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Unity gone after upgrading kernel

I recently got an automatic software update where I was alerted that there was insufficient space on /boot. Attempting to purge old kernel versions following this answer, I accidentally removed also ...
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How do I Prevent the file manager from opening when I click to open a file from outside the file manager

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with awn and synapse installed and unity disabled. Whenever I search for a file on synapse and try to open it from there or from any other location, like a quick launcher from ...
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Acer W500 touchscreen events

I have very strange behavior of my touchscreen In gnome shell or unity I am unable to click with it on unity panel or gnome shell interface. But i can iteract with gtk+ windows, if i open gnome shell ...
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Ubuntu automatically logs in as gdm how do I stop this?

Not sure what I did but as of this morning ubuntu on my imac has been auto logging in as gdm. I've tried the following remedies reinstall lightdm and ubuntu-desktop delete auto-login and set ...
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how to install KDE icon theme in ubuntu? (ROSA Icons)

I recently got the great ROSA icon theme from the ROSA repo, I extracted the archive and put it into the .icons folder, under KDE I can select the icons no problem, but under unity using gnome tweak ...
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How to resize Ubuntu partition with unallocated space w/GParted & LiveCD

I currently have one hard drive with 3 partitions and 2 partitions of unallocated space. I am dual booting Windows 7 (1 partition) and another partition for Ubuntu 12.04. I'm using Gparted and ...
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How to hide top menubar bar. Needed for the wine

Ubuntu unity use top bar like MAC. Nice. But, how to get the top bar hide? Im using Wine or Playonlinux program. And im using virtual desktop in my screen. Big problem is a virtual desktop not fit ...
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Why does unity freeze randomly? [duplicate]

I've been running Ubuntu 12.04 for a while now with no problems. Overall, the only kind of instability I've had is that the system will occasionally lock up completely under prolonged full cpu usage. ...
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Unable to install Unity Revamped (ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped)

I intend to use a forked version of unity (ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped) over the original one. The problem I'm facing is that the forked version is 5.18.0-0ubuntu1 and the original one is ...
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Custom Unity Quicklists not working after upgrade to 12.10

In the popular question What Custom Launchers and Unity Quicklists are available? are listed a lot of launchers with custom quicklists for Unity, that worked for Ubuntu old release, included 12.04. ...
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Add launcher of type Location to Unity application launcher

I would like to open a specific file directly from the launcher. I have created a launcher (myFile.desktop) of type Location, which works like a charm when on the Desktop. I moved it to ...
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First time Ubuntu user/install. I get desktop / mouse. Nothing else, problem with unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Unity doesn’t load, no Launcher, no Dash appears I installed fresh (replaced Windows). I checked the "Update" and "Third-party" checkboxes during install. Everything ...
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No option for changing launcher placement in Settings -> Display

Few days ago I encountered a problem with dual-monitor configuration in Ubuntu - unwanted launcher bar on second monitor. The problem was reported here several times before. The solution for that is ...
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How to enable 3D acceleration with Nvidia GT 555m?

I have a Dell XPS 17 (3D) laptop that comes with Nvidia GT 555M. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my laptop (not side-by-side to Windows, but as an application inside Windows using Wubi). I installed ...
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How to implicitly raise windows under Unity?

I open System Settings. Then I do something else and thus hide the System Settings window. I forget that I have left System Settings open. Now I again try to open System Settings, but it does not ...
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Why does the screen refuse to lock after I installed LXDE?

I have a computer, I think it's running GNOME (it's running whatever the default is; I have the Unity panel,) and I installed LXDE for use on another user, but after installing LXDE, it will no ...
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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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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 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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Run tasks after requesting a shut down

I have a small internet cafe with 7-9 Ubuntu 12.04 workstations. Unfortunately, I can't be there every week. I've seen a Java solution to upgrade the system, after a normal (non-sudo/admin) user ...
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How to customize Unity Launcher's background

In this question I do not want to customize the launcher for each workspace, or change the animations or behaviors of the icons. I only want to change how the background of the Launcher looks. Let me ...
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How to remove individual Unity Webapps' items from message indicator?

In first days of trying Ubuntu 12.10 I installed a bunch of unity webapps like Launchpad, Twitter, Facebook, LinkdIn, etc. Recently I found some of them useless and removed the related ...
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Force All Windows To Open At A Set Resolution ('width x height' pixels)

Is it possible to force all application windows to open at a specific resolution (i.e. a set specific size like 1280x720 pixels)?
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Display glitches running ATI propietary driver under Ubuntu 12.10

I have a lot of problems with the Ati propietary driver (fglrx). I have an iMac (mid 2011) with a Radeon HD 6900M [1002:6720]. I did not have any problem under Ubuntu 12.04, but since I updated to ...
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Ubuntu 12.04: Unity stuck in 2D. Compiz crashes

I have been trying to get Unity to work in 3D and hardware wise there should be no problem. I have the 310.14 NVIDIA driver and am using a GTX660-Ti card. Output of: unity --replace Checking if ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Unity & Gnome Shell problems

I'm experiencing some problems since I decided to upgrade Ubuntu to 12.10 version two days ago. Firstly, I cannot select the Unity environment I previously used on 12.04 without opening the terminal ...
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Focus follows mouse stops working when opening window from launcher and no click to focus

This is 12.04 default desktop (unity). I set it to focus follows mouse, and changed the menus to be on the window. This worked for a while, then some unknown even, maybe an upgrade maybe some other ...
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How well does an Nvidia 9800 work with Unity?

