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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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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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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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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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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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Using a different desktop wallpaper from my lockscreen on gnome 3.8, Ubuntu-tweak no longoer loading on ubuntu 13.04

I am new to Ubuntu. I basically know nothing about it and friend convinced me to switch to the OS. Everything was going fine and I had managed to make my PC look like mac but I just ran into a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Accidentally killed Unity; got it back, but now there's no window manager

Today I was trying to resolve a longstanding annoyance, the fact that changes I make in CompizConfig Settings Manager do not persist after a reboot. Googling around, I saw that this appears to be a ...
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After removing smart scopes Unity with Active Blur becomes very slow

Before testing smart scopes my computer ran Unity perfectly. The dash opened instantly when either pressing the super key or clicking the icon. I tried out smart scopes and attempted to use it but ...
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Unity stopped working in 3D after software update

Today I installed some update package and an hour or two later when I restarted my machine, Unity was running in 2D. There were two Radeon packs in those updates which I suspect are the culprit. I ...
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strange window positioning after launcher click

There is a strange and annoying thing in 12.04LTS: Sometimes (quite often indeed) when I click a launcher icon of an application that is running in a unity desktop different from the one I'm actually ...
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Create and install my own mouse cursor - FIXED [closed]

I am interested in finding out how to install my own mouse designs. This could be used to brand a company computer, make a mouse pointer easier to use or, just for fun. Is there a tool to create them ...
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Unity Dash Graphical Glitches in Ubuntu 13.04 with ATI Graphics

I have a very noticeable transparent glitch in the Unity Dash. It does no transparency at all and instead shows a green to red color transition with black checkered boxes. This is an entirely ...
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Unity Side Bar Icons size [duplicate]

Is it possible to scale down unity's sidebar icons? Im trying increment the vertical space in the way that it fits 2 more icons without scrolling.
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How to merge the folders : downloads - téléchargements / pictures - images / videos - vidéos?

I had previously installed Ubuntu Unity 13.04 in French, and got the folders: téléchargements - images - vidéos Then I reinstalled it in English and got the new folders: downloads - pictures - videos ...
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No Desktop - 13.04

Before I start. I am kind of new to Ubuntu. I upgrade to 13.04 and it seemed to go well. But when I logged in I got no launcher or anything. I can right click to bring up a menu and use the shortcut ...
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How to remove proprietary AMD drivers & repair Unity

I have installed these AMD drivers for my HD 5770: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx When I launched Steam it threw me an error that something was wrong with OpenGL, ...
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13.04 Unity (Dual Monitors) graphics suddenly broken for no reason

EDIT: Re-opened since the errors came back. and previous solutions didn't work. I've been happy with 13.04 since launch. This week however something odd started happening. Sometimes after login, the ...
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How do you restart unity? I have no menu bars [duplicate]

Yesterday after running my ubuntu HDD in VMware on win7 I found that I had somehow lost unity. Even after actually booting into Ubuntu, unity was GONE. Every answer on the web couldn't bring it back. ...
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Create Unity Launcher for file [duplicate]

how do you create a launcher for a file in unity? I am currently trying to create a launcher for the side panel in unity that, when clicked, opens an executable file in my home directory. Is there any ...
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Different wallpapers for each workspace in Ubuntu 13.04. Fusion extra's not available. Is there another fix? [duplicate]

I have been looking everywhere for an answer to my question. Tries just about every guide there is and went through all of the ubuntu forums. This is not a duplicate question as the answers to the ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Unity black and white pixilated screen after suspend resume

Whenever I suspend and resume my laptop I get the following screen (see link to image below). I can do Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to TTY and I can kill and restart Unity but it seems to have no effect when I ...
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Cannot get web-apps working in Ubuntu 12.10

I have been using vanilla Ubuntu 12.10 since it came out, and I will be upgrading to 13.04 in a month or two. However, I recently decided to try to install a couple of web-apps. I was unable to do so, ...
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Install latest version of Unity in ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Is there anyway I can install the latest Unity (used in Ubuntu 13.04) in Ubuntu 12.04? I do not want to upgrade my super stable 12.04 just to get the Unity.
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How do I disable Unity in 13.04?

I'm using Xfce most of the time, but Unity keeps popping up even in my Xfce-Session. So I deactivated the Compiz-Plugin in ccsm, because that worked well in 12.10. But now with 13.04 as soon as I ...
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Is there a way to find the executable name for an application so I can launch it in a terminal?

Is there a way to find the package/executable name (for example, evince for document viewer, or totem for Videos) for an app?
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Ubuntu Touch Desktop?

Does Ubuntu Touch have a desktop mode? I mean with like a full unity inferface so you can use your tablet like a regular Ubuntu PC. Heard this is not possible due to the display server. I did however ...
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Fonts corrupted

Fonts seems to be corrupted in Unity in my system after an update yesterday. It seems certain characters are refusing to display (please see attached screenshot), or gets displayed in same color as ...
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Is there a way to make the tooltips on launcher applications appear without delay in 13.04?

Is there a way, for example in CCSM to change the delay before launcher tooltips are shown, because for whatever strange reason, the launcher doesn't respond to me clicking on an application, before ...