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Screen locks after a few seconds

Ubuntu 14.04 locks my screen after a few second. I don't always have to log in after this happens. Most of the time I do. It's about every 20-30 seconds that I have to do this. I have tried to change ...
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How to restore Firefox download progress bar in Unity launcher?

Firefox used to be better integrated with Unity: when downloading it would show the number of files and a progress bar. This was achieved through the Unityfox add-on, but it no longer works and the ...
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Accented characters not rendering correctly on title bar in Ubuntu 14.04

So I've noticed this problem after I upgraded from Ubuntu 13.10 a few days back. I've noticed that whenever a window title is supposed to contain any accented character like "ï", the title bar ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 with gtx 670 slow window animations

I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on an i5 2500k, 8GB ram and gtx 670. The problem is that all the window animations are very slow. For example when trying to resize a window is like it will take hours to ...
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Ubuntu settings mess up after trying Kubuntu

I am trying Kubuntu on my computer, but then I come back again to Unity and when I do, configuration keeps some of KDE's settings: General window and indicator fonts are smaller and thinner; they're ...
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Pinch to zoom in Unity with touchscreen

Is there a way to enable pinch-to-zoom in Unity? It seems like mulititouch is supported with my touchscreen already: When I tip on a window with three fingers, I can move around the window. But when ...
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14.04 running slow in VirtualBox. Enabling 3D Acceleration caused OS to crash on login

I'm using VirtualBox on my computer at work, with Windows as the host OS and Ubuntu as the Guest. Ubuntu, inside of VB, is EXTREMELY slow. A quick google showed me this was a common problem with a ...
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Unity partially broken after installing GNOME

I recently installed GNOME on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but this appears to have damaged Unity such that I can't change the wallpaper in Unity, nor will the context menu appear when I right-click the desktop. ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 unity broken no launchbar menu bar

I tried installing nvidia 331.79 driver from xorg-edger ppa, but after installation the unity is broken that no launchbar and no menu bar. The login screen worked properly but right after I logged in ...
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Empty tooltips in MATLAB

I am running MATLAB R2013b. Under Unity, the built-in editor of MATLAB shows empty tooltips, as seen here: Under xfce the tooltips are showing up just fine. My system: Ubuntu 14.04, Intel i7 ...
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How to change Spread all windows animation speed?

I know using CCSM I can change the animation speeds of minimize window, open window, etc. But I can't find the section that lets me modify the animation speeds of 'spread all windows' (Super + W ...
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Firefox-like Global Menu Integration

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. The original Firefox integrate with Unity perfectly. I want to use Palemoon, but unfortunately, it has no integration with unity/global menu. I tried to look at the default ...
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Unable to change almost any configuration from my desktop

first, apologies for my english. Well, my problem is that if I can't change any configuration. some examples: 1-can't unlock any apps from the Launcher. 2-can't disable online searchs on the Dash. ...
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Ubuntu still shuts down after I plugged my charger in

On Kubuntu when my battery is dying and I plug my charger in, it says "All suspensions have been cancelled." On Ubuntu or more accurately, Unity-based distors, it still shuts down after plug in my ...
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Launcher labels have red background

I've recently migrated to Ubuntu from Windows 7 and it's been great so far. I have this one problem though that I cannot solve. On the right side of the screen where my icons/shortcuts (launcher) are, ...
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Broken unity after upgrading

This questions is closely related with previous questions asked here. But there are some differences. I was trying to upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04LS. While download the packages, the system hanged ...
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Unity launcher, dash and menu fonts are not anti-aliased

I am running Ubuntu 14.04. After installing Qt4 settings manager and tinkering with it (changing the font face for Qt apps) I notice that unity launcher, dash and menu and date indicator fonts are not ...
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Ubuntu Trusty Tahr runs slowly in Virtualbox, with 3D enabled

I installed the latest Ubuntu in the latest Virtualbox. It is slow: frames are visible in animations and the mouse flickers. This question is different from many others on the net that suggest ...
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ubuntu 14.04 64bit and vlc 2.1.4 screensaver keeps coming on

Greets All I have ubuntu 14.04 64bit running vlc 2.1.4, using unity desktop and xscreensaver installed from the software center. (Gnome screen-saver is not installed.) Whenever I play a video in ...
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Unity Scope to read XMP metadata from local files

I have seen various tutorials on writing Unity Scopes, including the one on developer.ubuntu.com However, they all appear to concentrate on scopes that download data from various web services. I am ...
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Implementing Unity Global Menu

I'm working on a desktop (like XFCE) as a private project, and I would like to implement the Unity Global Menu in my desktop using python. I've looked at the Dbusmenu API and even Unity's dbus ...
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cannot open ccsm

I uninstalled compiz, compizconfig-settings-manager and unity (sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove). Moreover I removed manually (sudo rm -rf) all folders connected with compiz: compiz and compizconfig ...
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KDE behaviour without using Kubuntu?

