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Can I make Ubuntu 11.10's desktop look like 11.04's Ubuntu Classic?

I updated to 11.10 today and Unity has absolutely driven me nuts. Is there a way to bring 11.04's Classic Desktop back to 11.10? I tried KDE and I don't find it similar enough to be happy. I tried ...
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Win key replayed when focus changes from Windows to Ubuntu host

I'm running the synergy server (version 1.3.6) on an Ubuntu 11.10 host and the client (version 1.3.8) on a Windows 7 host. Whenever I use the Win key on the windows client, they key is somehow "...
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Unity: how to add a shell-script to the dock

I have a GUI application which starts with a shell script. How can I create an icon in the Unity dock by providing the shell script and an .svg icon?
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Launching gnome-shell-timer in Unity?

I'd like to have a countdown timer in my taskbar on an Ubuntu 12.04 machine with Unity 2D. My use case is primarily time management, for example "countdown from 30 minutes, and I'll take a break when ...
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How to continue using GNOME2 with Ubuntu or a derived distribution?

I am currently using Ubuntu 11.04 with GNOME2 instead of the new default, Unity. I heard that in a newer Ubuntu version there is no GNOME2 aka Ubuntu classic desktop anymore. Which Linux ...
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Why does the terminal in unity 2d (Ubuntu 11.10) always stay in the foreground?

I have just updated to Ubuntu 11.10 and I am using unity 2d. My terminal applications (gnome-terminal or konsole) just won't go into background. When I move another application in front of them, they ...
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Unicode Composition in Sublime Text

I'm not able to use unicode composition (The ctrl+shift+u method) to enter unicode characters in Sublime Text 2 (v2.0.1, Build 2217) on Ubuntu 12.04 (Unity). To reproduce, just open up a tab and do ...
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Latest Ubuntu Desktop without Unity

What is the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop that doesn't have Unity? I really dislike the lack of menus. It's very hard to discover and find applications. For example, I'm looking for the activity ...
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Mouse move choppy and laggy with Ubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu LTS 11.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 on my Dell M5030. My mouse moves choppy and laggy. I do not encounter this problems on Ubuntu 10.04 on this machine. I think this bug may com from Unity....
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Unity doesn't work on VNC server under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

After upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I find the Unity destkop in vnc4server never works as it did under Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Here is my ~/.vnc/xstartup for vnc4server: #!/bin/sh xrdb $HOME/.Xresources ...
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Use dconf (or comparable) to set configs for another user

On Ubuntu Desktop 13.10, I have a setup script which runs as root. It essentially configures the computer as necessary, but I need to set some things with dconf. The script runs in a Terminal window ...
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Always show application menu bar in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

Is there a way to force the application menu to always be visible (as opposed to only showing when the cursor is hovered over the top panel)? I'm talking about the application-specific "File", "Edit", ...
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Is there a WinSplit Revolution style window manager for Ubuntu Unity (11.10)?

I'm giving Ubuntu a whirl, and I'm using the Unity desktop. I'd like to be able to resize / reposition my windows using the keyboard (something like Windows has with WinSplit Revolution (e.g. Ctr+Alt+...
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Ubuntu Natty: Desktop freezes after login

The other minute I updated Ubuntu from 10.10 to 11.04. I configured the system to always log in user A. Now when I start it, the computer boots and loads the Desktop of user A, but there you can do ...
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What exactly is the difference between “Grayscale” and “RGBA” font anti-aliasing settings?

I've just switched to Ubuntu, and I'm trying to replicate the Windows ClearType font quality using the Unity Tweak Tool. The default anti-aliasing is "Grayscale", and I'm trying to change it to "RGBA",...
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Ubuntu experience feels sluggish on modern hardware

I've installed Ubuntu on my home workstation (HP Z400 with ATI Radeon HD 5800). At the mercy of the prompt, I agreed to installing the ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver. One would think that ...
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how to see size of a window while resizing in ubuntu 11.04

before, i used ubuntu 10.04. i would resize gvim window and would see it's size while resizing. A small box would show rows x columns. this behavior is absent in ubuntu 11.04. does anyone know how to ...
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How do I get rid of ubuntu shortcuts in unity 13.10 (Intellij…)

I want to change ubuntu 13.10 shortcuts for example I want to get rid of Alt+F1 well i tried everything. The last thing I tried was ccsm and removed any reference to Alt+F1 however still when i click ...
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How to Fix schema com.canonical.indicator.datetime not installed error?

