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How can I install XFCE and completely remove Unity

I use Ubuntu 12.04 (I have not upgraded to 14.04 for performance reasons) but I don't like Unity. How can I install XFCE as my default graphic system, and completely remove Unity?
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Ubuntu 14.04/Unity lost almost all indicators

Like my title said: I lost almost indicators on unity / Ubuntu 14.04. I have tried restart indicator-sessions, deactivate practically all my software-indicators (maybe conflict).. but I have only ...
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Mounted devices not showing up on launcher in ubuntu 14.04. How to enable it?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 on my HP Pavillion Desktop. Till a few minutes back, the devices, pendrives, external hard disks would show up on mounting them and plugging them in respectively. Suddenly, I ...
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Are the webapp integration useless?

Ubuntu asks for installing various websites' webapp versions by prompting when I open the particular website. As of now, I've installed WordPress, Facebook Messenger, and Reddit. But I don't see any ...
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Minimizing Or Closing Apps Cause Ubuntu To Freeze

So I want to try Gnome Environment and XFCE Environment, So I installed Both of them But I Did Disable Unity Plug-ings. But some How I managed to Uninstalled Both Environment and Got back my Unity. ...
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indicator-cpufreq always shows only one bar on Ubuntu 14.10

On Ubuntu 14.10 the indicator-cpufreq always shows only one bar. I can switch between Performance and Powersave but the indicator icon never changes. It always shows only the one most bottom bar. I ...
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kill popup or dialog box using command line

I wonder is there a way to kill popup or dialog box by using command line? Actually I want to kill all the popup as shown in attached picture
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Ubuntu 14.04.1 (unity): rename workspaces

(related to this question, but that is outdated) How can I set the name of the workspaces?
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automatically organizing windows on large monitor

I have 27" monitor running ubuntu 14.04. When I work, I usually have more than 5 to 6 application (windows) open, which I organize in such a way that some part of that window ( application ) is just ...
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How to not minimize the particular windows on Show Desktop?

I use Indicator Stickynotes 0.4.4 on Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity installed on it. After all windows minimizing with a Show Desktop icon or Ctrl + Super + D shortcut, notes are going with them too. I've ...
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How to remove the panel in the left side (the “starter”)?

How to remove the starter? The "panel" on the left side of your screen with all the icons on it - icons like Firefox, LibreCalc and so on. I have installed "docky" - so it would be great to delete the ...
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I can't change my desktop settings

The background settings (right click on wallpaper) seem to be locked. I can't change nothing, not even my wallpaper. Any ideas?
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script.sh run differently when manually opening terminal and when using .desktop launcher

I have a script file script1.sh as shown below: #!/usr/bin/env bash cd /home/userA/scripts . r1.sh when I manually open a terminal and run it using . script.sh it works fine. But when I created ...
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How do I change the icon for .doc, .odt, .ods .xls .ppt filetypes from LibreOffice icon to OpenOffice icon?

The "problem" I am facing is that I uninstalled the Ubuntu 14.04's default LibreOffice and installed OpenOffice , but the .doc, .xls, .odt, .ods .... files even though they open by default with ...
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How to make Ubuntu 14.04 run with less lag?

I recently updated from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS and for the first time it worked! However, whenever I move my mouse over an application icon on the unity shell, the animation takes forever to ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 clear list of recent files in Dash

How to disable or clear list of recent files in Ubuntu Unity Dash? I can find many ways to do so in older version of Ubuntu but none of them work in 14.04.
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Can someone please ELI5 how to install the Unity desktop onto my Windows 8.1 install? [closed]

As much as I'd love to, I can't use Ubuntu for everything, but I want to at least make Windows look like my favorite OS. I have no idea about the whole software architecture behind Unity/X, so I ...
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ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 distribution upgrade pauses “configuring lightdm” … “Default display manager:” gdm, lightdm

Apologies if I overlooked this in the docs somewhere. Let me document something just incase it was missed. My upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04 pauses on a package configuration. The first time I did ...
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How can I get more granular control of Unity scaling factor?

In the Displays section of the settings, Unity has an option to set "Scale for menu and title bars". This option is presented as a slider with notches every .125. However, I find that the optimal ...
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Recovering data after unity crash after installing radeon driver

I installed a graphics driver (for radeon in dell ) from ubuntu software center. when the system restarted the sidebar is not appearing after login. Before login at least few icons appear at top ...
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Ubuntu home folder

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 & suddenly I am seeing extra files in home directory starting from .filename. I know these are the some of the system files & third party software files but in Ubuntu . ...
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Lost Unity Chrome [closed]

This morning, when I started up Ubuntu, it looked like the Unity design had vanished. Likewise, Google Chrome took on the platform-generic style and Pidgin became gray boxes with black frames. ...
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Questions about reinstallation

I reinstalled Ubuntu and got a system without internet. After deleting all types of drivers and putting important drivers and resetting network, it worked. Recently, I installed pantheon and mate, and ...
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Where to change default <Super>+<Space> keyboard switch key by a terminal?

Since 14.04 default keyboard switch key is Super+Space I preparing sample system for clone on hundreds of pc's and want to assign another default keys to switch layout with command line. I cannot ...
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What is the Amazon Browser in 14.04

In a recently installed Ubuntu 14.04, there is an Amazon browser in the Unity sidebar and a "Browser" in Dash. I don't know how to find the source and name of these browsers. I'd expect that they're ...
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How to execute a command with “=” sign in a desktop shortcut?

