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Ubuntu 13.04 and issues with gnome shell 3.8

Please suggest a very safe way to upgrade gnome to version 3.8.1 in Ubuntu 13.04 x86_64. I used gnome3 ppa, both stable and staging, did sudo update and sudo dist-upgrade, but finally found my Unity ...
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Can I change the contents of the SOUND icon in the tray?

I installed a number of music players to try them out. I noticed that several of them appear in the drop down menu when I click the sound icon in the tray. I would like to change which programs show ...
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Ubuntu being… not too fast?

Yeah I know there is enough of similar questions already - why ubuntu is slow and blah blah. But, seriously. I have pretty ok-ish specs - desktop PC with Intel i3 and 4 GB ram. When I'm on Windows I ...
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Can't use keybinds when desktop icons are hidden and there's no active window

Desktop icons: disabled No window active Action: press SUPER or any other key Result: nothing and Desktop icons: enabled No window active Action: press SUPER or any other key Result: opens ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 unity desktop not displaying once expanded across multiple displays and terminal is not working

It took a while for me to even find out how to spread my desktop across all 4 of my displays. I also managed to activate the ability to drag windows between desktops as well. Now only my login ...
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13.04 cssm tweak broke compiz and unity: How to recover [closed]

I was trying to setup my desktop with the right 270 pixels reserved for conky as mentioned here When I was tweaking the General Settings in cssm Unity reset itself and stopped responding to mouse ...
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PC does not restart after last kernel update

I was using ubuntu 12.04 perfectly im my desktop until last kernel update (3.2.0-51). After the update proccess and reboot the system, the unity inteface didn' t start. The only way to login in the ...
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Can't remove LibreOffice Writer from Launcher

I updated from LibreOffice 3.4 to 4.1. Then I uninstalled 3.4. The links to Libreoffice in the Launcher still worked, but I wanted to use the main LibreOffice icon instead of the individual app ...
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12.04- Help? Unlocking Computer

I uninstalled Cinnamon because I felt more comfortable with unity and when I close my lid, it goes into suspend ready for me to do my password to unlock the computer, now that cinnamon is gone, I get ...
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Wrong unity launcher icon get focused when using different versions of Eclipse

I installed Eclipse 3.8 via Software Center. (This will pin the Eclipse icon to launcher) Then I followed steps described here to install Eclipse 4.3 I also followed instructions here to create a ...
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Don't show a running application in the launcher (PyQt4) [duplicate]

I write an application that has an icon in the upper right corner in the notification area, so there is no need to put its icon in the launcher. But it is automatically put there. How do I disable ...
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Unity Global Menu Integration missing for some programs

First of All I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 and I don't remember this problem has ever been produced by the previous releases. Unity Global Menu Integration is missing not for all the applications but some ...
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Installing ubuntu 13.04 on VMWARE

I have installed ubuntu 13.04 on a virtual machine using vmware v7.0 the problem is that the display is very slow and after investigation I found that 3d unity is not supported. is there a way to ...
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USB devices do not appear in desktop or launcher (not automounted)

After a recent upgrade, the USB devices are not appearing in desktop or launcher. When plugged in, devices power up. lsusb shows this output, <truncated> Bus 001 Device 005: ID 174c:5106 ...
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Problems integrating unity login with Active Directory

I'm using winbind to authenticate against Active Directory. I've followed the example here: ...
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Where is the web app API documentation?

The API reference for Unity Web Apps seems to have disappeared. There's a link from http://developer.ubuntu.com/resources/platform/api/12-10/ to "Web developer documentation", but it's broken. Does ...
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Any way to make Unity completely 2D or get Unity 2D back in Ubuntu 13.04

I'm a big fan of the Unity desktop and i'd like to use it under Ubuntu 13.04. However my Linux systems are low end and old so I can't run it. I know there may have been many forums and questions ...
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How to make open programs in Unity launcher appear at the top of the list

I have lots of program launchers in Unity, using the whole height of the screen on the left side (as by default). If I open a program, which is NOT in the launcher, its icon will be located at the ...
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In Ubuntu 13.04, can I add more wallpapers to the collections Ubuntu already has?

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04, and I noticed there are several excellent wallpapers, but I'd wish to add my own in a sort of collection similar to those it has that have an auto-changing cappability. I tried ...
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ccsm/window rules/size rules: can window be maximized vertically?

I'd like to place any new emacs windows maximized vertically on the left half of the screen. The window rules plugin of Compiz aims to solve these kind of problems, but I don't see an option to do ...
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Restored systray sometimes disappears from screen [closed]

I use Unity with restored systray from timekiller repository. I had no problems with it until there was an update in proposed repository. I realized my mistake and downgraded it because it was really ...
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Why is my Unity missing after installing proprietary driver? [duplicate]

After installing the proprietary driver for my A10-5800k APU from the AMD website, Unity disappeared. To make things worse, I cannot input any key commands into the terminal (Can only copy/paste, but ...
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Unity WebApps installation Failure for Chromium

I am running Kubuntu 13.04 on an HP Pavillion Elite HPE 240f with a 64 bit AMD64 processor. It is a dual-boot configuration with Windows 8.1 Preview. I use Chromium as my default browser in Linux. On ...
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Google Chrome won't maximize when I drag it to the top edge

When I first start Google Chrome, I cannot maximize the window by dragging it to the top edge of my screen. The orange box showing me that the window should be maximized will come up, but when I ...
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Is a keyring necessary for programs to store passwords? [duplicate]

I just downloaded Ubuntu 13.04 earlier and was trying it out. At least I know you can surf all installed applications with the dash home if you click the icons at the bottom, you're not forced to ...
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Creating Shortcut for Feed the Beast/Minecraft

First off, I am very new to Ubuntu, and have installed 13.04 as my sole OS to force myself to try and learn a bit. However, I have run into an issue creating a Unity shortcut. I have tried to create ...
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Compiled programs in 13.04 missing icons in launch bar (defaults to question mark)

I use a custom compiled version of Wine and Minitube (no actual source changed, just compiled instead of installed from software centre), however for some reason their icons show up as grey question ...
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Where is the user's profile picture stored in Unity?