I'm trying to get back the clock in the Unity system bar. I installed unity-tweak-tool but when i try to use it I get an error and it ends. $ unity-tweak-tool Error: schema com.canonical.indicator....
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Ubuntu 12.04 blank screen after login

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit on a machine, everything went well accordingly but after login it just gives me a blank screen. During startup after BIOS message it shows "Out of range" error ...
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Is there a KDE equivalent to Zeitgeist's activity logging?

My Googling so far has revealed that people have talked about Nepomuk supporting this kind of thing, in the abstract or in future - but so far I've been unable to find out how to use it as a user.
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How to get horizontal scrolling in XMonad

I've recently started using XMonad. While I can use the trackpad to scroll through a web page vertically (top-to-bottom) I cannot use it to scroll horizontally (side-to-side). How can I set XMonad ...
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Dragging windows in Ubuntu Unity

I updated Ubuntu to version 11.04 and it uses Unity. I noticed that for most programs, I can't simply drag them around like I used to. I have to hold the alt key in order to drag them around. Is this ...
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Moving “Workspace Switcher” in Ubuntu Unity Launcher

I need the Workspace Switcher in Unity's Launcher at the very top just below Dash or Nautilus. I need this because when I run VirtualBox the commands CtrlAlt↑/↓/←/→ are not ...
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Why does Ubuntu's Unity Desktop take so long to Log Out?

You can install almost any other desktop onto Ubuntu 12.10, and it will logout way quicker than the Unity desktop does: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/1074758 Why is this, and ...
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Can't use copy&paste while using VMWare unity

I'd like to use vmware unity function, which all screens in same place,so I don't need to switch between vmware and windows. But when using unity, I can't copy text from the original windows window to ...
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Ubuntu 11.10: how to add command line parameters to application icon

I'm running the new Ubuntu 11.10 in VMWare and it is my first time using Unity. I've managed to drag the Terminal icon to the "dock" at the left side of the screen. When clicking on it, the terminal ...
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Quickly create an entry in the side bar Launcher

How to quickly create a Launcher entry for a certain command, e.g. sudo <command>? I remember older Linux (Ubuntu and others) distributions where I could right-click the panel (or desktop) and ...
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can I still use ubuntu 10.04 without security issue

I really don't like unity interface, the problem is not its interface but it doesn't provide the options to customize it. (For example, no way to put the launchbar to bottom). Hence I would like to ...
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How to turn off the unity launch bar in Ubuntu 11.10

I would like to use the Unity option in Ubuntu, but without the Unity sidebar. I've seen how I can select to use just gnome from the login screen but there are some things I like about the unity ...
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Snap windows to parts of the screen on Windows 8.1 using keyboard shortcuts like Ubuntu Unity

In Ubuntu, with the Unity desktop environment, one can move and resize applications by using the following keyboard shortcut: CTRL + ALT + 0-9 (on the Number Pad). Ctrl Alt 1 moves the current window ...
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How to map CTRL+A, CTRL+E to function as Home, End system-wide?

Is there a way to map CTRL+A and CTRL+E to work system-wide as move to beginning of line, and move to end of line correspondingly? I.e. I would like these shortcuts to seamlessly work in any app, ...
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On Ubuntu, maximize a window over two screens

EDIT: I ended up installing KDE and everything worked as expected. I think that there must be something built into Unity that simply will not allow windows to stretch over two screens in the way I was ...
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Change the order of icons in the Launcher in Ubuntu

I have a column of program shortcuts on the Launcher in Ubuntu. How can I change the order of the icons?
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Is there a way to save my workspaces through reset/shutdown?

