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Tray icons dissapeared ubuntu 15.10

I am currently using Ubuntu 15.10 and I'm experiencing some issues related to tray icons not appearing in the top right corner. For example, programs such as Skype or Dropbox initiate on startup, as i ...
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How to create an App Indicator icon in Ubuntu 14+ without using libappindicator?

I'm trying my hand at writing simple desktop utility apps in PHP and wxWidgets using wxPHP. After some substantial effort (and 20+ minutes of compilation time) to generate the PHP wxwidgets.so module, ...
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Limit a user to a single app that starts on login (14.04) [duplicate]

I have a system that I would like to limit a specific user to a single app that will autostart when he logs in. I don't see any way to do this with the toolbar/launcher active but I have seen ...
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Force child windows to stay on parent's workspace

I am a heavy user of multiple workspaces, and often find an application, say, on workspace 2 will open a child window on the currently active workspace 3 where I have my web browser. Is there a way to ...
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Two different errors in ubuntu fresh install 15.10 - unity and sysem settings

I did a fresh install of ubuntu 15.10 and when I start it up I get an error right away and it asks if I want to report it. It says it is with: The path - ...
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How to restore Nautilus default settings

I am currently using Ubuntu 15.10 and wanted to try out Gnome 3.18. Everything worked, but finally I wanted to switch back to Unity, because I like it more. Since I remove all the Gnome 3 packages, my ...
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Unable to change system and nautilus icons in Ubuntu 14.04 and Unity Tweak Tool

I have been experimenting with new themes provided by noobslab.com, and I am having issues applying all parts. It seems the only icons I can set are Ubuntu's default, anything else gives me blank ...
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Nautilus Actions is not working on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf

In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I used to MenuLibre application to create menu items for applications in Unity and Gnome desktop environments as an alternative to edit the text file .desktop of ...
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Can I get access to Ubuntu apps on Ubuntu touch if I allow read write access?

Okay so I'm an impatient bastard who realises he should have waited but purchased the BQ HD5 Ubuntu mobile phone back in June whilst being fully aware it didn't have that many apps available as was ...
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How to install dolphin on Ubuntu 15.10 wily with Unity

I am using dolphin as my preferred file manager under unity. After upgrading to Ubuntu 15.10, dolphin shows a couple of problems: some program icons are missing. For example icons in the icon bar ...
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Login loop revisited

I'm using 14.04 LTS Desktop on a Lenovo laptop and it's been working great until this morning. After a reboot I encountered the login loop, where you log in and immediately return to the login screen. ...
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I have Ubuntu 15.04 (Unity) and I want to use Wayland instead of X. Is that possible and how?

I have Ubuntu 15.04 (Unity) installed, my GPU is Nvidia 980M GTX. I have successfully installed Weston (using this guide: ...
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Global Menu for JavaFX Applications

I know that we can enable global menu for Java Swing applications using Jayatana. But I am searching for global menu support for JavaFX applications. After searching on it, I have found that ...
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How to start gnome/unity by SLiM?

I have an Ubuntu 15.04 and installed Unity, Gnome3 and Awesome WM. All worked fine: I could start any Desktop Environment by any Display Manager Recently I installed a SLiM DM. $ sudo apt-get ...
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How do you keep unity desktop in a remote desktop connection

I am looking to set up a remote desktop PC. But from what i had read, the half to install another form of desktop interface that is not unity, these are utility's like XRDP, X2go. I am wondering if ...
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Don't show windows that aren't really in this workspace?

I use four workspaces in Ubuntu 15.04 and a window and I've noticed that sometimes a window will have a few mm poking down into the adjacent workspace, and as a result, superw allows me to switch to ...
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How do I enable touch gestures in Ubuntu 14.04 lts (Unity) WITHOUT a Synaptics touchpad?

I'm currently running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Unity on a relatively new ASUS Zenbook UX303-LB. I have been trying unsuccessfully to get gestures working for a good several weeks now, on and off, as I ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 missing mouse pointer speed in settings

Missing pointer settings in my settings My xinput result: ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer ...
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Dash 14.04 - permanently enable Files & Applications search

I'm searching files and applications via Dash Home, but when I look for i.e. "OY" (it's a band/musician) Dash automatically disables 'Files' filter and I can't find what I'm used to find through Dash. ...
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Recompiling unity from source

For some reason I have to modify some files on the source of unity. To get the source and its dependencies I had issued apt-get build-dep unity and apt-get source unity. To test whether the source ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 - UI themes aren't correctly loaded

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 15.10, and now themes aren't being applied correctly to the UI. Fonts are rendered inconsistently, with elements appearing in what seems an old GTK default. My customized ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Trying to Set Login Screen and Gsettings Fails with Error

Following instructions in other posts that involve dconf-editor or using su lightdm -s /bin/bash, I hit a big hurdle with the following error: olefoxx@Don-L355n2:~$ sudo -i [sudo] password for ...
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Cannot get in gnome desktop after upgrade 15.04 to 15.10

I can not log in at tty1 after reboot; system hangs. Also after dpkg --configure -a I get: error getting authority: error initializing authority:Could not connect:no such file or directory ...
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Change menu-bar icons? (Unity on vivid)

The wifi icon, to me, looks really bad, and it doesn't fit... How can I change it?
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Is there a way to search document contents using a Unity Lens in 14.04 Trusty?

