How to create custom Unity shortcuts

Application shortcuts can be added to Unity by creating special .desktop files in /usr/share/applications/. These shortcut definitions appear in the Dash from where they can be dragged to the Unity launcher. Creating a simple shortcut These files follow a simple syntax: they consist of groups and key-value pairs. Groups are used to define addi...

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Fixing IOMMU issues on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

Installation of Ubuntu 14.04 (or any other distro really) on a configuration with an AMD 970 + SB950 chipset is not as straightforward as you may think. In my particular case, the motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3. I will describe some workarounds I’ve found, while trying to make the penguins happy. Tieing the shoolaces The first issue ar...

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