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What GUI toolkit will Ubuntu Unity use?

I develop some apps for GTK+ and so I use GNOME heavily. But what will be Unity's GUI toolkit?
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Force Alt + Tab switcher to display applications from active workspace

After upgrading to 11.10, the behavior of applications switcher (Alt + Tab) has changed. Now it displays applications across all workspaces. I have a lot of windows opened when working. I'm grouping ...
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How can I switch between gnome-shell and unity without logging off?

How can I switch between unity and gnome-shell without logging of my account. This will help me to switch between both anytime.
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Gnome-style notifications in Unity

I was looking for a way to get gnome style notifications in Unity. Or at least, if there´s a way of making the default Unity notifications interactive and clickable? As it is by default only a ...
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Why do some open applications appear as “question marks” in the Unity launcher?

I'm having a problem with a couple of programs that have launchers in unity but then create a separate icon after launched. Is is possible for the launcher to track the windows it spawns to organize ...
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Can I make the launcher Icons smaller than 32 pixels? [duplicate]

Why can't the "Launcher" Icons be made smaller? At the smallest setting, they are still 4 times bigger than they need to be on a 10" Netbook. The Icons in the "Top Panel" are much smaller and we users ...
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How do I script to open a set of programs each on specific workspace?

I looked around for a while and could not figure out the answer to my following problem: I have a setup of six desktops on Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity. On start up, every morning, I go through a routine ...
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Missing launcher after 12.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 and after doing some updates and such my application launcher and title bars (for window dialogues) are missing. Basically the entire Unity GUI is missing! Not ...
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Save Unity Desktop Session

Is there a way to save current session (the applications + the organization of windows in desktops) in Unity and load it when needed? I'm using 11.10.
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Change default guest session launcher applications?

Is it possible to change the default applications that appear on the Launcher for guest sessions? For example: Remove : Amazon webapp, Ubuntu One, System Options Add : Stellarium (Ubuntu 12.04 ...
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Hidden files are shown in Dash

I have several hidden files in a folder that are private and need to remain private. I do not mind people seeing what I do on my system but after I open one of these files I can find them through ...
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No Alt+F2 in Ubuntu Netbook 10.10?

I am stumped. I upgraded from 10.04 to 10.10 Beta 3 and for some reason I can't get Alt-F2 to do anything. Is this a known bug or am I just not doing the right thing?
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File / Application association using a custom command is gone?

In previous Ubuntus when you want to select/change an application to open a specific file (right-click/open with other application or properties) you were able to write a custom command to open the ...
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How can I remove the “Dash Home” icon from the Unity launcher?

My notebook has a widescreen display so vertical space is an absolute premium for me. When I installed Ubuntu 11.10 I was disappointed to see that a new icon confusingly named "Dash Home" had been ...
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How do I always show the launcher (i.e. disable the auto-hide functionality)? [closed]

When I upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, the setting remained. Now that I have done a clean install of 11.10, the CCSM option does NOT work anymore and I can't seem to find a solution. Also note that I am ...
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How do I change the desktop name on the Unity panel?

How do I change Ubuntu Desktop to XYZ's Desktop.
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Best Graphics Card For Ubuntu [closed]

I am trying to find a useable graphics card which has support for compiz and the unity interface.
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How to change the color of the scroll bar?

The scrollbars in Unity are of very low contrast, and I can't notice where the scroll bar bug is just with peripheral vision. I have to look at the scrollbar. With a very 22" monitor, 1920*1080, the ...
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How do I add Netbeans to the Unity launcher?

I have installed NetBeans 7.0 manually, because only 6.9 is available in Ubuntu Software Center. I tried to keep it in launcher, but after system restart it's gone. How can I permanently add it?
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How to create Unity indicators?

I'm interested in Unity indicators, and wonder if there is any tutorial about how to program them. I can use the sources of the existing ones as last resort, but I'd prefer a more friendly approach ...
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Way to automatically resize 2 windows to take up half of the screen

I am trying to figure out if it's possible to do the following(or rather bind this action to a hot key): If on a workspace I have 2 windows, I want to maximize each one vertically and resize them ...
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How to set a specific window size for all windows that open to default

I want my windows to be a specific size (not full screen) and to be in the middle of the screen by default. When I close the application and re-open it, it will be the dimensions I want it to be by ...
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Unity Clock Missing

I recently installed ubuntu 12.10 and it seems as though my clock is missing. I also don't see any options for date/time in the system settings panel. Am I missing something? Again this is with ...
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Project Hamster Time Traker, lack of Unity support

I used to use the hamster time tracker. It is a wonderful application, easy to use and simple. However, with the move to Unity, it does not work properly due to the lack of integration. Are there any ...
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Reset Unity and Gnome to default values [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset my Unity configuration? How do I reset GNOME to the defaults? Apparently I've messed up a lot with my Unity and Gnome 3 settings and now my system looks ...
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How can I tell what workspace I am in with Unity?

