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Touchegg 14.04 unity confusion

So I have been trying to get touchegg to work for a while now, but I am not great with the basics of Linux. I followed this post, but to create the launchers I followed this one. Now I don't know how ...
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Desktop icons not appearing

I am fairly new to Ubuntu ( I have been using it for about a week and a half). I am using 14.04 LTS 64-bit. I immediately installed a bunch of apps. Everything was working well. I tried out a couple ...
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Has anyone had any success with scaling in certain applications? I feel like i need a magnifying glass [duplicate]

I've been using linux on my Yoga 2 Pro, which has a resolution of 3200x1800. I've managed to scale the ui via the settings and unity tweak tool, but i still cant seam to figure an easy fix for ...
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Themes and Icons changed: can't change back

Today, all of a sudden, my theme and my icons reset to the default style. The funny thing is, this didn’t happen everywhere. The icons in System Settings are as they were before; the Unity Launchbar ...
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Battery icon on top-right takes a long while to come after switching from Unity to GNOME Desktop

I've recently switched from unity to ubuntu-gnome-desktop on my inspiron laptop running 14.04 LTS. After I reconfigured gdm as primary display manager and logged into the new desktop, I faced two ...
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How to prevent launcher flashing after clicking it and before a window opens or timeout?

When I click a Unity launcher icon, it will flash until a window opens or until a timeout is reached. Also the mouse cursor changes to the spinning circle. While it is flashing, further clicks on the ...
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unity --version > ImportError: No module named glib

When I execute the command unity --version as shown below, I am getting an error. The Version is Ubuntu 15.10 alex@xc1706:~$ unity --version Traceback (most recent call last): File ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 not detecting 2nd screen

I have been trying to solve this problem for around 2 months and have seen pretty much every possible solution on this site and everywhere else with no success . Im running ubuntu 12.04 with intel ...
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Is it possible to restore traditional full-width scrollbars (15.10)

Ever since the hateful and buggy "overlay scrollbars" appeared, I disabled them and used "normal" scrollbars, so I am glad the overlay ones are finally gone in 15.10. However, I don't like the new ...
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Frozen login screen after suspend

After suspending my computer, I sometimes encounter a login screen that is frozen. The mouse can be moved, but I cannot interact with anything such as the passcode field. This happens on my HP ...
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Add custom application media controls in unity panel volume control

I wrote a small bash application that allows me to control the music streamed from my phone to my PC via bluetooth, and I would like to know how to add a Rhythmbox like widget in Unity panel's volume ...
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How Ubuntu UI is better/easier than Lubuntu?

I am a web developer coming from a Windows environment. I recently decided to switch to Linux to enjoy better shell scripting and to be able to use certain Linux only tools. I chose Lubuntu ...
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How to minimize window using the unity toolbar?

I click on the unity panel (on the icon) and the window is maximized. Now if I click again...or right click, the window doesnt get minimized. Is this a normal behaviour? If there are more than 1 ...
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Comma sign is not typeable anymore

I can't type comma sign today though I could do it yesterday. It just doesn't appear in any gui app or terminal. I can catch it with xev - it appears not to be hardware problem: Not sure if it's ...
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Unity fails to start session [after removing gnome]

EDIT : I can login through tty but GUI session is failing to start. Most answers on the net recommend installing gnome again. I don't want to do that if there is a more logical solution. This is an ...
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close/minimize/maximize controls of windows absent , ctrl +alt +T not working, dash and launcher absent post resizing system partition

I am running ubuntu 14.04 LTS My Terminal & Unity are not working. When login i see my ctr+alt+T is not working, login screen bland, no dash, no launcher. However i am able to run GUI ...
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How do I remove all traces that Ubuntu Tweak was ever there? - revised

I have an image hovering in my lock-screen that I can't remove. I think I put it there with Ubuntu-tweak but I have already uninstalled it. Any ideas on how to remove it? I really hope this is the ...
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How to create launch or desktop icon for Matlab 2015a

I have installed Matlab 2015a on my Ubuntu 14.04. I have installed Matlab 2015a on the default path it offered me. which is /usr/local/MATLAB/MATLAB_Production_Server/R2015a to run matlab I need ...
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How to revoke this hideous theme & get old launcher back?

I turned on my computer expecting it to appear and function as it normally does, seeing as I did NOT approve any kind of updates, changes or revisions to any software installed on it since it's last ...
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Can't mount devices

Let me explain. First my PC did freeze after I logged in, so i did have to reinstall unityconfig-tools and enable unity plugin. If I doesn't run "unity" command the screen won't change. Now I can use ...
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Change system icons on Ubuntu 15.10 [closed]

I want to fix system icons theme of my Ubuntu. I have started with Kubuntu, and I recently installed Unity meta-package to use Unity (But I want to keep KDE). I've noticed that system icons (e.g. ...
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Save workspace settings for Chrome apps

I use several different Chrome apps, including Hangouts and Pure Pomodoro, and I've got them set up with their own application icons and everything. Unfortunately, every time I open the apps, the ...
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different launchers for Firefox versions

I'm trying to run a legacy copy of Firefox alongside the latest greatest Firefox. This works fine, I have two launchers like so in my .local/share/applications folder: [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 ...
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Set icon for applications run from Terminal - Ubuntu Gnome

I using Ubuntu Gnome 15 with Numix-circle icons, it's so great ! But I have an issue that some applications start from terminal commnand doesn't show correct Numix-circle icon in Dashbar (show below ...
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Minecraft launcher won't open

I have a problem with my minecraft launcher. I go and start up the launcher, then everything seems to be working right, but stays on the loading screen. This is what is says: enter image description ...
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Decorate or highlight a specific window

Are there any Unity or Compiz extensions that would allow me to highlight or decorate a specific window (from the window's title bar context menu)? The idea is that if there's some window that I'm ...
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How do I stop window migrating to different workspaces?

