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Is there a way to get bouncy cursor using Unity?

I have just realized that compiz doesn't have the option for a bouncing cursor (a cursor that will bounce whenever you access an application, like a busy cursor) as KDE does it. Is there a way to ...
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battery show percentage (and time if possible)

My battery has some broken cells making the battery drop from 60% straight down to 30% in a few seconds. This makes the estimated time remaining extremely unreliable for a full charge but the ...
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Can I add or change search tags in Unity's Dash

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 and I use two languages English and Russian. So i need to switch all the time to English to find and launch applications, for example Clementine. Is it possible that I set ...
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How can I upload to Ubuntu Wallpaper Contest?

Is there any other way to upload original content (wallpapers, pattern, etc.) to Ubuntu Design, without using the flickr contest...? Usually the contest were for Ubuntu, but the latest contest is ...
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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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Unity on 13.10: Ctrl + Alt resizes the window. How to disable this?

I run an almost fresh install Ubuntu 13.10 with Unity. As soon as I press Ctrl + Alt (on the left part of the keyboard), current window resizes to the size of 1 / 4 of the screen. How do I disable ...
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I have an invisible icon in my launcher

I created a desktop shortcut using this command: `gnome-desktop-item-edit –create-new ~/Desktop` Then I thought it would be a great idea to see if I can drag the icon onto the launcher. I tried ...
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Problems with AMD drivers. After logging in computer will not display unity interface

I recently built my first computer and installed Ubuntu since i am short on cash. For the last year I have been using ubuntu on my laptop, and have not had trouble with it. When I installed on my ...
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Any way to enable Google Drive search in dash without other online results?

As you probably know, ticking the "do not include online results" option in Security and Privacy prevents the Google Drive scope from returning results; unticking it opens the floodgates and provides ...
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No window decoration around nautilus windows in Ubuntu 13.10

I updated my Ubuntu and after window boarders for nautilus has been disappeared and the menu items that are on the unity top bar does not work. Menus are still there but you cannot click on them but ...
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Enable Wobbly Windows correctly

Whenever I want to enable the Wobbly Windows plugin in CCSM, it tells me the following: Plugin "Snapping Windows" provides the feature "edgeresistance", which is also provided by "Wobbly Windows". ...
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Some smart scopes not working

In addition to one of my questions here on this site, I discovered that a lot of my enabled smart scopes do not work in Ubuntu 13.10. For example Zotero, almost all music lenses except banshee etc... ...
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System-wide scaling of user interface in Ubuntu (13.10 x64 or any variant)? [duplicate]

Does Ubuntu contain a feature for system-wide (dpi) scaling which can scale the entire user interface while maintaining proportionality between interface elements? If not, can this be achieved? If ...
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Always show Clementine's controll buttons in indicator

When Rhythmbox is installed, it's control buttons are always shown in the sound indicator, even when the program isn't running. Now I've removed it and installed Clementine instead. In the indicator ...
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Can not login to Ubuntu 13.10 after reboot

For some reason on my System76 Bonobo, after a reboot, i try to login and I get a blinking cursor in the top left for a few seconds, than right back to the login screen. It SEEMS like lightdm crashes. ...
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Ubuntu+Gnome3 screen not dimming

I have an Ubuntu installation with Unity and Gnome3. When I log in using Unity, if the system is inactive for X minutes, the screen will dim. When using Gnome3 the screen never dims. Under ...
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Frequently slow interface on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04, .

About my system : Dual boot Window7/Ubuntu 12.10 RAM : 1 GB CPU : Intel® Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz × 2 OS type: 32 bit Disk : 50 GB Driver : VESA: Intel(r)915G/915GV/910GL Graphics Experience : ...
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GFX card crashed, dash slow, what can I do?

So, my graphics card (GeForce 550Ti) took a crap the other day, fan blades broke and flew off and yeah...a mess. Now my Ubuntu install is slower than hell. I click the icon or press super and the dash ...
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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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Turning composite off in Unity

(Note: this question is related to: Can't get 3D vision working , I'm creating a "sub-question" in case someone could be interested in composite but not about nvidia stuff). To make it short: I ...
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Mapping left ctrl+right ctrl to switch-windows

I'd like to add left ctrl+right ctrl to the switch-windows keybinding. Is there a way to distinguish between the left and right ctrl keys when typing that command? Maybe something like: gsettings set ...
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How to restore Unity Buttons style to default?

Trying to compile Ardour software I installed all the libraries required. During this process something messed up the buttons in Unity. Its very easy to see the problem in the Firefox panels buttons. ...
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Installed updates, now unity / compiz wont load

I just allowed Ubuntu (13.10) to update after being away from work since December. Now when I boot I get the normal login screen (everything looks fine here) but as soon as I log in I have no window ...
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File/Edit Unity Menu entries disabled (ubuntu 13.10)

I have a clean installation of Ubuntu 13.10 with unity desktop. When I open gnome-terminal (or any other app) the entries in File/Edit/View are all disabled by default; they are not clickable. It ...
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Add menu item to the Ubuntu Gear menu in 13.10 saucy

I want to insert a custom menu item which points to a script in the Gear "system" menu, say just after restart. If that's not possible then anywhere else on the menu. How can I do that ? I ...
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PCI or USB video card with Unity support for legacy computer

I was given an HP Pavillion 8756C from 1999 that I'm considering refurbishing for a friend's kid. It runs Ubuntu 13.10 and performance is actually pretty decent except for Unity. I'd like to get ...
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Can't start gnome-flashback or unity using Xvnc + XDMCP

I configured my Ubuntu 13.10 using this article on IBM's website. Now I can connect to LightDM, select user and enter password, but DE doesn't start. I can see the logged-in user using who command. ...
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KAlgebra load problem

I want use KAlgebra on Unity. But loading of this program waste more time and after approximately 10 minute it be loaded but on any operation it freeze again. CPU load is so high when it is trying to ...
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Built in keyboard not working properly 13.10

I have a really annoying problem with my keyboard. After upgrade to 13.10 the built in keyboard on my Lenovo W520 does not work as expected. Some times I cannot even input my password at login. What ...
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How to increase Unitys search timeout?

