, and after a recent update my system has an issue (I want to be clear that I mess with settings a lot, so this may not be directly the fault of the update, but the ...
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If I backup my Ubuntu (unity) using Deja, can I restore it when I use a fresh install of UbuntuGNOME?

This may be a weird question, but it has me stumped and google is little help. I am currently running Ubuntu with the default Unity interface. I've been wanting to experiment with different DE's for a ...
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Frames twiching between two states on occasion

Sometimes the Unity window frame twitches between two states, the new and a previous one. I am quite sure it doesn't affect the whole screen only the active window. It stops when I switch my workspace ...
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Chromebook Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity dual boot

I currently use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity as my primary desktop OS. And recently, I have acquired an HP Chromebook 11 (ARM), and I which to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on it because of a few software ...
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Login screen freezed after resume

Today I came into strange problem. Yesterday, as always, I suspended my Ubuntu 14.04 (Unity) laptop for night. Today as I open it up it shows login screen (lightdm) but it is impossible to write ...
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Removing unity and install mate 1.8

I want to install mate as the only DE on my machine and I want to remove TOTALLY unity and lightdm without causing conflicts. How to do that? I have an Acer aspire E-522 with a dual boot with W7 and ...
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Recovering data after unity crash after installing radeon driver

I installed a graphics driver (for radeon in dell ) from ubuntu software center. when the system restarted the sidebar is not appearing after login. Before login at least few icons appear at top ...
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Nothing Appearing After Login (14.04) [duplicate]

This has happened to me more than once, I installed updates before shutting down, and later after I boot up and log in, I only see my desktop background and the mouse cursor, I can't do CTL+ALT+T for ...
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How do I get the value of Display -> “Scale for menu and title bars:” from the command line?

I did a clean clean install of 14.04 and confirmed that Display -> "Scale for menu and title bars:" is set to 1. However some uses of the application I develop report that its set to 0.875 on clean ...
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Disable ibus in Ubuntu 14.04

I regularly switch between 3 scripts (English/Roman, Kannada and Hindi/Sanskrit/Devanagari). In 12.04, I used to enable IBus by typing Ctrl+Space to switch from English to Kannada, and again the same ...
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Is there an application to identify the configuration driving a system-global keypress

Much as I like Unity and Gnome, getting global keyboard shortcuts and mouse clicks "right" is a source of continual frustration. We have: The "settings" dialogs for keyboard and mouse The ccsm tool ...
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How to remap default unity window placement shortcuts

I'm using Google Docs quite often, and love the ability to change styles quickly by using Ctrl + Alt + NumPad shortcut. However, with Unity this system shortcut is already used for Window placement. ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Unity got slow during the last couple of updates

I've been using Ubuntu since 12.04 and have not really experienced any issues until a couple of weeks ago when my PC got really slow and all software as well. Switching workspaces is more of a lagfest ...
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Wine complete removal from Ubuntu 14.04

I have installed wine from Ubuntu software centre but I don't need that & want to remove the software completely from my system so please tell me How to completely remove wine from Ubuntu 14.04?
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Toggle Window Decorations

For screencasting purposes I would like to be able to easily toggle window decorations - primarily the titlebar at the top of applications - on and off. I can't find an easy way to do this in Ubuntu ...
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Appearance option in System Settings suddenly gone

Recently, volume and sound stopped working. Soon after I lost the ability to go into System Settings other than through the console. Then many of my launcher icons vanished. Now my workspaces have ...
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How to find and star/stop or hide/display indicators?

I am using Ubutnu 14.04 (LTS) and have following indicators: Now from above indicators (like: Bluetooth, Classic-Menu, Indicator-synapse, Network, Laungage, Message, Sound , datetime or calendar and ...
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I can't save Steam games to external flash drive because it is Read-Only, help?