I am finding that several applications (firefox, open office, acrobat reader for examples) will move workspaces apparently of their own accord. I tried to stop this but using CCSM Window management to ...
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Lightdm Webkit Greeter, can't use it

I have Ubuntu 14.04, and ATI HD 7870, using fglrx-updates driver. I just installed lightdm-webkit-greeter to use some themes. However, to activated all the guides I saw said; change the: ...
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How to restore “DASH” button functionality

Don't know what I did to make this happen. My Dash icon was functioning properly now whenever I press the dash (or the super key) my desktop goes to the user log-in screen
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14.04 - Remote Desktop/Control to Headless Ubuntu Desktop

Apologies if this has been asked many times, but there seems to be a variety of options for remote desktop onto a headless machine running 14.04 LTS (Desktop) I don't have much experience with ...
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Clicking Minimize Apps to Maximize it in Unity Launcher with Mouse and Touchpad give the different Result

I want to ask something, I have already observed this strange behaviour since Ubuntu 13.04. I know I can Maximize Apps in Unity Launcher (which is opened and minimized) with Mouse Scroll Up. But ...
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How can I preserve the desktop's icon positions after reboot, on a dual monitor setup (Unity)?

I have a dual monitor setup running Unity on Ubuntu 14.04 Whenever I boot the machine, the system appears to forget the positions of my desktop icons on the right-side display (Connected via VGA). ...
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Disabling Sticky Edges on Ubuntu 14.04?

As the title suggests, I'd like to completely disable Sticky Edges from my set up. I have disabled the Sticky Edges in the system settings and played around with CCSM and Tweak Tool to change the ...
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Does Ubuntu work with 4K Laptops?

I am about to buy a 4K laptop and I would like to run Ubuntu 15.10 on it. I believe that shouldn't be a big problem. I'm sure I can adjust the text and the Unity UI just right. The thing is that I ...
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Why only three themes are available in Ubuntu 15.10

I am using Ubuntu 15.10 desktop version. In system Appearance setting I can see three themes installed viz. Ambiance, Radiance, and High Contrast. While under /usr/share/themes directory, I can see ...
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Compile Unity without launcher

I would like to modify unity to not show the launcher (left side bar) at all. I'm not looking for any solution that would let the launcher be in some cases visible. I really want it to completly ...
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How can I prevent an application window from opening in background?

On my Ubuntu 15.10 Rhythmbox frequently, but not always, opens its main window in the background when launching it through the Unity launcher icon (see below). How can I force this application to ...
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Hiding opened applications from unity launcher in ubuntu 14.04

I want to know if there is a way to hide the applications from the unity launcher. My requirement is that I want to display only the list of installed applications in a categorized manner which I have ...
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speed up the slow ubuntu machine

I am running a Ubuntu on intel core2duo with 2GB RAM. My machine is damn slow. My clock speed id : 1603.000 Desktop environment is Unity. What's the solution to make it function with a better ...
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Weird black boxes appearing on windows 14.4

This is probably one of the weirdest problems I have ever had in all my years of using linux. I recently installed Ubuntu into a chroot on my Chromebook, and installed a lot of software. Today, after ...
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installed applications (skype) not appearing on dash

I've recently started using Ubuntu and installed Skype from the main site. I'm able to open the app using the terminal but there seams to be no other way to open it. It's not appearing in the dash, ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 - installed GNOME but Unity is running instead

I'm running a 64-bit version of Ubuntu 15.10 and I wanted to switch to GNOME. I've followed the instructions included in this answer, everything seems to have been installed but after restarting ...
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Using the CCSM, is there a way to run Desktop Cube smoothly with Unity Desktop Manager?

I have tried several times in UBUNTU 15.10 to run the cool looking eye candy option of the Desktop Cube with small to catastrophic failures. Any advice? buxtor
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Why did Kubuntu Break Ubuntu's desktop theme on uninstall?

For some reason. After I uninstalled kubuntu. The file icon and wifi drop down menu of my default ubuntu theme is completely wrong. The colour of the backgrounds for it are wrong too. I don't know ...
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Change /usr/share permissions so I can add themes

I've searched these forums and so far no one has answered the question and if they did, it didn't work on my setup for some reason. I've tried using Unity tweak tool and others none have worked, All ...
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Linux launcher resetting to “default” programs, logging me out when I try to change

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 via virtual box on a Windows 7 OS, I had a blue screen last night which I think has corrupted a file to do with the partition perhaps. When I login the programs in the sidebar ...
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Software Application are not launching after change compizconfig settings manager

I unintentionally change some setting on compizconfig settings manager. Then I could not see the maximize, minimize and close buttons. After this i roll back my settings from this Unity doesn't ...
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Terminal snap resizing issue

I like having multiple terminal windows above having tabs, so I tile them up into separate corners. Now my question is if there's a way to fix these gaps that occur when snapping to corners. I'm ...
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Nautilus stuck in fullscreen

Today my nautilus started beeing stuck in fullscreen. Upon opening nautilus you will get the a full screen nautilus. F11 does not do anything and in the nautilus options is nothing to disable ...
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issue with sudo dpkg-reconfigure -a

ran sudo dpkg-reconfigure -a and it gave me the error below. please help update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated) /var/lib/dpkg/info/compiz.config: 1: ...