I have several workspaces that have several terminals open in each one. I need to reboot my system, but I don't want to have to recreate each workspace after reboot. Is there a way to save the state ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Unity: how to assign applications to specific workspaces?

I always use my last workspace (workspace 4) for email and instant messaging. In KDE I could use the window menu (right-click on title bar) to tell KDE to move new Thunderbird and Pidgin windows to ...
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Is there a way to create a virtual drive in Ubuntu that contains multiple NTFS partitioned drives?

I have a dual boot set up (win 8/ubuntu 12.04) and in Ubuntu all 5 of my windows drives show up individually on the Unity launcher. It takes up a lot of space but I like being able to link directly to ...
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Ubuntu Launcher Customization

Is there some way to futher customize the Ubuntu Launcher? I would like to make a few tweaks like moving it to the right instead of left and making it "pop" in and out instead of the scrolling it ...
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Compiz/Unity - Focus window on specific monitor?

I'm on Ubuntu 15.10 using 4 monitors via an nvidia graphics card (dell XPS 8900). I almost always keep 4 full-screen applications (usually one of terminal, chrome or skype). Often I'll have multiples ...
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Installing Unity 3D on Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon

ref: http://unity.ubuntu.com/getinvolved/development/unity/#build-nux While trying to install the build dependencies, I get: "E: You must put some 'source' URIs in your sources.list" Anyone know how ...
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Gnome music pop-up window on Ubuntu 14.04

I recently installed Gnome music on a Ubuntu 14.04 system with Unity desktop. However, there is a peculiar issue. Every time I play a song several windows pop up (six same windows for each song). So ...
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Launching Animations for Unity dock not working after installing Numix-Circle Icons

After installing Numix theme and Numix-Circle Icons there are no animations (pulse, jump, etc.) in the Unity dock even though the Unity Tweak Tool says they're activated. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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How can I disable the 'unmount' option for my second internal harddisk in Ubuntu?

Edit: it seems that this is a known bug and that it is impossible. How can I disable the 'unmount' option for my second internal harddisk in Ubuntu? My system consists of a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. ...
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Buggy display when using Ubuntu 15 on virtualbox

things just sometimes stick and dont display correctly. Ubuntu 15.04 with unity. examples of faulty screens / displays that just don't seem to refresh correctly: first picture should have looked ...
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gvim (version 7.4.52 and 7.4.622) doesn't refresh properly on Ubuntu (14.04 LTS)

The problem is happening on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS running Unity desktop under vmware on Windows 7 host. My gvim is sometimes not refreshing its display unless I force it to using Ctrl+L. For example, when ...
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User Interface quality issue with some programs on windows 7

As the title explains, i have a weird issue with the UI of some programs on windows 7 (Google chrome & unity). Basically the UI looks deformed. Tool bars, fonts etc have irregular shapes to a ...
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How to turn my Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty (unity) to look like GNOME Ubuntu?

I am a beginner to Linux environment. I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 (unity) alongside windows. I would like to make my Ubuntu look like GNOME version of Ubuntu. What should i do to turn it look like ...
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Unity closes on Ubuntu Logout, but does not complete logout. (Crouton on Chromebook)

I've got a Chromebook 14 "dual-booting" Ubuntu 14.04 using Crouton with the stock Chrome OS. I've had it like this for a while with everything operating fine. As you know, Linux Distros are kind of ...
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A screen virtual LED on linux

We have some LEDs on our machine to indicate the status of Caps Lock, Num Lock etc. Now I need a virtual LED in Linux to notify something. For example, I wrote a script to monitor a website. When ...
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How to add unity-greeter in Debian wheezy with GDM 3

There are two questions I would like to ask. 1) How do we install unity-greeter in Debian wheezy with GDM 3 to have an Ubuntu style login screen ? 2) How do we have a rounded-styled login box with ...