Hi I looked at upgrading to 12.10 today, and got the warning that my graphics hardware may not be fully supported. I'm using an HP Pavilion dv5000 laptop with a Nvidia 9800 graphics card. Has ...
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Stop unity from being used in VNC sessions

If I do not want the unity launcher to be used in VNC sessions (:2, :3, :4, etc.) is there a way to force all my VNC sessions to be gnome classic? I log into my system (12.04) using the "gnome ...
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Installed nvidia driver, activated it, and now Unity is gone. No bars, menus, nothing

I installed the nvidia driver (installed the ubuntu-x-swat ones, updated them, got the updates for them, installed bumblebee. I restarted everytime I did those steps, so no, i don't simply need to ...
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How to remove global menu from Chromium, Firefox?

sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmen or sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt. I have used this command to remove the global menu in all installs of Unity. ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Crashing Compiz/Unity (not Nvidia related) [closed]

I've upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10 and compiz and/or unity are constantly crashing rendering my computer useless (no top bar, no dash, no window decorations). I have just discovered that when I login ...
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Installing/Setting themes information very confusing

I'm finding very conflicting/confusing info about how to install and change desktop themes with Unity. Where to extract files, which program to use to change themes, etc. I'm new to ubuntu and using ...
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How to specify 'root' in path in text file

I'm following this tutorial located here on how to create a launcher for eclipse in unity. Everything is going pretty well so far, I've managed to successfully create the launcher but when I click on ...
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Lower Unity's resource usage on Ubuntu 12.10

I had Ubuntu 12.04 on my PC and I was happy with Unity 2D. I used 2D because my PC is not powerful enough to run 3D. Now, I have installed Ubuntu 12.10, and it does not have Unity 2D. I installed ...
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Are the default keyboard shortcuts changeable and does the shortcut help change accordingly

Are the keyboard shortcuts shown in the image changeable with a GUI or Terminal way and does the Keyboard Shortcut help (The one that appears when you hold the SUPER hey) show the updated keyboard ...
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Unity menus don't display properly

Posted this a while back on the Ubuntu forums, but never got a reply, and I still haven't found a way to fix it myself. I just upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10. Or some reason, menus (File, Edit, ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 Unity wont start when I activate Xinerama with 6 screens

I have 2 video cards. 1X HD7850 (main video card) 1X HD6450 I have installed the driver for ATI AMD Beta 12.11 from AMD website It works very good.. And than, I go in AMD Catalyst Control to ...
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Unity is broken after upgrading to 12.10 (Optimus laptop)

I upgraded to GNU/Linux Ubuntu 12.10 but have been unable to use Unity properly afterwards. Indeed, I encountered the exact same problem as a lot of people: the Unity side and top bars are not ...
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The dash home button icon is an unexpected colour since upgrading. Why?

Simple question. My dash home icon is yellow since upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10, even after a reboot. It looks weird to me. Anyone know why?
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Web Apps don't show up in launcher or messaging menu

I upgraded to 12.10 and I'm excited to use the web apps feature but it's not working! I did everything by the book: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webapps/preview sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get ...
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How do you keep Unity Panel while using Cairo-Dock on 12.10?

On Ubuntu 12.04 I was able to keep unity panel (the thing at the top of the screen with the time, log out options, wireless connectivity, battery power details, etc) while not keeping the unity shell ...
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Picture lens doesn't find anything

I get Facebook results, but nothing from my computer. If I open a terminal and use 'locate' then I can find stuff, but the picture lens is empty. Note that my picture files are on an NTFS ...
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No results in Music lens! Music files appear in File lens!

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 Unity --- almost default install. About two weeks back I populated my Music folder with a lot of music files (mp3s). When I go to file lens (Super F), and search I get to ...
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How to change the location a shortcut is linked to?

I have 12.04, the initial user account name is google, then I changed the user name from google to linux. I move /home/google to /home/linuxand update the /etc/passwd file. But now, when I click the ...
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Unity 3d support for multiple X-screens

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 this weekend and have had problems getting Unity3d to work with my triple monitor set-up. I've installed the latest nVidia drivers for my 2 nVidia video cards and have ...
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How do I report a bug against Compiz?

When running GUI Unit Tests with Netbeans, I usually end up in a situation where Compiz reaches 100% of CPU usage. When that happens, Unity freezes completely, but I can connect to my computer ...
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Nautilus hides the window when launched

Okay. So I had no problems with Nautilus but then....BAM! It hides almost quarter of the window when launched. Managed to fix it by turning off wobbly windows. Don't understand. It worked perfectly ...
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Home folder quicklist not showing quicklist on right click unless it's open

This just started happening, I go to right click the home folder icon to get to my video folder, and it just says Open new window Home Folder Unlock from launcher But when I click on the home ...