Ubuntu 19.04 desktop “home” folder icon: unable to modify

When I right click on the desktop “home” icon -which by defaut shows a house-, then I shift the icon on Properties>Basic tab by double-clicking the icon and selecting another one.

Here it changes, but the desktop one remains unchanged.

In earlier ubuntus (so far 14, 16 and 18) this used to work flawless.

Any idea? Regards in advance…

Can my school see what I’m doing on my laptop at home?

I’m a bit paranoid, but I want to know if my school can see what I’m browsing while logged into my school account but on my home network with my own laptop. I have brought my laptop to school previously and have used their wifi (if that makes a difference). I log in to my school account on chrome but on guest, so every time I exit it erases my history and logs out of my account, but I’m wondering if they can see what I’m browsing on my home account while still logged onto their account from guest chrome? I’m not very tech-y so I don’t really know how anything works, but any answers would be appreciated! Thank you.

Nvidia 1070 on home built system wtih ubuntu Disco Dingo – Various problems

I started off trying to update my computer and this has been now a few weekends of hell. This is a self-built desktop with an Nvidia GEForce 1070 graphics card


(primary)-display manager will not load. Currently trying sddm, but basically the same symptoms with lightdm, gdm, and slim.

(secondary)- I have Nvidia in order to run with tensorflow, but I was only able to get that working without having display and have since removed those and am not without working nvidia or display.

(tertiary) – It never shows me the grub menu – I’d be willing to scrap this thing and reboot from USB, but I can’t figure it out. I can’t even get into my bios, which I’m not sure if that’s because I have an HDMI monitor, but it just shows blank.

  • I have tried toggling wayland
  • Installed/uninstalled nvidia drivers (430) from the repository or using their run libraries with ( I get an error: “unable to load nvidia-drm”)
  • I actually upgraded from Bionic to Disco just to see if that would help
  • I’ve moved display managers from sddm, lightdm, slim, and gdm3
  • I realize that it keeps using nouveau and I have yet to get it to stop using nouveau despite adding to a blacklist, setting modeset=0 nomodeset=0, and nouveau.modeset=0

I would appreciate any and all help.

Hardware 7: PCI 100.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA) [Created at pci.386] <..removed for brevity.> Hardware Class: graphics card Model: “nVidia GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070]” Vendor: pci 0x10de “nVidia Corporation” Device: pci 0x1b81 “GP104 [GeForce GTX 1070]” <..removed for brevity.> Driver Info #0: Driver Status: nvidiafb is not active Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe nvidiafb” Driver Info #1:

Driver Status: nouveau is not active Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe nouveau" 

Driver Info #2:

Driver Status: nvidia_drm is not active Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe nvidia_drm" 

Driver Info #3:

Driver Status: nvidia is not active Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe nvidia" 

Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown Attached to: #13 (PCI bridge)

28: PCI 02.0: 0380 Display controller [Created at pci.386] Hardware Class: graphics card Device Name: “Onboard IGD” Model: “Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Desktop)” Vendor: pci 0x8086 “Intel Corporation” Device: pci 0x3e92 “UHD Graphics 630 (Desktop)” SubVendor: pci 0x1458 “Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd” SubDevice: pci 0xd000 Driver: “i915” Driver Modules: “i915” <..removed for brevity.>

Driver Info #0:

Driver Status: i915 is active Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe i915" 

Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown

Primary display adapter: #17

grub GRUB_DEFAULT=0 GRUB_TIMEOUT=12 GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”nouveau.modeset=0″ GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”nouveau.modeset=0″

**modprobe sddm ** (errors) sddm.service – Simple Desktop Display Manager Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/sddm.service; indirect; vendor preset: enabled) Active: failed (Result: core-dump) since Sun 2019-08-18 19:13:20 EDT; 20s ago Docs: man:sddm(1) man:sddm.conf(5) Process: 6080 ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c [ “$ (cat /etc/X11/default-display-manager 2>/dev/null)” = “/usr/bin/sddm” ] (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS) Process: 6082 ExecStart=/usr/bin/sddm (code=dumped, signal=ABRT) Main PID: 6082 (code=dumped, signal=ABRT)

Aug 18 19:13:18 dirac systemd[1]: sddm.service: Failed with result ‘core-dump’.

Aug 18 19:13:20 dirac systemd[1]: sddm.service: Service RestartSec=1s expired, scheduling restart.

Aug 18 19:13:20 dirac systemd[1]: sddm.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 5.

Aug 18 19:13:20 dirac systemd[1]: Stopped Simple Desktop Display Manager.

Aug 18 19:13:20 dirac systemd[1]: sddm.service: Start request repeated too quickly.

Aug 18 19:13:20 dirac systemd[1]: sddm.service: Failed with result ‘core- dump’.

Aug 18 19:13:20 dirac systemd[1]: Failed to start Simple Desktop Display Manager.

Aug 18 19:13:20 dirac systemd[1]: sddm.service: Triggering OnFailure= dependencies.

things I’ve read/tried/are reasonably close to issues I have




[How To] Install Latest NVIDIA Drivers In Linux




Is it a bad idea to push everything in my home folder to a private repo on GitHub?

And if so, why?

I have two ubuntu 18.04 machines that I use for work. One at home and one in the office. I use git and github a lot already. I make configuration changes to files in my home directory often (eg, .pgpass file for postgres etc) and I want those changes replicated between the machines, without me having to remember to explicitly sync them when I leave each one. Using source control makes sense to me, as I want to be able to rewind changes if I mess something up.

However, I’m worried that if I set up a process to sync everything in my home folder, I might accidentally push files that I shouldn’t (eg passwords). I know that I can tell git to ignore everything except the files I explicitly tell it to stage, but then I would lose the option of having it automatically sync everything. Is there a simple git ignore file pattern that would suit my needs?

I would rather not set up a private repo server as I then have to worry about keeping it running.

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Can’t unlock home folder; Encryption password no longer works

(https://i.stack.imgur.com/jPWkF.jpg) I’ve been using Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS on my HP ProBook 470 G3 for about 2 years now with my home folder encrypted and my password now suddenly doesn’t work anymore.

I didn’t perform any upgrades or do anything different and the passphrase is a very simple one that I’m 100% sure of. I’m in a live cd environment now and still can’t access the home folder (pic related).

Is there anything I can do to resolve this? I read some other answers where people had issues with their keyboard layout but that doesn’t seem to apply to me. Let me know if there’s anymore information you need. Thanks.