I researched online for a while and found out to save games to my external I would have to change the properties on my flash drive to read and write. However I do not have ownership for some reason. I ...
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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 ...
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Execute single program on boot, no menus [duplicate]

I'm trying to something like a kiosk. So, I'm creating a custom install of Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 using Ubuntu-Builder, and I'm simply trying to have a program start up right on boot. I do not want the ...
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14.04 to 14.10, cannot find term, or other applications

Updated from 14.04 to 14.10 last night in an attempt to get Netflix to run in Chrome -- That was successful. However any applications that I did not already pin to the launcher or have short cut for ...
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Upon log in, will not fully boot

Clean install of ubuntu 14.04... upon first boot, all is well. No problems to report. On the 2nd log in, is where trouble begins. Sometimes (no particular pattern), the computer will get to the log in ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 freezes a lot

I have a desktop with Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity, fresh install about a year ago. Details: Intel Core i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz × 4, 4Gb RAM, 2 Tb HD, 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS Kernel: 3.5.0-54-generic ...
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gtk-launch desktop file with arguments

I have a .desktop file with following Exec-line Exec = python script.py %u however, when I do gtk-launch test.desktop /home/user the argument /home/user is not passed to script.py Why? Or is there ...
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How do I make the panel background invisible in Kubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I hope I am not wrong by asking a Kubuntu question. Previously there was a desktop theme called Bare Naked. It is my favorite, but no longer is available. Is there a way to make the panel ...
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I want to try out an alternative DE on 14.04 but am skeptical [closed]

Unity is good and fine, and does it's job (my machine running Ubuntu is simply my personal computer, no programming or anything being done) but sometimes it leaves a little to be desired. I have ...
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Enable Firewall in Ubuntu

Hi I am running apache server in my desktop which does contain security issues so I want to enable How to enable firewall in Ubuntu 14.04.
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Unity Webapp broken in 14.04

I run a steampunk writing/social network site Citizens Of Antiford and the unity integration works in 13.10, but not in 14.04 Steps: Go to site See integration popup Click 'Yes' In 13.10: The ...
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Trackpad Mouse click not responsive

After trying for a while finally managed to run Ubuntu on my Acer D255 e, using seagate external HDD. All is working fine apart from mouse. Although trackpad allow me to select program and open ...
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Can not use Wacom Intuos CTL-480 and Touch Tablet on Ubuntu?

I am extremely new to Linux and just recently downloaded Ubuntu to my Chromebook. I really need to install my Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch tablet but the system can not recognize it. I have already ...
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system settings won't start

When I run unity-control-center from the terminal, I get: libGL error: failed to load driver: swrast (unity-control-center:21776): Gdk-ERROR **: The program 'unity-control-center' received an X ...
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Why does zukimac theme look bad?

img: http://pointybracket.net/images/zukitabs.png Why do the outlines around tabs in this Zukimac theme look so bad? I used this theme in Ubuntu 13.10 and it was fine, but since I've updated to ...
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Ubuntu boot hangs

I'm using Ubuntu LTS12.04 and I'm having a serious issue. When I boot my computer, the Ubuntu starting screen (with the 5 dots) is loading, the dots are filling but then the process hangs (the 5 dots ...
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How to create a desktop entry for an application located in the user space?

I compiled the latest QGIS sources into user space ~/bin/qgis. I can start the application from the command line running ~/bin/qgis/bin/qgis. Now I want to have application launcher entry. So I copied ...
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Fonts messed up after installing Kubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 14.04

I decided I wanted to try Kubuntu since I had some difficulties with the Unity desktop. I do not remember exactly the command(s) I run, but I think I used sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop. Now the ...
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Xampp installation on Ubuntu 14.04

04 & want to install lampp but don't know how to install it. Can I get some help in installing lampp on my Ubuntu.
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How do i switch to Unity from Xmonad

Im a real noob with computers and installed accidentally Xmonad, without knowning that it was code-based. How can i switch back to unity?
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ChrUbuntu hangs after login, can't login via command line

I'm using ChrUbuntu on my Acer C720, Ubuntu 14.04. Everything worked fine untill I rebooted the Chromebook after installing some apps. Now, when I login, the Unity launcher and the top panel are ...
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Strange icon in Unity top menu bar after installing KDE

After installing Kubuntu (I am using Ubuntu 14.04), it seems that a lot of fonts disappeared and a strange icon appeared in the top menu bar in Unity. I think it is the keyboard layout icon that has ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Launcher icons corrupted

I have my launcher icons corrupted. Some of them are shown as 'invisible' or dark. I have already tried unity --reset-icons unity --reset but both commands end up with some kind of no such file or ...