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Questions regarding the decisions and rationale behind the design of Ubuntu or its software.

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Is there a way to create desktop shortcut via context menu?

I feel like Ubuntu lacks this quality of life feature, that Windows has. To create shortcuts just by right clicking on icons of applications. I want to be able to do it from anywhere and especially ...
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Design rationale behind switching to non-updatable-while-open snap apps

Snap apps cannot be updated while open on Ubuntu; one gets instead a notification: pending update of "firefox" snap Close the app to avoid disruptions (10 days left) To me, this seems ...
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Silhouette Studio 4.4. not showing text

I installed silhouette studio 4.4 but when I opened it the panels just show icons but no text. I installed 4.2 but still the same issue:
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Place "Power Off" as last option in the system menu?

I have been using Ubuntu 21.10 for about slightly more than a month now and there is a design choice that irritates me. The "Log Out" button is placed below the "Power Off" button ...
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Gaomon M106K not detected by Ubuntu 20.04

I just connected this tablet to the pc but lsusb doesn't detect the device. I know it works because I tested it in Windows. This is the script that I've used to install the drivers: sudo wget https://...
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Why does ~/.local/share contain so many kinds of data? [closed]

~/.local/share seems to be a collection of essential data, configuration data, log files, accumulated junk, and who knows what else. Given that ~/.local is already divided into bin and lib, why was a ...
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Why Ubuntu flavors don't share design themes?

Why the different Ubuntu flavors don't have an unified (or at least aligned) theming and design language? Like for example Manjaro, that has several desktop environments (Gnome, Xfce, KDE) but all ...
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Use login screen as lock / unlock screen

I've seen this question and I am asking myself if its possible to use my login screen as lock / unlock screen as I prefer the login screen visually. I use Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
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Graphical environment in gtk+ programming

I am reading tutorials of GTK+ programming in gnome developers. I saw it is somehow different from C# graphical programming in Windows(OS) or even QT creator. In C# graphical programming, I first ...
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LibreOffice looks in KDE like from 90's

I have some applications (for example LibreOffice) which looks really weird, design like from 90's. As you can see here: How can I fix it, please?
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How to make circled image in gimp?

I want to get a circular image from a rectangle image. You can see the image below, please.
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pixel error numix

I use Ubuntu 16.04 with the numix-gtk theme from the official repos. But I see a pixel error how can I solve this?
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Why does Ubuntu use this horrible pattern of colors?

I believe Ubuntu could have more new users if it simply used a more beautiful and more neutral color pattern like OS X and other Linux distributions. So why does Canonical use these colors?
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Problems getting default wallpapers from previous versions

I was trying to figure out how to get the wallpapers from the previous versions of Ubuntu and luckily I found out how by a good fellow. You just install them from the official repositories. The reason ...
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How to download previous Ubuntu wallpapers?

I was curious if it's possible to download the default wallpapers from the previous Ubuntu versions. I know that I can probably Google them, but I'd rather download them from one of Ubuntu's official ...
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When is the next Ubuntu community wallpaper contest?

Does anybody know when the next Ubuntu community wallpaper contest will be?
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What happened to Suru icon designs?

A long time ago some images emerged presenting the Suru icon designs for files and folders. Those images can be viewed here: Is it known what happened with that beautiful designs? Are they under ...
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Why is there an "A" in the software centre icon?

The stock Software Centre icon certainly contains an "A", but why exactly? "Ubuntu" does not contain an A, and I can not imagine it is for "cAnonicAl" or "softwAre". It makes sense for companies like ...
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Why did scrollbars changed in Firefox? [duplicate]

Since the dawn of windowed software, to click on the scrollbar space (i.e. not the arrows, nor the small block) meant to scroll the size of one page (just like pressing Page Up/Page Down). Now, in a ...
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Any BIM (Building Information Manager) in linux?

I'm looking for B(uilding) I(nformation) M(anager) software in linux. Something like Revit, Archicad, Allplan, Tekla, Bentley RAM. All that won't work in wine (under linux). It really doesn't matter ...
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What is a good alternative to Axure RP in linux?

I have been using Pencil on Windows for several months, but I had to change to Axure RP because in Pencil there are no master templates. While Pencil is okay for small projects, changing the header ...
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How to add year and change date format in top GNOME panel? [duplicate]

Currently the top panel has the time like this in this format: But is there any way I can add the current year to that? And also a way of rearranging/changing the date format (though this is just ...
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What does the new logo of Ubuntu GNOME mean?

The new release of Ubuntu GNOME brings a new logo. What does this logo mean? And what is the mainly reason for changing it?
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Why did the Ubuntu GNOME logo change in 15.10?

Why did the Ubuntu GNOME logo change in 15.10? 15.04: 15.10: (Logos extracted from the plymouth-theme-ubuntu-gnome-logo packages of the respective versions.)
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Drag and drop web builder? [duplicate]

I'm not that experienced with HTML coding, is there any free drag and drop builder I can use and get the files from it that way I can host a website on a ubuntu machine?
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Material Design Icons

Hi I am looking for a software very similar to this. Is there any program for Ubuntu that does the same as this generator?
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How to put a box around something in GIMP?

