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Unity interface Close/Minimize/Maximize too small

I have Ubuntu 11 loaded on a tablet PC (no mouse or keyboard). The Close/Minimize/Maximize buttons are very small. They look good but are so small I can't always push them with my finger. I don't ...
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Switch to a different workspace while using a VM

I'm using Vmware Workstation 8 on an Ubuntu 11.10 host. Is there a way I can exclude certain inputs from going to the virtual machine and instead direct those inputs to the host? Ideally what I'd ...
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Can't get Unity 3D to work in 11.10

I recently upgraded to 11.10 on my Lenovo ThinkPad T520, and I'm not able to load Unity 3D (I'm not selecting 2D at login menu either). me@mycomp:~$ echo $DESKTOP_SESSION ubuntu-2d I ran the ...
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Sound broken after installing updates - no hardware present, but some programs play sound [closed]

My problem: sound has been working great for 2-3 months until 2 days ago, when I installed some recommended updates. After reboot I've got the following issues: cannot control master volume through ...
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Hotkey for placing two windows

Oftentimes it is desirable to let two windows each consume exactly half of the screen. I want to do this with emacs and the terminal so that I can look up C documentation while coding. How could I ...
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Slow window movement with unity on AMD 6950

I am new to Ubuntu and I like it. I have some issues with the window movement performance (in Unity). My PC has a AMD Phenom X4 955 processor, 4 GB ram and AMD HD 6950 graphics card. So its not that ...
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CCSM broke my Unity 3D on 11.10

Ok. I wanted to see how 3D cube would look like with my 11.10, so I installed CCSM and turned on 3D cube and disabled expose (think that is what it is called). Then after that everything went ...
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starter looses symbol when added to the unity launcher

I have a starter which I would like to add to the launcher. When I move the starter from the dash to the launcher, it will be added but you cant see anything as the symbol of the starter is lost. The ...
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Why does the Unity dash lose focus?

The majority of the time, after logging in to Ubuntu 11.10 (64-bit), the Unity launcher seems to default to the wrong focus level. Instead of, for example, the dash always being on top of other ...
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unity won't run on my PC

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 netbook edition on my old pc, and it won't boot into the Unity interface. instead, it shows an error (something about my system being not good enough for Unity) - and boots ...
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How do I make lens filters work?

I have created an RSS feed lens based on unity-lens-python, but I cannot get the filters to work. I've also tried the original unity-lens-python and the filter does not work in that lens either. My ...
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Packet Tracer: problems with GUI usability and look

I have to use packet tracer a lot, and it is very difficult to use now. It hides windows behind the principal window (for example, a window from a router or a pc) and it looks horrible. What can I do? ...
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Nvidia - Graphics interface not loading at startup

When I start up Ubuntu (11.10), no graphical interface loads. This is the case both in normal and recovery mode. Instead I'm being presented with a console, logged as 'root@ubuntu'. From there I can ...
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Unity App Bar - Move open programs to the top?

Im finally using Unity in Ubuntu 11.10. (yay!) I notice when I have some apps open, be it a PDF file, a doc file, a not commonly used app program, etc they are at the bottom of my Unity bar. Is there ...
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Missing the empathy menu after upgrade to 11.10

Since I have upgraded to 11.10 the menu in empathy is gone. After clicking on Chat the Contact List window opens. But it has no menu. And there is no menu in the top desktop bar where the menu for ...
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How do I make my PC boot in to Lubuntu as default instead of Unity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins? I've installed the Lubuntu desktop on my Ubuntu 11.10 PC. My PC logs straight in to Ubuntu Unity without ...
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Is it possible to have both Desktop Cube and Unity?

I recently learned that few things in Compiz conflicts with Unity, hence Unity crashes when CCSM is installed. Is it possible by anyway, to have both? (I badly love both Unity Launcher and Desktop ...
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Dconf editor can't make changes to Unity panel/launcher

I've been trying to add stuff to the panel and to change the order of the icons in the launcher but there's no effect. It's like the changes aren't saved. I change something, close dconf editor, lock ...
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gnome-terminal and midnight-commander in different Unity Launcher's groups

I have a gnome-terminal icon and midnight-commander icon in launcher. When I press mc icon and then press gnome-terminal icon both applications add to the group of applications of mc icon. How can I ...
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Is it normal to not have desktop effects after installing on an Asus N53S?

I've just installed 11.10 and so far so great, except I just discovered (after looking at another installation) I'm missing some effects. First of all, I am using unity 3d (I chose ubuntu at the ...
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Unity account login without desktop environment

when i install GLX-Dock (Cairo-Dock with openGL) my unity desktop environment crashed and there is nothing except with the background image. i thought due to ccsm and also i had already install and ...
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How can I get rid of devices and mounted partitions in unity launcher?

The following used to work: gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Devices devices-option "Never" But after I reinstalled yesterday the devices-option key is gone and so it fails. dconf-editor only ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 is falling back to Unity 2D. How to get back to Unity 3D?

It happened some minutes ago when I plugged my secondary monitor and my graphical interface simply crashed. So I had to restart my session. Since the crash Ubuntu insists to use Unity2D fall back ...
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Why does play/pause shortcut not work?

When I would like to pause/play my radiotray application used the required shortcut the next window can been seen: How can I solve this problem? Sometimes the shortcut works, but I do not know why. ...
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I tried to reset unity got some strange output. What to do?