In trusty 14.04, the out-of-the-box install gives you a Unity file and folder search which provides relevance-based search for recently used files (through Zeitgeist) augmented with entire filesystem ...
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unity 14.04 no alt+right-click resize

there are already a number of topics relating to the right-click resize problem but they all date to older versions of ubuntu and their respective answers and solutions did not work in my case. So I ...
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14.04 - screen not locking?

running 14.04.3 with unity. Since some days, occasionally my screen will not blank and lock; although "brightness and lock" is configured to exactly do that after 3 minutes. I checked for answers ...
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Enable WICD System-Tray Icon - Unity 15.04

I've installed wicd and wicd-gtk in Unity - Ubuntu 15.04. The icon for the application does not show up in the system tray. I've looked over the following questions, which do not solve my issue: ...
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All titlebars are missing If always show menus is activated

I used the command : gsettings set com.canonical.Unity always-show-menus true on Ubuntu 14.04 to activate always show menu option and it worked but the only annoying bug is all title bars are ...
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Changing 'Open Dash' shortcut in Unity only partially working

I'm using a Chromebook, so my keyboard is missing a 'Super' key. Changing the shortcut in the keyboard settings, Unity Tweak Tool or CCSM to the 'Search' key doesn't work. Other keys work, but from ...
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What is the annoying key display bar called and how can I turn it off?

Note the "asdf" in a grey bar on this screenshot. I pressed those keys and it popped up. What is this bar called and how do I turn it off?
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bamfdaemon causing performance issues. Ubuntu 14.04

Recently I've been having performance issues (sluggish switching between workspaces, icons not being removed from tray upon closing, etc...) on my computer which runs Ubuntu 14.04. I've found the ...
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How to set up custom mappings for a specific keyboard

I bought a Razr Tartarus, which is a comfortable keypad, perceived by Ubuntu as a regular keyboard. I would like to use it as an extension of my regular keyboard, in order to have convenient extra ...
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Ubuntu Software center messed icons

I recently made a movement from Ubuntu 14.04.03 LTS to Ubuntu 15.04 and on Ubuntu 15.04 all icons or most of them are messed up, There size is also bigger.On 14.04 there was no such problem. I also ...
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Why are there two separate desktops with KDE?

Running Ubuntu 15.04, and I was fed up with Unity, so I installed kubuntu-desktop. Works fine, switch to it at login. There's a weird behavior that I can't find explained elsewhere however - I appear ...
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14.04 Dash Home won't load

I just installed 14.04 and when I click on the dash home, nothing displays. The launcher is normal. When I click on the dash, the arrow appears next to the icon signalling it's opened, the launcher ...
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Menu text is dark after installing KDE-desktop

I installed the package kde-desktop, and now my menus in Unity have dark text: Changing my theme in System settings > Appearance > Look does nothing to change the text color. How can I change ...
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selecting gnome interface on ubuntu studio over ubuntu desktop 14.04

I am new to Ubuntu. I have installed Ubuntu studio over Ubuntu desktop 14.04. I have installed gnome shell and the session too. I am unable to select the interface during login. Please help.
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How can I stop the first option of my context menus from being selected immediately after opening the context menu?

Whenever I open a context menu, the first option of the context menu gets selected immediately. The following video illustrates this: https://vid.me/LF5S Obviously this makes the context menu ...
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New window of application on every virtual desktop

I am trying to meet the best functionality for Virtual Desktops on Ubuntu 14.04. I don't know if this is an application-specific question, Docky or Ubuntu in general. What I would like to do is that ...
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How disable key while specific program is running?

When I'm running a game with Play on Linux and I accidentally hit the Super key, it always opens the unity launcher and crashes my game. How can I prevent this, by disabling the super key for this ...
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How to close active window with custom keyboard shortcut, only for selected applications

I would like to set up several applications like document viewers and image viewers in Unity to close with one key pressed, preferably when q key is pressed. Most of the applications I use do not have ...
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After manually installing Python 3.5 on Ubunut 15.4 I broke Unity, how can I fix it?

I've done a foolish thing - I did a classic "make install" style installation of Python 3.5. This was a bad idea because it over-wrote some of the Python 3 components, including symbolic links. It ...
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Why when i log-in using another desktop environment, apps doesn't appear to be installed?

I want change Unity desktop since is too slow and replace it with another one, GNOME or Budgie Desktop. Then i downloaded Gnome. I restart the PC and i log-in with gnome. But when i go to the "app ...
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How do I make Firefox open in the foreground when clicking a link in Thunderbird?

I click a link in Thunderbird (31.8.0) and Firefox (40) opens, but it's always in the background, even though keyboard focus is transferred from Thunderbird to Firefox. I have been pressing Alt + Tab ...
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compiz CCSM crashed launcher- and windows-bar on Ubuntu 14LTS?

Wanted to make some window-behavior settings regarding Alt+Tab-cycling. Then after wanted to set the default behavior back. Then the entire desktop lost the unity launcher and all window-menu bars. ...
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Unity does not load after installing Ubuntu 15.04

I performed a clean install of Ubuntu 15.04 on a Dell XPS 13, but Unity fails to load. After login I see only the desktop background and the mouse pointer but nothing else. Also, right and left ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Battery Icon has fixed value after booting till the next reboot [UPDATED]

I have a dual-booted Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Win8.1 on a Dell inspiron 14 series 5000 machine. It tire me with alot of bugs starting with wireless instability and showing new ones with each update I ...
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Creating .desktop files for wine applications

I have two different wine apps I want to place and run from Ubuntu's 14.04 launcher. For both I've created their own .desktop files and added both to the launcher. Icons look good, both are clickable ...
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files names suffix “unknown”

On my desktop all created file names include the suffix "unknown". Please look at the screenshot: file name unknown Almost funny bug...it appears since a few updates and exclusive on my desktop but ...