I'm trying to modify my Firefox shortcut in Unity so that it started with a specific parameter. From a terminal, I would start like this: VDPAU_DRIVER=va_gl firefox I tried modifying the firefox....
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How can I repair unity from terminal while on a WiFi that requires me to login through a web browser?

I was trying to reinstall unity-lens-applications but couldn't remember the name. I typed unity- and pressed tab to see the options. Instead of using the down key I just held enter to scroll through ...
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Unity Launch Button Changes Color in 14.04- Why?

I just noticed for the first time that the Ubuntu's "Start Button" equivalent can be different colors. Yesterday I had to take a screenshot to debug something, and the button was blue. But today it's ...
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Keyboard shortcuts keep resetting

There is a conflict between the Ubuntu keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Alt-S (which does "toggle shaded state") and the emacs macro Ctrl-Alt-S, which invokes forward-search-regex, which of course is vastly ...
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Problem Notify Popup only display blue bar On Ubuntu 14.04

I have Ubuntu 14.04, but not from clean install. I update it from 13.04 -> 13.10 and 14.04. Some day ago, I just realize that some things wrong with it's Notification Pop Up. It only display blue bar ...
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Show the shortcuts cheatsheets

I've just installed trusty with unity. I press the win key for a while, but the shortcuts cheatsheet won't show up. I tried with compiz-settings-manager and with ubuntu-tweaks with no luck at all. Is ...
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ElementaryOS Ubuntu Theme

I'm trying to get the GTK theme that ElementaryOS uses working on Ubuntu 14.04 but the theme is not looking the way it should. This is how it looks: Rather than how it is supposed to look. What ...
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Why doesn't my dock have the icons of my icon theme?

I just downloaded Numix circle icon theme. I applied that theme from Unity tweak tool. Now my launcher and Nautilus has the theme I applied but Cairo dock doesn't. Why is it so and how to change my ...
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Theme and icons look old after upgrade to 14.04 - AMD GPU issues?

Yesterday I upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 and I ran into a few problems. Interestingly I upgraded two computers (one of which has identical hardware) before this one and had no problems. When I ...
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How to disable live window resizing in Trusty Tahr

Subject says it all. How do I get rid of live window resizing? There's no setting for that either in "Appearance" or in "Unity Tweak Tool".
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Ubuntu start up view changed due to gnome shell [duplicate]

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr on my laptop. Its default Desktop Environment was Unity. I installed gnome-desktop-environment then I could use both unity DE and gnome DE on my ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 suddenly very slow

For some reason, my Ubuntu 12.04 recently became very slow. My specifications: HP laptop, core 2 duo T6600, 2.20 Ghz x2 Ati radeon 2 GB RAM Symptoms in Unity 3d: Dash takes endless to open ...
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How to move Unity launcher icons to desktop?

everyone. OK, I have what may be a very simple question--how do I take an icon from the Unity Launcher that I had locked there, and move them onto the desktop? I have tried everything I can think of ...
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How to add “exotic” keyboard layouts on Ubuntu?

Checking the load-extra-items at org.gnome.libgnomekbd.desktop (via a.g. dconf-editor [). Unfortunately it still doesn't work for me. Can anyone help me with some walkaround (I'd like to enable the ...
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Can't reset title bar right-click behavior in Unity, Ubuntu 12.10

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10. In 12.04, a title bar right-click would cause the menu to popup. After my upgrade right-click shades/unshades the window. I want the previous ...
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No menu in menu bar [duplicate]

I've tried Macbuntu, but not quite like it. So I uninstalled it but Ubuntu didn't restore completely. There are now only close, minimize, maximize buttons in the top menu bar, while originally there ...
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Repair overwritten icons paths

After running racket-lang install-script all my /usr/share/application/*.desktop files have broken icon paths and corresponding shortcuts are displayed with question marks. Paths are overwritten like ...
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Accidentally removed ubuntu-desktop and Unity when removing compiz, how do I get them back?

When I was trying to reinstall compiz, first I tried to remove it and I think I have deleted my ubuntu-desktop and unity at the same time. I have tried to reinstall them but no use and now I'm stuck ...
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Alt+F2 then “poweroff” not working in Unity (Ubuntu 12.04)

I come from Fedora 16-20 and definitely freshman in using Ubuntu, I was used in Gnome3 to turn off my computer by typing ALT+F2, then typing "poweroff" and return. In Unity "ALT+F2" actually open the ...
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Set desktop background from command line over ssh

I am attempting to set my desktop background from the command line in ubuntu 12.04. I am able to do this from the terminal on the actual machine as described here. gsettings set org.gnome.desktop....
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Reduce screensaver timeout to a custom value in seconds

I have a box running ubuntu 13.10 unity that I need to auto log in and it currently locks after 30 seconds, but I'd like to reduce this to between 1 and 5 seconds - how can I do this? Cheers
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How can I activate burn effect on ubuntu 13.10?

I saw on youtube that there is an effect that makes the windows catch fire when closing. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LUM6cI32rk But I could not make this effect work in 13.10....
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Launcher transparency

After messing around with CompizConfig I got to a state where I had to re-install lightdm, ubuntu-desktop and then re-enable all the compiz plugins. Everything works great, but the launcher ...
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Crash when maximizing Thunderbird on 13.10

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10, I've installed Unity tweak tool. Sometimes, when I maximize a window, the system freeze and I can't do anything (the system is still in freeze after 3 hours). I have to reboot ...
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13.10: how to set accelerator to select keyboard layout rather than switching to next/previous?

There is a host of regressions related to switching keyboard layouts in 13.10. One of them is that the dialogue lets one choose accelerators for selecting previous/next keyboard layout: Previously, ...