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when images are dragged onto my desktop screen the show a link and not the actual image

I just started with Ubuntu. At first if i dragged and dropped an image to my desktop it would create a link, if I would grab that link and place it elsewhere in the desktop it would give me the actual ...
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No OpenVPN option in new connection dialogue

I am having an issue in 15.04 with NetworkManager vpn connections. I have openvpn installed, but it does not show up in Unity as an available connection type. john@john-desktop:~$ lsb_release -drc ...
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Desktop issue after dist upgrade

I upgraded my 14.04 to 14.10 then to 15.04. after upgrade to 14.10 and reboot desktop acted strange and upgrading to 15.04 didn't fix it, see this image: Filesystem and desktop icons are working ...
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Annoyances with appindicator icon positions (Ubuntu 14.04.2)

I have a niggling problems with appindicator icons. The first problem is with the positioning of one particular icon, I've managed to change the order of all but one of my user indicators using the ...
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Unity dash: Sorry, there is nothing that matches your search

I face with problem Sorry, there is nothing that matches your search When searching in applications. However searching within files or musics etc is ok. Just applications are not found. it even ...
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Broken fonts in Unity (they became thinner)

Today, my Ubuntu 14.04 froze after suspending, so I had to hard-reboot it. When it rebooted, the fonts in the system changed from: to: I hope you can see the difference. The latter are ...
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Unity dock: Tor Browser opens as Firefox icon

I have installed TorBrowser through TorBrowser-Launcher and pinned it to my Unity launcher. Now whenever I start it, it show up in the launcher as Firefox. I know that TorBrowser is a modified ...
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Starter is not very sensitive

Unfortunately the starter used in unity, when hidden, is not sensitive enough. Even if I use the highest sensitivity setting it won't show up unless I hit the border of the screen really hard with my ...
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ctr + super + right arrow doesn't work when I plug in a second screen (15.04)

I use window management hotkeys constantly, think it's one of the best features of ubuntu. However, I have two problems when I plug in an external monitor. I cannot send a window, with hotkeys, ...
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How do I enable the PPTP addition dialogue when using a regular user in Debian Wheezie under Gnome Unity?

I just installed openvpn, pptp and vpnc. Under the user I am using, I am unable to create a PPTP connection as the dialogue is grayed out. Under the root user login, I can with no problems, however I ...
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Two X-screens, how to get a window manager on second screen?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity. I have two X-screens, on separate graphics cards. I believe the screens are :0.0 and :0.1. The problem is that, at startup, only my primary screen has a window ...
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Can't remove steam

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I tried to install steam from the .deb from the steam website (steam_latest.deb) and this didn't work; I installed later with apt-get install steam (along with the 32 ...
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Smoother fonts in Chromium installed automagically

Yesterday evening observed that the Chromium fonts got smoother. I don't really know to explain it, but it feels just better. The bold text is a little bit bolder that it was in the past and other ...
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Do not hide shaded window bars

I configured Unity to shade the window on mouse double click and then the shaded window title bar hides and you can only see on the unity launcher with a small triangle that the application is ...
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How to upgrade GTK 3.10 to GTK 3.14 on Ubuntu 14.04?

How to upgrade GTK 3.10 to 3.14 on ubuntu 14.04? Most of the discussions provide an answer in which they replace the Unity desktop with the GNOME desktop. I want to do this upgrade without adding any ...
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Ubuntu unity not appearing in VMware

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.4 on my VMware. (It opens in command line. Using startx enters me into GUI mode.) Problem: I cannot see side panels and menu bar: I took the following steps so ...
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recovering lost 15.04 GUI

After the latest system update, I lost my GUI. how does one repair Ubuntu desktop/ Unity?
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Changes to launcher are instantly changing back (Ubuntu 14.04)

I edited ~/.profile by adding the line umask 775 and also changed a color code in usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/gtk-main.css After reboot, the launcher and wallpaper lost all changes I made to ...
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Ubuntu desktop issues/overall systematic issues

I have installed skype on my Ubuntu 14.04.2 version and after I restarted the computer the normal Login window popped up. After typing in the password the desktop was on but the sidebar was missing ...
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How can I make ubuntu completely black and white?

I installed Ubuntu Tweak for the black and white theme. But that theme only made icons black and white. I want complete black and white feel for Ubuntu, how can I get it? Complete means when I play ...
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Missing main menu icons in Java applications

I have fresh install of Ubuntu 15.04 x64 and when I launch any Java-written application, i.e. LibreOffice, Eclipse IDE, PyCharm IDE, etc., I can see no main menu icons (Open, New, Save, Save as, ...). ...
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How to find path of program launched from dock (not visible in software manager)

I'm using the VPN client "Cisco Anyconnect" and it was installed via a .sh script provided by my university, thus not visible in the Software Manager. Most of the time I launch it from the search ...
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Unity in portrait mode on Dell inspiron 13 7000 w/ i7

Does Unity (from 14.10 or 15.04) work well in portrait mode on the latest Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1? I know of problems w/ touchpad and touchscreen, which can be solved, but I would like to get feedback ...
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Viewing and Opening recently viewed files and folders in unity launcher

Is their a way to see and open recently viewed files and folders in unity launcher? If you select files in third mouse key we will see a menu like this where it shows the default and book marked ...
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How to figure out the reason for automatic log-outs on Ubuntu Unity and GNOME 3?