My laptop is not the fastest, especially when I'm running low on memory. This makes Unity timing out to soon when I try to start an application, for example. It just displays no results. How can I ...
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Desktop wall paper goes black, desktop is almost in accessible

I am not sure if installing Cinnamon desktop is causing the issue. But desktop wall paper becomes black,and system hangs(no such issue in W7 64 bit). Even from launcher some open application goes to ...
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When I try to create a drawer in 13.10 only an empy one is created

I know Drawers works fine in 12.04, but in my 13.10 box, drag & drop doesn't work anymore, only a empty entry is created in the drawer Utility when I drag & drop the System Settings to the ...
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Problem with shutdown/restart option

Whenever I try to shutdown/restart from the system tab, I am given the option to log out or lock and pressing them does nothing. shutting down from the terminal works fine using commands like ...
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Hourglass pointer launching a nemo quicklist sub-item from UnityLauncher

Running raring 13.04 I meet a strange behaviour (non-blocking). When I launch a home subfolder (e.g. Music) from the nemo launcher, the windows opens fine but I always get the hourglass pointer for ...
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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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after upgrade to 13.10 gnome-terminal is black with no decoration or text. How to fix? [duplicate]

All window decoration is black. However scroll bars, maximize, minimize and exit buttons are active if one can find them. Separately, in the case of gnome-terminal, all text, whether prompts, std ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 via xrdp keyboard layout cannot change

I have a virtually hosted ubuntu server 12.04 on which I installed Unity desktop. It all works fine except the only keyboard option I have is "US". This could be due to the fact that ubuntu server ...
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How To Get Dodge Windows And Minimize On Click For Unity In Ubuntu 13.10

I would like to have this on ubuntu 13.10 the solutions in this post http://www.webupd8.org/2012/05/how-to-get-dodge-windows-and-minimize.html doesnt'work actually. I install ccsm and the option is ...
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quicklist arrangement and tweaks

I'm setting up my site to use Unity's web-app integration api, but I would like more control over how the quick list is displayed. I would like to arrange the items in the same order the site shows ...
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Way to catch shutdown event in Unity, Ubuntu 13.04

I'm developing gui application (C++/Qt) and now search for correct(documented) termination way for application. Is there any documentation how Unity DE notifies gui applications to exit (some analog ...
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How can I regain my SSD Icon in the launcher?

I'm new to Ubuntu and Linux and as a matter of fact I just loaded Ubuntu onto my system! I own an Asus G75VW-DS72 and I upgraded my C drive to a Samsung Evo 1TB that has windows on it and I've loaded ...
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Preventing app windows from changing workspaces when screen resolution changes

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS I have a Dell laptop with resolution 1400x900 attached to an external monitor with resolution 1920x1080. When I attach to the external monitor I close the laptop lid and ...
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Ubuntu slow and laggy, HDD issue? [duplicate]

Dear fellow Ubuntu users, for two years now I've been using Ubuntu. Although I love the system, it's quality is going downhill, steeply. Every new update (12.10, 13.04, 13.10) the issues only seem to ...
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A working checkers/draughts?

I am trying to find an implementation of checkers/draughts that works. I did "sudo apt-get install kcheckers" and when I run it I get a window that I can't expand (so it works but just in a small ...
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How to simulate an “application launch” (executing a .desktop file) from a script? [duplicate]

This question relates back to separating the Tor Browser from Firefox in the Unity launcher (I assume it applies to other DE's as well). The original question is here. As part of my proposed solution ...
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Unity 2D/3D not working with Radeon 7000 (no panel, launcher, dash, etc.)

Problem: Neither Unity 3D nor 2D display the panel, launcher or dash (icons disappear as soon as I launch an application, but I can still hover and get a tooltip). I have tried removing and ...
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How can i get back dodge maximized windows function for Launcher in 13.10? [duplicate]

I still can't understand why the developers completely removed the function to let the Launcher dodge only maximized windows but is there a way to get this function back by tweaking dconf or so? this ...
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Fresh install of 13.10 - left with no dash nor apps - only blank magenta wallpaper

Regarding recently installed ubuntu desktop 13.10 (40gb HDD and plenty RAM) as a fresh install on an appropriately partitioned HDD. My problem is that once installed everything is blank: no dash, no ...
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Log out or Shutdown using Unity

I want to log out, restart, shutdown, or what else with Unity, pressing "Super" and typing "log out" or something. Is it possible?
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Switching windows - type name of Window

In emacs it is possible to switch buffers by typing Ctrl-X B and you can start typing the name of another buffer, and as you type you can auto-complete the name of buffers which match what you have ...