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Why does Ubuntu 12.04 Unity suddenly blur text and images?

Today after a reboot, Ubuntu blurs text (well, anything that is rendered on screen) whenever focus changes or on any interactions with the desktop. Example: Normal good look: Blurred state: ...
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How to make Unity top panel semi-transparent?

How do I make the top bar on the screen semi-transparent, like the launcher on the left?
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Cannot set 'alt-a' as shorcut in system shorcuts

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 and I'm trying to set a hotkey alt-a, but the alt key highlights the menu bar and so when I press a it goes back to 'All Settings' and doesn't set the hotkey. How can I set ...
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I get a blank desktop with no icons , menu and bar [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn’t load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I setup the Ubuntu 12.10 for first time , when I login . desktop appear but there is no bar! there is no right click ...
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Youtube Unity Lens Returns No Results On 12.10

I'm having trouble with getting access to Youtube's content via the Unity lens. I thought it was my computer's proxy problem in general, however Wikipedia and Ask Ubuntu lenses both are able to ...
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Will using a less resource intensive DE on top of Ubuntu be as fast as a distro which uses that DE as default?

I'm asking because I find Unity to be slow on aged hardware which according to the system requirements should work fine (2.53 GHz Celeron, 2 GB RAM). So I want the support of the Ubuntu main release ...
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How can I enable Unity 3D with hybrid graphics Radeon 7970M?

When I log into Ubuntu 12.04, I don't get Unity 3D, even though I think I am seeing 3D acceleration at the login screen. I don't want to use the FGLRX drivers, the default one doesn't seem to work, ...
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Can't start unity from command line

For learning purposes, I'm trying to start my GUI (unity) on Ubuntu 12.04 from the command line. I've changed quiet splash in /etc/default/grub to text and I successfully booted into the command ...
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sudo apt-get remove unity

Just what sort of problems would doing the above command lead to. I have installed kde desktop and would like a pure kde DE. I understand theres kubuntu but I've done so much with this one now that ...
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How to add drive/partition-icon to the launcher?

My dualboot-system (win7 / ubuntu 12.04) has a ntfs-formatted partition called "/share" for files I use both in win7 and ubuntu (e.g. pictures, music etc.). I'd like to have a symbol of this drive in ...
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Custom 12.10 Panel [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I customize the Unity top panel? I've done quite a bit of research on this and don't believe it's possible but I figured I'd throw the question out there anyway ...
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Optimizing Unity 3D launcher

I had been using Synapse and Docky for launching application and finding files. I really love unity but I am seriously facing problem when I want it to appear quickly and search quickly application ...
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Unity does not appear after installing proprietary Nvidia drivers (GPU has fallen of the Bus / ACPI Failed)

Before starting I should mention that even though the title is similar to the following questions, is not the same problem and I have already tested the answers of this questions with no solution in ...
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Turning off screensaver in Unity after installing xubuntu-desktop 12.10

I'm on Ubuntu 12.10. I installed the xubuntu-desktop package to see if I would like it and determined I would prefer to keep using unity. Ever since I did that I've been running into certain issues ...
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Desktop broken: no launcher and no windows

Today my laptop (Lenovo thinkpad t530) stopped booting at 'checking battery state' or a similar message. Loging-in to the regular console (alt-ctrl-f1) was possible, and I figured maybe it is some ...
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Facebook webapp doesn't work

All my unity-webapps work with chromium, except for Facebook. It popped up the bar to ask me to install, I did, and the unity-webapps-facebookmessenger package was installed. However, it does not ...
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How to resize Unity Launcher Icons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I resize the Unity launcher? Ubuntu 12.04. I want to resize the icons in the launcher. As shown in this picture there is a resize tab and a restore defaults ...
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Why is Unity named Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the philosophy behind Unity’s name Something similar to this question. Why is Unity named Unity? What's the idea behind the name?
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Best way to configure poweroff keyboard shortcut

What's the best/right way to configure GNOME/Unity so that hitting ALT + F4 will Power Off the system when no more windows are open? (pop up the Power-Off dialog). (running Ubuntu 12.04.1)
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KDE theme appears in Unity, Cinnamon, and XFCE

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity, Cinnamon, XCFE, and KDE installed. Every time I run KDE, the KDE theme appears in all the applications when run on any of the other desktops. I'd really ...
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What distro of ubuntu to choose when I focus on performance? kubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lighter in CPU/Memory Usage: Lubuntu or Xubuntu I do have an old laptop. it has 512mb of ram and weak processor. I would like to use it only for internet(www and email). ...
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Tor Browser Bundle's version of Firefox [Tor Browser] is recognized as the main Firefox installation [Ubuntu 12.04]

Whenever I run the start-tor-browser script to run Tor-Browser-Bundle, the Unity3D launcher stacks it with the Firefox shortcut I have on there as if it's another window of Firefox, unlike before when ...
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Where is the Unity Dash officially defined?

I've updated the Unity article on Wikipedia and need a better reference from the source on the Dash. However, I can't seem to find any sort of official definition of just what exactly what the dash ...
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Anatomy and terminology of Unity - Dash, HUD, launcher and panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the right terminology for Unity’s UI elements? Just for reference for those who haven't installed Unity yet - what is the difference between these elements? ...
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How can I restore template functionality after having deleted the Templates folder in 12.10?

As many I deleted the Templates on a fresh install. I followed the instructions in the accepted answer of What is the templates folder in the home dir for? I am running 12.10 and the proposed solution ...
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Why does my Ubuntu 12.10 not look like examples in Ask Ubuntu?

