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How to install desktop environments such as kubuntu and gnome safely

Help! Last time I tried to install desktop environments I broke Unity! I want some variety, but I am too scared! I don't want to reinstall ubuntu again! Please help! I want to install extra ...
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Virtualbox 3D acceleration doesn't work with Ubuntu 12.04

I'm running 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04 as Virtualbox guest, host is Windows 7 64 bit. Ubuntu works slowly if I disable 3D acceleration in Virtualbox and painfully slowly if I enable it. I have followed ...
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Ubuntu doesn't support Seamless Mode in VirtualBox

Partially related to this question... I have Ubuntu 14.04 in a VM running on my Windows host. When I enter seamless mode, nothing happens at all. Nothing Ubuntu is on my screen. How do I properly use ...
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Video glitch, dashed horizontal lines, on Intel graphics

Can someone account for the dashed horizontal lines in my window screenshot below? Are these details sufficient? I run Ubuntu 14.04.1. The video on this ThinkPad T530 is Intel i915 (OpenGL renderer ...
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Unity doesn't start and reconfiguration fails

I have a problem with unity that took me one day to approximatively solve. Approximatively means that it is not convenient and I need to fully fix the problem. I have bought a viper computer. I ...
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Global smooth scrolling

Mac has native smooth scrolling (animation when you scroll something). I really like that thing. Is there a way to enable smooth scrolling, globally, in Ubuntu? When I say globally I mean, enable it ...
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Way to disable launcher-popups without installing new software?

I'd like to disable the pop-up that appears when I move my mouse over a Launcher-Icon. The popups always cover up stuff I'm trying to look at. In this screenshot, I want to disable the popup that ...
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How to enable sticky windows?

I remember some desktops had a sticky windows feature, where windows close to eachother would snap together at their border and 'stick'. How can this be enabled in Ubuntu?
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Workspace stays fixed on external monitor, Ubuntu 14.04

My laptop is connected to two external monitors. When I switch workspaces, only the main monitor will switch, and the second monitor will stay fixed. Since I want to switch between several task, each ...
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How to automaticlly select application when switching workspace

When I use the short cut Ctrl-Alt-Arrow it switches the workspace but the application that is open isn't selected, so then I have to do ALT Tab to select the last application I was last using in the ...
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Searching in Dash

What are the characters which the Dash search uses to split filenames into words? I mean, if you have a file some random.txt, the dash will show if you enter either 'some' or 'random'. But what if I ...
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Unity not working. No panels nor file menus. (Can't register object 'org.gnome.Shell' yet as we don't have a connection, waiting for it…)

Pastebin file http://pastebin.com/UTeLDG3v Thing is i get errors like these. WARN 2014-06-17 15:59:45 unity.glib.dbus.server GLibDBusServer.cpp:579 Can't register object 'org.gnome.Shell' yet as ...
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Using Alt keys for switching workplaces doens't take priority over context menus in 14.04

Maybe I'm missing a configuration somewhere, but setting the same Alt + h keyboard shortcut for switching workplace left doesn't function in the same way as it did in my 12.04 setup. It used to be ...
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Unable to change to native resolution

Using Ubuntu 14.04, I am unable to change my monitors resolution to its highest native supported resolution: 1920x1080. It is instead stuck on 1024x768. After booting, and after LightDM first starts, ...
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A file is cursed for the Dash

I have a system where the Dash in Unity works as expected, but there is one specific file that. does not show up in the Dash home even after being just accessed if I search it in the dash home it ...
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Unity Doesn't Load On 14.04

I have already tried many different solutions. Running unity from tty1 does not make unity appear int tty7 (the graphics one). Running unity from a terminal inside of tty7 causes the screen to flash ...
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Xilinx ISE Unity Launcher

I am trying to create a Unity launcher for Xilinx ISE 14.7 in Ubuntu 14.04. Here's what I have done so far: I installed Xilinx ISE 14.7 to ~/username Created a run_ise.sh script with the following ...
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How to edit the text that appears on the Unity login screen?

I was previously using Ubuntu 13.04 and had done PostgreSQL Advanced Server installation which edited my Unity login screen to include its title. I've since uninstalled that proprietary version of ...
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After upgrade no GUI

I am new to Ubuntu. I recently received a 'hand me down' machine at work, and decided to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04.1, in the hopes of solving some problems I was having. The upgrade started fine, but ...
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Make Scale / Window Picker preserve relative window positions?

When I use the Scale feature in Ubuntu 14.04, the miniature versions of the windows are not in the same relative positions on the screen as the actual windows. Suppose, for example, that I have 2 ...
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No applications found in the Dash Home

Running 12.04: When I go to the Dash Home, it shows no applications, anywhere, including the Applications lens. I would include a screenshot, but I apparently need at least 10 reputation in order to ...
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dash doesn't show askubuntu search results on 14.04

Unfortunatly I get no search results from askubuntu, although it should be integrated in unity-scope-home. Could anybody explain how to reconfigure the dash to get it working? I tried reinstalling ...
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Please help install an Ubuntu desktop

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 base system on my IBM Thinkpad labtop. Then I installed the gnome-shell using apt-get, but it does not work: I have the error message "cannot open X windows manager". I ...
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Separate icons for Chrome and Hangouts in Unity

Is there a way to have separate icons for Chrome and Hangouts in Unity? All my Chrome windows and Hangouts chats are combined under the Chrome icon. I swear I've seen them separate before, but I ...
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Desktop Switcher Tweaks

I tried searching for this question but couldn't find a suitable answer and I have to leave for work. I would like my desktop to allow me to go to Desktop Switch mode and then continue to gain access ...
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CompizConfig Problems

I have installed CompizConfig on my computer and configured it to what I want. I'm using Cube with wallpaper enabled and four different wallpaper for each side of the cube. Everything works fine ...
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Nothing starts after login, only background is shown (Ubuntu 14.04)

(Don't mark as duplicate, nothing helps from other answers!) After Ubuntu 14.04 log in screen, whether I log into Gnome or Unity, only desktop background shows up. Nothing starts. I can't even run ...
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What should I see in an unity8-desktop-session-mir session?

