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after 11.10 update and compiz install, desktop vanished - only functional keys are ctrl-alt-del [closed]

Yesterday I updated from 10.04 to 11.10 and ended up with the Unity desktop. I was slowly getting the hang of it but wanted to make the launcher icons smaller. I installed Compiz per the help page, ...
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Why does my name show as [Invalid UTF-8]? [closed]

I just did an upgrade (from 10.10 -> 11.04 -> 11.10) and am trying to get everything figured out. I notice that when I log in, my name is [Invalid UTF-8]. Where is this coming from, and how can I ...
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How do I associate the correct icon for my login?

After upgrading to 11.10 from 11.04, the Unity launcher shows a question mark icon for libreoffice-calc. If I log in using Unity2D or log into the guest account (2D or 3D), the correct icon appears. ...
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How do I make Unity 3D work on my Dell D2400 desktop?

On my 11.10-running desktop, Unity 2d seems to work, Unity 3d does not. I ran a test, and here is what I got. Not software rendered: no Not blacklisted: no GLX fbconfig: ...
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How to stop excessive memory usage of unity-window-decorator? [closed]

I am using Ubuntu 11.04 on an AMD64 computer. When I boot the computer the memory usage of unity-window-decorator is few tens of MB (checked with System Monitor)c After many hours using Google Chrome, ...
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Blue “gap” behind the Unity launcher button? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the blue triangle on the home button for? I regularly have a gap in the upper-left corner of the button for the Unity launcher. It is almost like a beveling of ...
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Unity or Gnome 3. What's more stable to be used?

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 and I am still a newbee in Ubuntu. Ubuntu gives me trouble with Some Apps like - Skype, Vuzu and kGet. So I tried Gnome 2 but it's not much attractive. I wanted to know ...
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Strange invisible window causing 'dead zone' in Unity

I have a very strange problem. Every so often a strange window will appear on the screen - well, I say "appear", but it can't be seen. I know it's there though. It creates a sort of 'dead zone' on the ...
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How to change the about:config shortcut in unity?

how can i change it to Gunity ?
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Close windows with middle click in preview pane (SUPER-W)

I am using 11.04 with Unity. When I press SUPER-W, the previews of open windows align on the screen. If I click one of them, it attains focus. I used to have this enabled as a Compiz plugin in ccsm ...
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NVIDIA Geforce Go 7300 automatically removed from blacklist when problems are solved?

Just a short question: Will we get an in formation when the issue with NVIDIA Geforce Go 7300 is fixed, resp. will the card removed automatically from the blacklist during the bugfix-update? Thank ...
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Where can I find out what features are getting added to the Dash?

I'm curious what features are coming down the pipe for the new Dash feature in Unity. Where should I be looking for a blog or RSS to follow? In particular, I'm wondering if they are going to add ...
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How comes I can't use Unity with the propietary nVidia driver for my Geforce 410M?

I've got a 2nd generation Intel i5 processor with integrated graphics. In live usb mode, Ubuntu uses this one and Unity works fine. After installation with automatical updates and 3rd party software ...
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How can I make the Quark music player work in Unity?

When I start (strange-)Quark in Natty nothing happens, it doesn't appear in the upper panel next to the network, so I can't use it. How can I fix it? http://hsgg.github.com/quark/ The worst ...
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move main menu from top panel to top of the window? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Unity support disabling the global application menu? Is there a way to move program's main menu (The one that says File, Settings, Help, ....) from the top panel ...
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Kill the notification area so I can use the awn-notification-area?

This is what I get when I try to start an awn-notification-area applet in Unity: There is already another notification area running on this screen! Please remove the existing notification area ...
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LiveCD no Unity in VirtualBox

I have started the Natty beta 1 ISO as a "Try Ubuntu" in a VirtualBox VM. When it starts up there appears to be only the desktop and an "Examples" folder available - no Unity or anything. Is this ...
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How can I get the Unity interface to work on my netbook?

I have 10.10 installed on my netbook, but the Unity interface that came with it does not seem to work. The top and side bar are missing and several graphical menus don't work. I have tried updating my ...
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Is Unity already preinstalled inside ubuntu netbook edition?

is it Unity already preinstalled inside ubuntu netbook edition?
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Installed Unity on my desktop PC and it is very laggy and annoying

I just installed Ubuntu Unity on my desktop PC and it is very lag and annoying! Any ideas?
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Bash script cannot run with keyboard shortcut

I have this script in my /home/username/ And I can run it via terminal with the following code ./script.sh or sh script.sh it works (it has executable permissions) but I cannot assign it to a ...
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Is there any Auto-scroll focus in Ubuntu?

In Windows 10, there is a nice new behavior with the scrolling: When you start to scroll on a window who aren't focus, window acquire the focus and scroll automatically. In the previous Window and ...
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Will 16.04 Unity 7 improvements be available in 14.04

I was wondering if the Unity 7 improvements made in 16.04 will be available in 14.04?
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Unity3d Chromium Embedded Framework permissions

After installing the latest version of Unity3d by command-line in Ubuntu (14.04 of 15), you have this error: Chromium Embedded Framework requires that the file '/opt/Unity/Editor/chrome-sandbox' is ...
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How can I dock a specific System Settings as an icon to the Unity launcher?

I need to access my sound settings frequently and thus would like to add a direct shortcut icon to the sound settings to the Unity launcher. Is there any way to achieve this? Unity launcher: ...
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Why does “apt-get autoremove” removes packages that are still used by programms?