I ran: unity --reset And got: WARNING: Unity currently default profile, so switching to metacity while resetting the values (metacity:3086): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in ...
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Orphaned CD-RW symbol in the Unity bar

I have an orphaned CD-RW symbol in the Unity bar which does not disappear again. How could I get rid of it (it's Oneiric)?
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Can't do anything after moved launcher to bottom

I used this http://www.webupd8.org/2011/10/how-to-move-unity-launcher-to-bottom-of.html and when I restarted computer, launcher, panel and skype window showed for 1-2 seconds (launcher was on bottom) ...
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One of my user accounts logs in without desktop environment

When I log in to my main user account on Ubuntu 11.10 ,the desktop environment (unity bar, clock, volume control, etc.) is not there. All I have is the desktop background with a menu bar across the ...
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Expo edges not working in Unity?

Expo edge bindings and keyboard bindings don't work at all for me after upgrading to 11.10. They worked fine in 11.04. Now the only way I can get the expo view is via the Unity sidebar icon. ...
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Nautilus with panel in Unity and without in Gnome Shell [closed]

There are a few question with this topic but i gioit a new twist to it: I want the panel integration of nautilis in Unity but not in Gnome Shell. Background: I'm in state of evaluating Gnome Shell, ...
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Unity 3D not longer working after upgrade on a Ubuntu G560 [closed]

I've made progress identifying the problem. This is an intel driver problem. The latest ppa driver for xserver-xorg-video-intel ppa.8.2 has been reported to work. However attempting to use ...
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segmentation fault and xlib when starting hugin

when i'd like to start hugin i get this error message: benjy@W520:~$ hugin (hugin:6376): Gtk-WARNING **: Im Modulpfad »pixmap« konnte keine Themen-Engine gefunden werden, (hugin:6376): Gtk-WARNING ...
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Seperate X Screens with Unity and nvidia-current on 8600GTM

I used Lucid with gnome2 on this Laptop (Dell Vostro 1500, Nvidia 8600GT M, external Monitor via VGA with 1920x1080) and installed Oneiric because of using a SSD now. I used to have 2 seperate X ...
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Can I install the current version of Unity in an older version of Ubuntu?

Is it possible to install current version of unity of 11.10 in 10.10 as I'm fed up with the power issues of current kernel version and would like to revert back. If I revert back to previous kernel ...
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Stopping the Unity global menu from hijacking the menubar from my app

I'm developing an application for Ubuntu that (ab)uses the Gtk::MenuBar class to create a custom widget. It works fine on Gnome-Shell, but on Unity the widget gets hidden. I know I can disable the ...
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Always visible keyboard without other windows above or under it

I have a small touch-netbook with Ubuntu 11.10. I want to do either one of this (both solutions would be fine) configure onboard (or any other touch-keyboard) to always be at the bottom and no other ...
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How do you restore the last minimized application in Unity from the launcher?

I don't know if this is a bug or 'feature' (sadly hoping that it's the former) but when I minimize the last application, I cannot restore it just by clicking its launcher icon. This small screencap ...
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Netbook-sized Unity launcher for big screen desktops?

The netbook screenshots people post have much bigger dock and launcher icons (relatively) than desktops, like eight icons fill the dock. It'd be great to use this layout on big screens too, but ...
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Unity “Dash Home” icon completely missing

In 11.10 the icon for the "dash home" button is missing, the generic question mark icon shows. How do I fix this? It happened after I installed and uninstalled an icon theme in synaptic (Breathe).
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How to only place/size *first* matching window?

Using 11.04 with the Unity interface and Compiz 3D, via the CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm, not installed by default but very useful) I can use the "Place Windows" plug-in to set the default ...
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missing inhibit sleep applet for unity

I am looking for an INHIBIT SLEEP applet for Ubuntu 11.10 unity, to enable me watching movies on Google without having to move the mouse or change power management.
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Why is sysinfo reporting Gnome 2 rather than Gnome 3

After upgrading from 11.04 (N.N.) to 11.10 (O.O.), I have many problems. The first problem is that I was expecting Gnome to be updated to Gnome 3. However, sysinfo reports: Release: Ubuntu 11.10 ...
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Clicking Shutdown shuts down immediately instead of showing dialog. Cannot restart

In Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric (Unity), clicking on shutdown will immediately shut down the machine instead of prompting with Restart / Shutdown option dialog.
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Completely remove Unity and use gnome-shell instead [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you remove Unity? I really want to use Gnome-shell instead of Unity. But when i installed gnome-shell if found some interference from Unity in Gnome-shell ...
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How to recover the launcher?

I recently upgraded to 11.10 (what a mistake) and was using CompizConfig. Just clicking around in CompizConfig, my launcher disappeared. Rebooting doesn't help. unity --reset ends with ...
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Clicking on a mounted drive on the launcher doesn't open it

My external drive is mounted as /media/usr2 and is visible in the "dock". When I right-click it, "Open" is one of the options but it never opens. Why does "Open" not work?
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Why don't my icons change in Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Appearance does not change on switching the theme I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 and it has been a headache ever since. I have gnome-tweak-tools installed, CCSM is ...
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Can't enable Unity 2D

I've just installed Ubuntu 11.10 and have done a full update. I have found that standard Unity is just too much for my laptop, so I thought I should enable Unity 2D from the login menu. However, ...
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Just started using Unity from Ubuntu Classic. Missing Indicators

I just moved to Ubuntu Unity and found my Indicators missing (11.04) Also I have tried Installing Ubuntu 11.10 CLI (using Alternate CD), then install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop. I ...
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gVim dissapears when minimized and no way to maximize again

I am using gVim, installed using apt-get, and whenever I minimize the window it gets lost. The program is executing because I can see it in the monitor, but there is no way to bring back the editor. ...