I decided to install unity8-desktop-session-mir and give it a try. After logging into the Unity 8 desktop session I was presented with a black screen and a larger-than-normal mouse cursor. Nothing ...
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How to get different text scaling for different displays?

I have a laptop with a fairly high resolution on a small display (14"). My external monitor 27" has a lower resolution than the laptop display. I would like for the text to be similar size on both ...
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How to set subl:// protocol handler with Unity?

My web app generates clickable URLs like the following when an error occurs: subl://open?url=file://%2Fusr%2Flocal%2Fwebenginex%2Fclass%2Fmodels%2Fwxclient.php&line=123 When I click it I get ...
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Eclipse has two icons on unity launcher when I only want one

I recently upgraded to Eclipse Luna and since then I've had trouble launching it from the Unity Launcher. I've modified my old .desktop file located in ~/.local/share/applications, then added it to my ...
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How do I get the folder hierarchy on the same bar as my window controls(max, min, close)?

In this image the controls for the apps (play, pause, folder hierarchy and the like. NOT file, edit, window, help etc...) are on the same "bar" as the the little traffic light window controls, the ...
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Why the context menu isn't like the launcher menu everywhere? [closed]

I don't think I'm the only only one to think that context menu from the launcher is quite sexy! So why isn't the whole system's interface like that? The context menu elsewhere is pretty normal ...
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Change title bar's color on focus in Compiz

When the focus is gained by a window, I want title bar of this active window to be red, opacity of inactive windows to be decreased. (solution for KDE) Are these possible on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with ...
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Firefox unity app

I have a problem with Firefox unity apps. If I click on the dash and start Gmail, Live mail, Facebook or I guess any of them, I have limited functionality of browser, right click doesn't work, ...
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14.04 :: Troubles after waking from suspend

I am having issues with suspending my Acer Aspire 5739G running Ubuntu 14.04. I have tried suspending using different methods - pm-suspend, from GUI, from Keyboard shortcut - but my system still ...
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Thin line between window decoration and launcher

I did not notice until I recently changed my wallpaper, but there seems to be a thin line (maybe 1 pixel) between the unity launcher and a maximized window (see attached screenshot). This problem ...
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create application shortcut on the desktop

I tried to create an application shortcut to my desktop. I am unable to move the icon to the desktop like windows does. Do I need do code or configure to have my application on the desktop? Your help ...
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How do I make a Chromium application shortcut that works properly while not on the desktop?

This question is more related to Unity than Chromium itself. When I make an application shortcut, the .desktop file works but when I move it to another folder like /Documents/webapps, then lock it to ...
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How to disable program switching (alt+tab equivalent) with the mouse?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and want to stop programs switching (equivalent of alt+tab) in response to mouse gestures. Right now it happens all the time when I use the mouse, I'm not even sure what ...
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Signatures Invalid and Problem with MergeList error

So, whenever I try to update repos recently (via apt-get), I get something like this: Reading package lists... Error! W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty Release: The following signatures ...
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Is there a generic solution for reactivating a window that has been “minimized to tray”?

I have written a script that responds to a keyboard shortcut by, if it is not already open, execute the Spotify application. If Spotify is already opened, the script uses xdotool to activate the ...
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Disable new keyboard shortcut for Show Desktop

After a recent upgrade of 14.04, an icon "Show Desktop" appeared in my launcher bar. I removed it with Unity Tweak Tool. A new keyboard shortcut was also setup: Super+D now also shows the desktop. ...
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Lubuntu-Desktop not working on Ubuntu 14.04

I recently decided to install LXDE on my Ubuntu 14.04 (it's not a fresh installation, however it's quite recent). I wanted to use mainly Unity and use LXDE sometimes when I needed higher performance. ...
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Ubuntu unity 14.04 built-in display can't be turned off

My resolution is messed up, but the built-in display cannot be turned off and I cannot adjust it, in fact not even get to see all settings below. I checked if my SIS video card driver is properly ...
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Ubutu 14.04 menubar issue [duplicate]

I choose option show the menus in the window's title bar. It works probably if I run an app in normal way, mean click on icon to open. But when I open it in terminal with root permission, the menu ...
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Issues with my File manager - Files [duplicate]

While a window of the File manager is opened, on clicking the files icon, in Unity, should open the minimised screen. But Files application opens another new Window. This is reaally annoying as I end ...
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Wine Systray Not working on Unity Ubutnu 14.04

The problem is that the wine systray is not working in my unity desktop on ubuntu 14.04, any other apps for ubuntu (Skype, Steam-ubuntu version-, transmission) they work fine, just the Wine systray is ...
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Missing menu bar 14.04

I have been using Ubuntu 14.04 for some time without problems. However my menu bar has just disappeared and I cannot access any applications. My wallpaper and documents on the desktop appear and when ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - Lightdm and Unity optimal configuration

What I'm using: SonyVaio Vpcef2e1e (with 4GB RAM and Ati mobility radeon™ hd 4250) In the old days I never had issue with the graphics. I had to fight sometimes to add drivers to the graphic ...