I mostly install my software via apt-get. From time to time apt-get tells me to use autoremove to install "unused packages". But it removes for example webapps-common which is used by the ubuntu ...
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Changing from Unity to Gnome3 on 14.04 LTS [closed]

I just installed Gnome 3 and all is working but should I also remove Unity if I will not be using it? I dont want to burden the Ubuntu servers by downloading Unity updates
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Using a .desktop entry for a Virtualbox VM to launch from Unity launcher still opens Virtualbox

I have two VMs with Virtualbox. I create for each a .desktop entry like so: [Desktop Entry] Name=My VM Comment= Exec=VBoxManage startvm 'My VM Name' Icon=/home/myuser/VirtualBox VMs/my-vm-icon.png ...
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how to kill a lightdm window without losing the session?

My laptop was locked (showing lightdm unlock screen), and the battery went off overnight. When I charged it up again there is the lightdm or gnome window asking me the session-end question "user, you ...
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Add Show Desktop Option to Gnome Pie

There is no default option for this. I have tried binding an icon to keyboard shortcut super+d but this only works occasionally. Is there a command I can have the icon run that would show desktop?
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Downloading wine-x64 when opening Software Center

Whenever I open Ubuntu Software Center or the "About my computer", the program seems to freeze and a small Window pops up saying "Downloading wine-x64-unity3d-installer (7MiB)" It takes about a ...
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How to automatically raise an application, started by a user defined shortcut

I created a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Alt+C, for gnome-calculator. This works fine, but if another application is currently running, the Calculator gets opened behind the other application. How to make ...
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Unity Launcher Crashes Computer When I have 2 instances of same program

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on a Dell XPS 13 laptop straight from Dell. They installed Ubuntu. I have a problem whenever I have multiple windows of the same application open. Say I have 2 terminal windows or ...
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Adding an item to right-click menu on window

I have some problems with my firefox consuming too much resources on my system when I have a lot of tabs open. Nocsript addon and such helps somewhat, so most of the time that is ok. But, when I am ...
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Nautilus launcher icon no longer contains Places and Bookmarks on right-click (14.04.02)

I had nautilus crash (apport caught it, so I guess I can still locate the logs if it might help) the other day, and afterwards the icon on the side launcher opened a new 'identical' nautilus icon ...
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How do I fix desktop size? (see image)

I tried installing kubuntu-desktop for RDP. However it changed my Unity desktop a bit and I didn't know it was loading masses of other apps. So I removed it and it left the desktop changes ...
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Shell script to remove unity launcher(if present in Ubuntu 14.04 ) and/or the xfce panel (in the case of xubuntu)

Just want shell script to remove unity launcher(if present in Ubuntu 14.04 ) and/or the xfce panel (in the case of xubuntu). If anybody has idea about the same then please let me know. Thanks
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How do I finish installing Ubuntu after it froze? [closed]

I was installing Ubuntu and I got to setting a username. I typed in a username then I tried typing a password but it froze. So I x'ed out the terminal and restarted my computer (HP Chromebook 14). ...
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What process is responsible for media keys in Unity?

I want to use my media keys when using i3wm. When I am using Unity, all media keys work. When I use i3 none of my keys work even though they are detected properly by xev, so I assume there is some ...
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Weird scaling issues in Unity after installing Cinnamon

I'm using Unity on my Dell XPS 13 2015 but wanted to switch to the latest version of cinnamon. Therefore I added the corresponding repositories and installed cinnamon. After changing the desktop ...
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how to remove any changes made by compiz?

I had ubuntu 14.04 with unity desktop. Then i downloaded and used compiz but messed up and now unity desktop is not usable. I dont see the menu on top or the panel on left side. Neither is the CLI ...
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How can I open a menu with a shortcut key if no shortcut key exists for the menu?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to open/drop-down the sound menu/indicator, in order e.g. to see the currently playing song? If not, how could I set one?
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Minecraft icon not showing properly in launcher?

Here is my problem: the Minecraft icon in the Unity launcher is inconsistent with the icon theme, even though the icon theme has a minecraft icon in it. The theme I am using is Numix-Circle and I am ...
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How can I get chrome to stop opening up in incognito? even after purging and reinstalling fresh

I tried opening new tab(non-incognito) and then locking that to the lancher. Then unlocking the first icon, But then the second icon just opens incognito tab by default. Even though I have not made ...
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Why after install VirtualBox my terminal and software center remove

I installed VirtualBox-4.3.26 and after install unity is broken and Launcher and terminal are removed along with Software Center? My windows panel is not showing , for example my windows does not ...
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how to download unity 7.3?

I just noticed that Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) ships unity 7.3 and it looks promising because of the transparent top bar thingy. I want it on my Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS because I don't want to install ...
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Is there any way to get the Ubuntu tablet interface on an Intel powered 2-in-1 machine?

My specific device is a Sony Vaio Duo 13, which is a slider model (the keyboard doesn't detach, it simply slides under the screen to make a tablet). The processor is an Intel Haswell Core i5-- only ...
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Lost my Unity sidebar / dock

I did a quite drastic removal of packages from my Ubuntu, and seem to have lost the sidebar / dock in Unity. The desktop icons are still there and work, but there's no way to launch applications from ...
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Disable Clutter (Top and Sidebar) on external Monitor

I want to user my Ubuntu computer during a show. I will have 3 Outputs connected, 1 for my program list, 1 for preview and one for my live output. I want to avoid that on the live output will be an ...
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Super+Tab switcher shortcut Unity Tweak Tool

How can I set <Super>+<Tab> to be my shortcut for the window switcher? I have tried using Unity Tweak Tool but I cannot get the Tab key to register as part of a shortcut. ...