Is there a way of getting the KDE behaviour using Unity?. I mean the jumping Icons and everything but without installing KDE alongside Gnome or Unity.
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Settings and configurations are not saved on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I recently installed 12.04 LTS. Whenever I rearrange the launcher icons they reset to their initial order after a reboot. Also, although I can change the time and date settings, none of the changes ...
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Always show close, minimize, maxmize buttons

In Unity I have to mouse over the top-left to see the close, minimize, and maximize buttons. For some reason, this is really annoying to me. How can I make those buttons always visible? This ...
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Ubuntu 13.10: Bad application startup drawing (e.g., chromium)

I have always noticed a small graphical performance issue in my ten years experience with GNU/Linux. The problem is related to how applications are drawn when started. Typically, on my machine, when ...
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Strange theme after download

I downloaded CairoDock yesterday and since I rebooted my system it shows me this weird theme, with orange windows and little white borders around programs, also my icons are messed up, the top right ...
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Missing Unity Desktop /w SLiM Login Manager

Not too long ago I installed SLiM (Simple Login Manager) as my Login Manager for Ubuntu 13.04 just to give it a try out to replace the default Ubuntu Login Manager. After getting SLiM successfully ...
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Logging out from Ubuntu takes too long

When I first had only Unity as a desktop manager, I didn't need to log out so I'm not sure if this issue has been around before. I'm say so because It's important to know that I currently have Xfce ...
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Adding item to sound menu

I made a little Python app that posts the song I'm listening to on Twitter. I added its .desktop to the sound menu alright, but it shows up with the Prev - Play/Pause - Next controls (just like any ...
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Touchpad lost gestures and touchegg requres hack?

I've had some success getting my touchpad to be usable by configuring syclient (although it was surprising that this was necessary). Reading around I find that many gestures have been removed from ...
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Unity global menu options disabled for certain applications

I am using Ubuntu 13.10, and am also using the Gnome 3.10 staging, next, etc. ppas. I have Cinnamon, Gnome Shell and Unity environments installed. All the environments and applications work fine. ...
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Blank Screen upon login after installing openGL

I have an Inspiron N5010 running Ubuntu13.10 64b. It uses Intal HD Graphics (i.e. no ATI/Nvidia graphics card) I need a software that uses OpenGL, and I installed multiple packages using synaptic ...
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Add a persistent progress bar to launcher icon

I'm trying to write a script (python) to add a progress bar to an launcher icon. When I execute my script the icon changes, then my script exits and it changes right back. How do I change the icon in ...
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12.04 Unity - Windows Consistently Jump Behind Main Menu Bar

I have run a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and installed all the latest updates, and have not made any alterations to the interface. However I am presented with a persistent problem: When using ...
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DASH does not display the letter “C”

I saw a similar reference here but my issue is the letter "C". Up until yesterday, I did not have this issue. I have not installed any software or made hardware changes. I tried the solution from the ...
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make Ubuntu search by default in all categories?

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. Every time I want to search for something using the Super key, Unity has set its search category (filter) for videos (nothing else), although I chose the last times to look ...
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Unity Launcher resets on Reboot and Unity Tweak Tool no longer working

I have a new issue to report. As of this morning, on startup, my entire Ubuntu system looked a little different. What I discovered was that my Unity Launcher had reset to their primal defaults (i.e. ...
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Making title bars transparent in Unity isn't working

I've found this way to make title bars in Unity transparent: Open dconf-editor Navigate to org.compiz.gwd Modify metacity-theme-active-opacity and metacity-theme-inactive-opacity However, ths ...
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Fresh Ubuntu 13.10 install has slow unity animations with Haswell integrated graphics

I got a new PC with an i5-4570 that has an HD4600 integrated graphics card. (It also came with a discrete Radeon 7670 card which I disabled in the BIOS because it seem it is easier to get along with ...
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Display date/time in Ubuntu lock screen (cinnamon-like)

I was using Ubuntu 13.04 till a few days ago. I had installed Nemo and I guess cinnamon got installed too (I was still using Unity nonetheless). One of the good things about that was the lock screen ...
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Gnome extensions don't work! I've tried everything!

When I go to https://extensions.gnome.org/, and try to install an extension, it clicks on, but nothing happens to my shell. Then, when I reload the page, the slider has turned off. Here are the things ...
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Unity theme corrupted

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10. I have got a bug with my Ubuntu ambiance theme as seen on the picture. It caused many menus,buttons with gray color squares. How can I restore it.
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compiz errors when restarting unity

So I've been having problems with unity/compiz specifically 3 errors/warnings that I cannot get fixed: compiz(decor) - Warn: no default decoration found, placement will not be correct Error: ...
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Create a virtual reality environment : seek suggestions

Im running on a Oculus Rift Integrated OS. I am trying to gather information about how I would go about creating a virtual reality environment. Where a users actions through their control panel and ...
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High resolution Ubuntu?

This was posted some time ago, and I hadn't heard of progress in this area - was hi-res Gnome/Unity/KDE improved recently in 13.04/13.10? ...
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Desktop icons settings reset at every boot

I'm running Ubuntu 13.04, and I'm having problems with the desktop icons: after every boot desktop icon setting are reset and "computer", Home Folder and Trash icons are shown on the desktop. If I ...
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Is there a way to disable 4-finger unity gestures without compiling unity sources?

To date I could only find solutions that involve recompiling unity sources and avoiding updates, is there a way to disable 4-finger unity gestures without compiling unity sources? UPDATE I already ...
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Why are apps disappearing after I install them?

I am new to Ubuntu (and Linux in general). I installed Ubuntu 13.04 (after many installs of 12.04 and failed Office installs even though the web swears it's possible). I gave up on getting Office ...
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stop emacs server being killed on logout

I'd like to run an emacs server in the background and have it persist after logout. I do not want to start it a system service since it's not a system service. A more practical reason is that I'm not ...