This is a very simply question, but one that I have been struggling to find an answer to: How can I put a box outline around something in GIMP? So that you can easily circle (but with a rectangle or ...
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Xubuntu indicator plugin background

I'm running Xubuntu 14.04 and my indicator plugin has white background in most themes. It looks like this (Numix). But in Adwaita and High Constrast themes it works properly. Screenshot here. ...
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What tool do you suggest me for making a painting catalog? [duplicate]

I have taken some photos of my paintings so I would like to make a catalog of them. Edited. It is for both, digital and printing distribution. I'd want to promote my art by making a catalog of them....
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Centre, left and right align text in GIMP

I am running GIMP 2.8. And I was wondering if there is any way of left aligning, right aligning, or centring text in GIMP? As this would be something very useful and is included in most other programs....
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Game designing app 3d

I'm new to Ubuntu and I’m looking for a free software studio so i can make an indie game for PS4/3. I am just throwing around ideas on paper but i want to see if they can work.
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Creating interactive prototypes in Ubuntu

I will be working on Ubuntu as a UX designer and was wondering if any other UXer in the same situation can recommend software to produce fairly advanced interactive prototypes. I'm thinking something ...
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Did Unity lose transparency in 14.10?

I just upgraded to 14.10, and I noticed straight away that some parts of Unity which used to be transparent and show my blurred wallpaper, are now opaque - most notably the Dash: But also the ...
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Some programs (Eclipse) show their tooltips with an unfitting black background [duplicate]

Here is a tooltip from Eclipse, that pops open when you press CTRL+O: Is this intentional? White text on black background does not exactly fit in, and it would be much more readable if it used some ...
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How can I install ansys, nastran or any designing software?

I install all design software in windows. But I don't know how to install any designing software in ubuntu. Will all these software will work in ubuntu?
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logic words alternative [closed]

I am using logic words to design circuits like ALU, on windows in class and my pc itś running only ubuntu, my question is how I can open this extension (.cct) on linux, please not tell me about ...
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How to create a new folder on List view on nautilus? [duplicate]

This is a really small problem, although it seems to be like a pretty big design issue. When the folder is full of files, for example, there's no empty space left to right click on, so how do I ...
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How to change the command line title as in this image? [duplicate]

This might be a n00b question, but recently I started to use Vagrant with Ubuntu 12.04 and I discovered, every line in the command line looks like this: I have a Raspberry Pi, but Debian on it has ...
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Why does Ubuntu's default ~/.profile source ~/.bashrc?

These are the contents of the stock ~/.profile that came with my 13.10 (commented lines removed): if [ -n "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc" ]; then . "$HOME/.bashrc" fi fi ...
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Where do I report a UI issue that I do not like? [duplicate]

I have just installed ubuntu, I am picky about UI design choices and have spotted something I do not like, but this time instead of just hating it I wish I could tell the ubuntu team so maybe just ...
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How to have a different virtual desktop per physical display?

Context: I've recently switched back to using an external monitor with my laptop. I'm using a 2x2 virtual desktop with the expo plugin. (Actually a 3x3, doesn't matter) I'm currently not satisfied ...
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How Can I Create and Configure Icon Themes in Gnome?

I know the basics for designing icons but I have no idea how to configure and compile them into a file so that I can create a gnome icon theme out of them. Can anyone help? It would be much ...
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Visual Basic alternative for Ubuntu?

I used Visual Basic on Windows just to make the design of programs, no codding. But I can't find any alternative despite Gambas and Mono :/
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Is the Ubuntu.com website open source?

If I wanted to make a local Ubuntu website is there anything that I can use? or a design like this website has, could also be a wordpress design like this website has http://ubuntudanmark.dk/
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Why were multi touch trackpad gestures removed from 13.04?

I have an ASUS Zenbook UX31a and multi touch gestures worked great on 12.10, but after I upgraded to 13.04 every gesture stopped working, except for 2, 3 and 4 finger taps (the 3 finger tapped changed ...
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What computer languages do Linux-based OSes use?

What programming languages are used to make/create Linux-based Operating Systems?
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Design standard for "About" and "Options" [closed]

I have seen that in many Ubuntu Touch projects that the way to do "options" (or "settings") and "about" is done with a Tab. Is that good for the design guideline of Ubuntu Touch? Is there a standard? ...
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What are the design guidelines for appindicator icons?

I am creating a Unity AppIndicator using Python + PyGObject, but I wish for it's icon to be in standard Ubuntu style. Where can I find appropriate guidelines for using colours (or is it just white/...
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What documents are available for Juju Design and Architecture?

Where do I find Juju Design and Architecture documents?
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How to embedded terminal in desktop background?

How to embedded terminal in desktop background like heare: ?