My installation of Ubuntu 15.04 logs-out automatically on both Unity and GNOME 3, it doesn't do it on GNOME Fallback. Is the Xorg 0 log file the place I should go to in order to figure out the reason ...
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How to disable shadows for Ubuntu 15.04 for a certain window class?

How to disable shadows for Ubuntu 15.04 for a certain window class? In Ubuntu < 15.04, you could disable shadows and window decorations for a specific class of windows, using CCSM. For a specific ...
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Problem with screen when changing users

I have Ubuntu 15.04 and 3 users. When I switch the users sometimes the desktop/unity bar goes fuzzy / not well rendered. If I minimize all windows it renders well. I have NVIDIA GTX 645 and looking ...
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How to configure ccsm from the command line or a script?

THE GENERAL PROBLEM: I wish to change some settings of ccsm from the command line, or more precisely a script. I imagine there will be some arcane combination of gsettings or gconftool that does what ...
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gnome-terminal.desktop for key shortcut (ctrl+alt+t)

I want to change default position of terminal. I changed ~/.local/share/applications/gnome-terminal.desktop It works for manually opening terminal from applications menu but not for shortcut ...
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Java applications show title-bar only with multiple monitors

I'm having an issue with Ubuntu, Java and multiple monitors. I am running Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS. Java 1.7.0_80 (application requirement) and a laptop with a monitor hooked up via VGA. The issue is when ...
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Can I change or replace Unity Launcher Dash behavior?

Recently I installed Synapse launcher and I use it as default one now as due to my reasons of RAM memory lack Synapse works twice faster. What I'd like to know if it's possible to change or replace ...
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How to make indicator-sysmonitor as a default indicator

The Ubuntu 14.04 currently have at the top right corner these indicators shutdown,lock button, calender time details, battery details, Input format (English) as the default indicators. Is it possible ...
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Alt key in an applications

Unity catches Alt pressing in various hotkeys combinations which I'm using in the applications, e.g. I'm using remote desktop application with windows on remote host and can't use Alt+Tab or Alt+Shift ...
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Unity Dash Flickers Instead of Opening

When I hit the meta key or click on the dash button, the dash will open very, very briefly and then immediately close. It is so quick I cannot read anything in the dash, let alone click anything. ...
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Gnome flashback interface styling related on Ubuntu 14.04

Is it possible to get the window for shutdown/restart from Unity, with the blurred background and all, on Gnome flashback? On flashback, I currently get the old basic window.
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Dash is empty, applications do not appear

I use Unity on Ubuntu 14.04. In Dash, applications are not present. Folders&files and plugins are there though. I tried : unity --reset sudo apt-get purge unity-lens-applications ...
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Unity doesn't load after login for any user

After an update of Ubuntu 14.04 a strange behavior started. After starting X11 and logging in the screen remain black, the mouse moves, all seems to be loaded. No errors on log but unity does not load ...
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How to get unity build dependencies after apply the LTS Enablement Stacks?

I have a Ubuntu 14.04.2 installation with the LTS Enablement Stacks (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack). I would like to build the Unity package from source to apply some custom ...
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Ubuntu taking long to shutdown

I use Ubuntu 15.04, I have a SSD drive also. Very recently onwards the ubuntu is taking long to shut down nearly 1:30 minutes. I checked the shutdown log messages and I get the follow message. A ...
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Unity launcher placement doesn't change

I am using double monitors in Ubuntu 14-04 with Unity and I want to change the launcher to my left screen. I know I can find this option in Settings -> Display but when I try to change it, it only ...
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Unity webplayer wont work

I tried using pipelight but I can't get unity to work for me. I open the terminal and type: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --install-recommends ...
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Can't boot without recovery after I installed a package to change the login screen

I installed a package to change my login screen on Ubuntu 14.10 Now after installation I have noted down some major issues: Booting became a problem.I have to use recovery mode to start the OS. ...
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Netbook using too much CPU

I did a clean Ubuntu 14.04 install in a samsung N100sp netbook. System specifications are as follows 2GB RAM Intel Atom CPU N2100 @ 1.60GHz x 2 Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe graphics The default Unity ...
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Wrong distro and logo in GNOME control center

I want to edit the logo in gnome-control-center details, but I can't find the location where the image is stored. It also represents the wrong version (screenshot). Because I'm building my own distro, ...
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How to get gnome session idle time?

Has the method to get the session idle time through dbus changed in the recent Ubuntu or my dbus code here is wrong? #!/usr/bin/env python import dbus bus_name = 'org.gnome.ScreenSaver' obj_path = ...
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Changing the backend in Compiz

Using GConf I changed the bakcend to flat-file configuration. Now how can I change it to GConf using flat-file? I can't open Compiz and Terminal.
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Unity is broken after restart

After Ubuntu restart I have these problems: Titles of windows are missing System menu not displaying Shortcuts Alt+F2 and Alt+Tab are not working. And into Gnome environment also. Strange black ...
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Fresh installed Ubuntu shows windows without background

Just installed Ubuntu 15.04. Dell Inspirion 5720 with Optimus system on Bumblebee. Deleted all games and a few programs and found that in many settings windows background are transparent. Also if you ...
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Firefox is using KDE oxygen GTK on Unity

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with multiple desktop environments (unity, cinnamon and KDE). However, after I installed KDE, Firefox began to use oxygen GTK when I am using Unity or Cinnamon. If a click ...
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Can't launch PhpStorm from unity only from a terminal

I have a program, PhpStorm, that i can launch from anywhere if i use the terminal, if i try to do from unity interface nothing happens. I have exported the <program_name>/bin path to PATH ...