What front-end/theme/etc. is shown on How do I install Skype? I am a rank novice and installed Ubuntu from the web (forgot the site). It runs fine, but examples I find in various support forums don't ...
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Claws mail: Filtering windows problem in Unity?

I have been informed, via the Claws mail users (e-mail) list, that the following issue may be Unity-related. Comments / ideas / suggestions? Thanks. Original question: Often when I am editing or ...
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Why are windows going to top left of the screen?

Recently I noticed all the new windows are popping up in the top left. This is annoying because the top bar blocks the title bar of the new window. See screenshot of Tunesviewer with Firefox, ...
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What is TargetEnvironment=Unity?

I have a pure Lubuntu 12.10 installation. While looking at some .desktop files in /usr/share/applications I see TargetEnvironment=Unity. One example is in the .desktop file for Google Chrome: ...
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How do I set up a default profile for new users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set up new users with skel I am building a new PC for my fiancee's family, and want to set it up so that some setting are defaulted when a new user account for ...
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Why is Unity a “slow” desktop environment?

Background First of all, this is not a question about opinions. I am assuming that we are talking about Unity 3D and on a computer with decent graphics configuration. By "desktop environment", I am ...
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Font messed up after kubuntu-desktop installed [duplicate]

I wanted to try kde, so I installed kubuntu-desktop, I didn't like it so I removed. That messed up my font configuration in Ubuntu. Firefox and menu bar are ok, however, the rest (Eclipse, ...
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How do I “stick” the “Terminal” window to Launcher a.k.a. Unity Panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add programs to the launcher? I am new to Linux and Ubuntu. By now I have discovered that I need to launch the Terminal window whenever I run programs. Hence I ...
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Are there linux distros running Unity by default, besides Ubuntu?

I read that OpenSuse ported Ubuntu's Unity desktop and made a repository, also available in Fedora and Arch. I was wondering if, besides Ubuntu, any other distro (or spin) is using Unity as default.
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Ubuntu desktop 12.10 64-bit, icons don't show

Recently I had problems with fglrx cause I have an ATI card, if I install the privative drivers from the Ubuntu repo, I get no Unity launch bar cause the drivers are not compatible with the new Xorg. ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 graphics or booting issue

Merry Christmas everyone. Yesterday I upgraded Ubuntu from 12.04 to 12.10. I have an Intel integrated graphic card. I know it's not compatible with the new version. Ubuntu warned me about it, but I ...
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What is Unity Panel?

Could someone point out to me what Unity Panel looks like? I am using version 12.10, 64 bit, US English.
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how do I make the unity launcher icons smaller [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I shrink the Unity launcher icons to make them smaller? I'm looking for a way to make my desktop icons (Unity launchbar) smaller. I installed ccsm and then tried ...
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My Unity bar is missing and I cannot log in [closed]

Hello I am running a dual boot of Vista and Ubuntu 12.04. I have been testing the open beta if the Steam gaming service. I ran into some issues installing it. But nothing crazy and it did work. I ...
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Unity (compiz) doesn't work with Xinerama and AMD GPUs

Using 2 AMD gpus to power 3 monitors, when I enable Xinerama and reboot Unity doesn't open. I am using the 12.11 beta drivers from ATI and 12.10 version of Ubuntu. Here is a log using the Unity ...
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How to change unity launch application to wiggle?

Is there any easy way to use the wiggle animation (which is used to indicate urgent program) as the animation for launching application instead of the pulsing way?
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Pidgin tray icon disappears after switching to full-screen application. Bug or…?

I'm not sure if anyone has the same problem. It can be a problem of my own system, as I didn't find any signs of it in Google, that's why I'm not sure if it's worth a bug report. Preconditions: ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 key bindings not working in IntelliJ Idea 12

I've installed the latest version of IntelliJ Idea Community Edition (12.0.1) and I have problems with key bindings there. I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Unity. None of them, where a letter is ...
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Flickering monitor connected by VGA to new System76

Setup: New System76 Lemur laptop running Ubuntu Unity 12.10 is connected via VGA cable to a new dell Ultrasharp u2312hm 23-inch monitor. Symptom: The Dell monitor has an annoying flicker, like ...
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Is there a way to extend Unity's window placement shortcuts?

In Unity there is the way of using Ctrl+Super+(left|right) to extend the current window eighter on left or right side. Is there any way to extend this so you can place it in top_left an bottom_left ? ...
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Is there a simple way to diagnose Unity performance issues?

The Unity Dash and HUD are slow to open, sometimes freezing the system for up to four seconds when I first hit the Alt or Super keys. Is there a simple way to find out where the time is going? The ...
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How to make sound output volume above 100% permanently

My sound level is very low on my laptop. To coup with it I regularly put it above 100% in sound output volume(SUV) to make things better: I wonder if there is solution to make my SUV 110% by ...
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Launch bar problem

Pls see the attached image, seem to me that I press a key combination that put numbers in my launch bar and not allow it to hide. How can I restore my default launch bar behavior and remove those ...
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Unity doesnt shows correctly after proprietary nvidia even after linux-headers-generic

I just reinstalled ubuntu 12.10 and cant get nvidia proprietary drivers to work properly in the unity dash.. Previously before formating i installed the linux-headers-generic tweak and it worked, but ...
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How are problems with the Unity Launcher debugged?

I easily added an Intellij IDEA launcher icon, and locked it (IDEA creates the .desktop file). Using the .local/share/applications/jetbrains-idea.desktop as an example it was easy to add another ...