wrapper for starting the unity shell and handling fallback
add an example, a script, a trick and tips
unity &> /dev/null & disown
How to continue using GNOME2 with Ubuntu or a derived distribution?
Linux Mint is
a Ubuntu derivative that is currently continuing with Gnome 2.
They also have a project in place to address some of the concerns
that Gnome users have with Gnome 3, and are making a more Gnome2y
version of it.
Launching gnome-shell-timer in Unity?
You probably just need to add the applet to the panel. I am not
running gnome at the moment but it should be something like Right
Click on the panel => "Add applet to panel" or "Panel
properties" or similar.
Ubuntu 12.04 blank screen after login
"Out of range" error
This is not from your BIOS. This is coming from your monitor. It
is a message from your monitor that whatever signal is being sent
to it is out of the display range capabilities of the monitor.
Most likely it is the resolution of the text-only mode that you
would see while the system is loading, especially considering
that when you attempt to return to it by bringing up the console,
you get that error again.
EDIT Just to be clear, there are two separate
issues here. The Out of Range issue isn't related to why Ubuntu
doesn't load fully once the GUI is up.
Dragging windows in Ubuntu Unity
Yes, it is intended that you can drag your windows when you
invoke your Alt key. I don't have a reasonable answer
for why it is like this.
If you are looking to simplify the dragging process, you can drag
the windows around without using Alt key by clicking
on the title bar and dragging like you normally do.
Is there a WinSplit Revolution style window manager for Ubuntu Unity (11.10)?
The same key combination works in Ubuntu 11.10 using Unity 3D
(not sure about Unity 2D). Place focus on the desired window then
press and hold CTRL + ALT + any of the numpad keys. You can
position the window in any corner or even center of screen.
Repeated use of the same number will resize the window while
keeping it in the desired screen corner.
Unity Window Manager should be short for Unity.
Ubuntu Geek has a short list of keyboard shortcuts that you might
find useful: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/list-of-ubuntu-unity-keyboard-shortcuts.html.
As an alternative you can install the CompizConfig Settings
Manager, either from the Ubuntu Software Center or from the
command prompt (sudo apt-get install ccsm), and dig through the
Ubuntu Unity Plugin, and other plugins for that matter, to learn
the other shortcuts.
Is there a way to create a virtual drive in Ubuntu that contains multiple NTFS partitioned drives?
This would be a good resource if you wanted to get into the code:
There are two kinds of Quicklists: the static ones which are
always shown once on right-click from the launcher entry and
dynamic ones which are only displayed once the application is
Static Quicklist entries
Adding a Static Quicklist entry is very easy, all you need is
to add some support to the desktop file. This is based on the
desktop file formats Action Groups.
Here is what needs to be added to gnome-screenshot to support
[Desktop Action Screen] Name=Take a Screenshot of the Whole
Screen Exec=gnome-screenshot OnlyShowIn=Unity;
[Desktop Action Window] Name=Take a Screenshot of the Current
Window Exec=gnome-screenshot -w OnlyShowIn=Unity;
Actions is referencing a Desktop Action. Each Desktop Action
references an item entry in the Quicklist. Here, we have the
"Screen" and "Window" entries, corresponding to :
[Desktop Action entry]
Then, each group have:
a Name=, which is the entry as it's displayed which should be in title case.
an Exec= referring a command line to execute once clicked. Details on additional syntax.
OnlyShowIn=Unity is recommended to tell "show that entry in the Unity Springboard Quicklist" so that the file can be given upstream
without the possibility of showing up in other untested desktop
environments. Please let upstream projects decide if they want
to have this action shown more widely.
In the desktop spec there is a full desktop file sample with
actions. Here is an example of a patch for gnome-utils using
the old X-Ayatana style, but shows how to format the patch,
with links to ubuntu bug and forwarded upstream.
Ubuntu 12.04 Unity: how to assign applications to specific workspaces?
This can be done using devilspie, preferably with the GUI gdevilspie.
From gDevilspie in Launchpad:
Devils Pie is an application that allows you to run a
particular application inside a particular workspace within
your GNOME panner in a particular manor.
gDevils Pie is a graphical front-end for editing the Devils Pie
configuration file. gDevils Pie also allows you to stop and
start the Devils Pie daemon.
Install gdevilspie with the suggested add-on
devilspie from the Software Center or
execute the following command in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install gdevilspie
Open gdevilspie (Alt + F2,
Check Start devilspie daemon automatically at login.
To automatically move a new instance of Thunderbird to workspace
4, do the following:
Open gdevilspie and click Add.
Enter a name (e.g., Thunderbird).
Check the property window_name and enter
Thunderbird in contain(s).
Change to the tab Actions.
Check the property Set_workspace and enter
4 in workspace.
Re(start) the daemon by clicking Stop (if
running), then Start.
HOW: Ubuntu Linux in Bengali?
You may have a look in the
Language support app
(accessible from Unity).
Install / Remove Languages Choose
Bengali in the list.
And finally, put Bengali at the top of the list in
for menus and windows.
And click on Apply System-Wide.
Along the process, some packages should be installed.
How can I get OS/X-like switch windows of same program bound to hotkey with linux GUIs?
Unity already has this feature. Just use Alt+` to switch between
windows of the same alpplication. This question
xwindows working but not unity desktop
sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm.
If that doesn't work, try opening
/etc/X11/default-display-manager in nano/whatever text editor you
as root and replace whatever's in there with
usr/bin/lightdm or "
That should work after your reboot.
unity program can be used to start the Unity shell as
a compiz module, and to specify how to handle logging,
debugging, as well as how to deal with the user’s
Runs unity under debugging
(using GDB or another debugger tool) to help tracking
issues. Should only be used on request from a developper
following a bug report.
This parameter, followed by a
path or filename, tells the Unity shell to store logs in the
This option allows the user to
reset profile parameters in compiz and restart the Unity
shell with default settings.
This option turns on displaying
additional debugging output for the Unity shell. It can be
used by the user to debug configuration issues. This option
is often used along with the --log option
to save output to a file.