Long time user of Ubuntu struggling to use Unity here.... I am running Unity 2D and can click on the workspace launcher icon to switch to a different workspace. However if I just walk up to a system, ...
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How do I minimize all the windows using a keyboard shortcut?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to minimize all windows, like Super+M on Windows?
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Why is the dash so unresponsive, and is there a way to fix this? [duplicate]

I just upgraded to 12.04. When I press the super key to open the dash, there's a lag of 1-3 seconds before it displays, with no other programs running. (This is similar, but not identical, to the ...
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How do I make Unity remember which applications are in the launcher?

When i log out and then log in again, the applications shown in Unity launcher are the default applications, neither can i add an application nor can i hide a default application. How to make Unity ...
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How do I add a static quicklist that opens a web page?

I am working on creating Unity Launcher icons for web applications. Evolution comes with quicklists so you can compose, go to calendar, etc.: I want to replicate the same thing but for my gmail ...
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How to get Unity dash overlays maximized by default?

In Unity, if you open the applications dash or even if you just press the meta key to open the search dash, they always pop out with a default size of something looking 800x600ish. In the lower right ...
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What is the difference between Unity-2D and Unity-3D?

What is the difference between Unity-2D and Unity-3D? Would unity-2D be supported (updates, features) in the future version of ubuntu?
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Is libunity planning on including functions for Unity Lenses?

I am unclear on this, because I have heard mention of a proposed API for Unity Lenses, and such an API would be extremely useful for projects involving home automation. I am interested in ...
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How do I resolve slow and choppy performance in virtualbox?

Both, Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04 perform very slow when running in VirtualBox 4.2.12. How do I run Ubuntu with unity or enabled transparency smoothly with VirtualBox?
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How to “ungroup” windows from an icon on the launcher?

When I have more than one instance of a program running and I minimize all of them, they are grouped in a single icon on the launcher. For example, I'm chatting with three people on Emesene: Joe, Mary ...
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Will wine get intergration into Unity Dash? And if so, how?

Will Natty's Unity Dash have wine integration like the ubuntu-desktop session? It would be nice if it had it's own category for Wine (if installed).
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Adding a CPU monitor widget in the top corner like in Gnome2

I wonder if you can add a widget or something like it in the top corner (next to volume and WiFi and things like that) that displays current use of CPU and maybe RAM. I know you could add stuff like ...
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Why does my application behave differently with Unity?

I'm the newly appointed application maintainer for a program called "xlog". The program works fine in all but the Unity environment. It is written using Gtk2. I've never previously used Unity. ...
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Window focus confusion in unity

I like having focus prevention set to high, so that I don't have some stupid auto-launched app steal my typing in the middle of something else. Unfortunately, Unity keeps focus on the right window ...
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Will it be possible to run unity compiz in virtual box or another virtual machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I run Unity in a virtual machine? 11.04 comes with unity interface. I would like to test 11.04 without installing it on a hard drive. Will it be possible?
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How to use Unity's global menu in GNOME Shell, if possible?

I was woundering is the is a way/possibility to use Unity's global menu with GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 11.10? It would be really nice to have it. Does anyone have an idea on how to make this real?
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What customisation options are available for the new unity launcher?

I'm looking to understand what are the customisation options available for the unity launcher in 11.10. Is it possible to modify?: size of launcher, (smaller than 32 px? bigger than 64?) position ...
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Unity menu very slow and unresponsive

I have a HP G62 laptop with Intel Pentium processor and ATI graphics. Since upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10, my Unity menu is very slow and unresponsive. I am using proprietary driver for my graphics For ...
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Is there a Unity / Compiz shortcut key to move a window to your other monitor (not workspace)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard Sort of like CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+Arrow but only to my other monitor, not to a completely separate workspace.
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Can I make the global application menu show the full application title?

I've been using Ubuntu Netbook Edition as my main OS for a while now. I really like it, but I have one complaint. Whenever an application as a long title, it gets cut off. For example the terminal ...
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Force Unity to open any file with any program

When you drag a file to the Unity launcher, only the applications that are supposed to open that file will remain active, while all others become deactivated. Is it possible to configure Unity to ...
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How to prevent Java applications from creating tray icon?

With Ubuntu 13.04 the possibility to whitelist (and consequentely blacklist) certain applications from creating a tray icon is gone. Since then the tray icons of Java applications and Wine icons are ...
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Do not display user name in the panel

In Unity the user name is shown in the panel. Is is possible to make it so that it is not displayed? For example it would be nice if only the icon but not the user name were displayed.
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After upgrading to 13.04 Unity interface is not showing

I've upgraded to Raring last night. The upgrade itself went okay, no errors. But when I rebooted the computer afterwards and logged in to my Unity session, all I could see was the Desktop background ...
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How to access Skype in Unity?

I don't know how to access Skype in Ubuntu 11.10 because it gives me some error when I press the Skype icon on Unity launcher. Here is a screenshot. It's obvious that another instance of Skype is ...