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Problem with adding google calendars in Evolution - “Forbidden”

I'm trying to set up my Google calendars on Evolution. When I add my gmail account it correctly imports the main calendar. However, when I try to add additional calendars I run into problems. If I do ...
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Nautilus not showing window buttons anymore?

So look at this. That is basically my problem. The file operations bar has it's top left buttons, nautilus no longer has them, I have NO idea why. Here's hoping one of you cool cats knows why. Thanks! ...
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gnome-screenshot problem with color depth 8, any change to generate screenshots 32 color depth?

$ gnome-screenshot -f test.png $ identify test.png test.png PNG 1920x1080 1920x1080+0+0 8-bit DirectClass 275KB 0.000u 0:00.000 $ xwininfo -root | grep Depth Depth: 24 It generates 8-bit images, ...
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Restore original LightDM Greeter preinstalled with Ubuntu 14.10

When I login to ubuntu, I get a menu in the top right corner to load Ubuntu environment. This means that the lightdm greeter is corrupt. I tried to locate the lightdm.conf but I can't find it and ...
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Trying to recover data from Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop - can't get into Unity

I have 3.5 year old Lenovo Thinkpad w/ an i5 running Windows 7 and previously Ubuntu 10.04, each on it's own 50/50 partition of a 500GB HDD. I rarely use this laptop because the battery is pretty much ...
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How to replace Unity with Gnome3 in Ubuntu 14.04?

I want to replace Unity with Gnome3 in Ubuntu 14.04, I know there is a version Gnome Ubuntu but i prefer not having to reinstall Ubuntu. I guess I just must add repositories of gnome, update and ...
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How do I call gnome-session-quit with countdown from Unity?

To be able to shutdown with a keyboard shortcut we can assign gnome-session-quit ---power-off to a custom shortcut. In Unity this will lead to the following dialog: Then we need another at least ...
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I uninstalled unity and my desktop went away, then reinstalled it and now sidebar and the top menu bar is missing

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' So after losing the sidebar and the menu bar I went to tty, reinstalled unity by using: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get install ...
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Black screen with fglrx-updates (14.10)

The way was long and painfull until here, but... You will see The story: I wanted to upgrade my Laptop from Ubuntu 14.04 to 14.10. After applying the update I remembered the situation I was in: I had ...
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How can I make my mouse middle click act like the space bar?

I want to (temporarily) make it so that clicking the middle mouse button of my 3-button mouse act like the spacebar on the keyboard. Is there anyway to do this easily? I would only do it for using ...
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How to keep search value in unity dashboard during changing lenses?

If I go to the unity dashboard and search for something, the search value is not available on other lenses.
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Black screen with Unity launcher and dash after startup

I see this after doing sudo shutdown -r previously. Looks like compiz/unity is broken for some reason. I also tried to rm -rf ~/.cache ~/.config and reinstalled unity, didn't take any effect. By ...
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Text Rendering Problem in Ubuntu and all derivatives [closed]

i have an issue with text rendering in ubuntu 14.04.1, 14.10 and all its derivatives... here is picture of my issue: It happens in all Desktop Environments. I'm using AMD R9 270X with open source ...
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Hotcorners keep being disabled

It bugs me a lot that one of the best features of unity; hotcorners, are disabled by default. I use Unity Tweak Tool to activate hotcorners, with the upper left corner activating the workspace ...
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Drag/drop and right-click not working on Surface Pro 3 touch screen

I have a Surface Pro 3 on which I've recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 (dual-booting with Windows 8.1), running Cinnamon. The touchscreen mostly works great, except for two things: 1) clicking and ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.01 - Unity Tweak Tool doesn't change theme and font settings

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.01 in a VirtualBox machine and Unity Tweak Tool works perfectly, everything. However, after installing Ubuntu in a spare drive (not a virtual machine), Unity Tweak Tool doesn't ...
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Change content of list in app indicator made using cappind

I made a simple indicator using cappind script which is based on zenity - Webupd8 article Capind page I want to change the text of the list according to some condition.. Like, if the contents are - ...
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Ubuntu Live: Disable Keyboard Shortcut Overlay on first boot

I am working on an Ubuntu 14.04 Live system. On every boot it displays the same "Keyboard Shortcuts" overlay that is shown when you press the Super key for two seconds. This is a nice feature for ...
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Menu bar has disappeared 14.10 - nvidia

I had some issues on upgrade 14.04->14.10 that others have reported with nvidia drivers failing to update, but it was working fine. I just rebooted and the menu bar is missing, there are desktop ...
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2nd Monitor not displaying anything with Multiple X Screens

Specs: Unity Nvidia Quadro K2200 - 340.46 Drivers Multi-Monitor: ASUS P287Q (4K main, DP 1.2) and Generic Lenovo Thinkvision 1600x1200 monitor (DVI) Since I have different DPIs on both screens, I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 freeze on Lenovo thinkpad x230, Samsung SSD 840EVO

I recently installed an mSATA disk (Samsung SSD 840EVO) on my Thinkpad x230 and then installed Ubuntu 14.04. It seemed to work fine but then froze completely after showing a system error message. ...
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Turn the webpage's parallax background into a wallpaper? [closed]

http://terraria.org/about Is it possible? I think it would loom really cool, but I have absolutely no clue how to go about it.
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Disable the Keyboard Shortcuts overlay

I am automatically provisioning many fresh Ubuntu 14.04 installs and would like to know how to disable the Keyboard Shortcuts overlay from the command line?
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black and white vertical lines in ubuntu 14.04

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 64bit yesterday in my PC. But today, desktop turned into striped lines many times and I had nothing to do except pressing the power button on CPU. Don't know why ...
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How to recover Ubuntu from bad Gnome remove?

Recently installed gnome-shell over Ubuntu, but it wasn't really as I rembered it so tried to go back. Followed a set of recommended steps here on AskUbuntu, mainly from this and followed the last ...
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compizconfig-settings-manager: command not found

When I start compizconfig-settings-manager, I get the message command not found, but apt-get says that it is installed. Searching for the reason, I found that compizconfig-settings-manager was ...
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Is friends app not supported in ubuntu 14.10?

I was using friends app till I updated to 14.10.I used to get notifications, Since I updated the feeds are not getting updated and I am not getting any notification from the app. Is it not supported? ...
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Screens keep freezing since update to 14.04 [closed]

Ever since I updated to Ubuntu 14.04, a lot of software doesn't work. Either when I start it, they already crash, not showing the screen and just giving me a little arrow in the Unity taskbar. I can ...
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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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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 ...