I'd like to be able to easily replace that picture without using the user interface, by simply copy/pasting it somewhere. So I'd like to know where it is. On a side note, I'm not 100% sure this is ...
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Screen rendering problems in Unity and Gnome 3 (Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit)

A friend who runs Ubuntu 12.04, 64-bit, experienced screen rendering problems after an update. Symptoms include: a) In Unity (3D), opening an application window in Desktop 1 opens it in Desktop 2. ...
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Matlab's icon instead of Android studio's icon is shown for android studio's project in Unity side panel

I'm have installed Matlab and Android Studio on Ubuntu 12.04.2. When I open Android project in Studio, Matlab's icon is shown for opened project instead of Android studio's icon in Unity side panel ...
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Version 12.04 and Unity upgrade

When Unity updates, is it possible to install it to 12.04? I've seen some howto's on this, but they don't seem to work for me. For instance, sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/ppa doesn't seem to ...
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how do I make alt-tab visually simpler?

Iḿ running ubuntu 13.04. I alt-tab between windows. I cannot tell which application will be switched to when I look at the screen. There is too much eye candy, too many glowing shiny bits and the ...
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Unity not working after Ubuntu 13.04 update

So I had recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit on a small home server, and after the most recent update check (July 5, 2013 is when I ran it) my machine will not load Unity and usually crashes ...
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QML button colors not working

I have followed the steps in here, and the app runs, but I am running into a little problem. The buttons for input and output are nigh invisible, as they use the same grey background color as the ...
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Unity is not responding to mouse clicks

I am using Ubuntu for 5 weeks now. Last night Ubuntu did not respond to mouse clicks. But movement works just fine. I thought this was because off my wireless mouse. So i plugged in a mouse with an ...
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Help - Compiz fails, no unity, Blank desktop after 13.04 upgrade [duplicate]

I was having Ubuntu 12.10 and then decided to upgrade to 13.10 using Software Updater. After upgrading, desktop is blank .i.e the unity taskbar, unity bar, etc.. is not showing up.... I installed ...
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Windows 7 Virtualbox guest in seamless mode has bottom clipped off in Ubuntu 13.04

I realise that this is a duplicate of this post but I was unable to comment on that one. I am able to replicate this issue on a fresh install of 13.04 I have tried installing the prop nvidia ...
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From where I'm getting programs in Unity launcher?

When I press Ubuntu button (former Windows button) on my keyboard and start typing application name I want to launch, I see there 2 instances of the same programm (in my case it's PyCharm IDE). I have ...
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unity 7 ubuntu 13.04 default behaviour when click on icon run application and move to the workspace that contains this runned app

In 12.04 this is a default behaviour. When i upgraded to 13.04 that does not occur. When I launch one instance of any example application and switch to other desktop (fro example from up-left to ...
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Unity is gone. All window buttons gone. how to fix it?

Today I logged in ubuntu and without me doing any changes to the system recently, unity is gone. I have no dash, i can't move around my windows. What I noticed is that e.g nautilus opens but there are ...
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Force Unity Dash to index all files on Home

Not all files on my home directory can be found via Dash, can I force Dash to index all files so I can search for any files in any depth via Dash?
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Unable to activate Workspaces ccsm / dash / dconf ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

I ran the latest updates and as usual I had to re-install my video driver, download the headers and blah blah... I ran into a few troubles that I was able to fix and at the end I got my Ubuntu up and ...
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What is vnc4server configuration file for Ubuntu 13.04?

I need vnc4server configuration file (xstartup) for Ubuntu 13.04 for both Gnome 3.8 and Unity, so it fixes the grey screen problem.
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Programmatically Getting Name of Front-most (currently running) application in Unity

I am trying to write a script that executes differently depending on the currently active program, and I am wondering if there is any way to find this programatically. For example, I come from the ...
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Can Unity provide German-English translations or German word definitions?

I have just installed stock Ubuntu in German so I can practice the language, but every once in a while I encounter some word I'm not familiar with. Currently, I open a browser and search for a ...
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Unity Launcher missing and Terminal shortcut stopped working

When I restarted my Ubuntu after it being updated, I found the Unity launch bar was gone. I tried looking up several solutions online, blindly typing in the commands that others suggested, and I ...
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Switched graphics card, now major problems

I have an old nVidia 9600GT, which I pulled out of my computer dual booting with Windows 7 and 13.04. I then plugged in a HD6670. I didn't think to uninstall drivers in 13.04, so I started my computer ...
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use kde window style in unity

I want to know if its possible to use the KDE widget style in unity. Basically have all my programs run looking like there in KDE but while still allowing me to use unity. I dont want to use the ...
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Will Mir reduce usage of system resources? [closed]

I have spent quite a lot of time searching for the answer to this question and have not found a definite answer yet. I was hoping that either someone directly involved with creating Mir or someone ...
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Theme is broken in some places

I am using a computer that started out on 11.10. I have since updated it several times, and installed and used a great number of WMs (Unity, XFCE, Gnome, KDE, Cinnamon). I am not sure how, but ...