Desktop is a set of unifying concepts used by graphical user interfaces to help users more easily interact with the computer.

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How can I embed a console app's output into my X11 desktop?

I'd like to view NetHogs output on my desktop. For example, do any Conky or applets on Cinnamon exist, so I don't need to have a terminal open all the time?
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Pruning the list of running GUI applications that have been “idle” for > 24 hours?

I open lots of GUI applications -- mostly, instances of Nautilus or Terminal -- without closing them promptly. Consequently, my list of active applications gets big. Besides the drain on the RAM, ...
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What are the difference between SLED and RHEL WorkStation?

What are the difference between SLED and RHEL WorkStation? What are the advantages over community supported distros?
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How do I get a .desktop in KDE to open a new browser window?

I setup a link to web app that my company uses on my desktop, which resulted in a .desktop file like this: [Desktop Entry] Icon=/home/kris/Pictures/gplus.png Name[en_US]=Google Plus Name=Google Plus ...
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GTK: Specify application foreground and background color on command line

In the old days, all X11 applications would take standard command-line arguments to specify things like foreground/background color. Is there a way to do that today for GTK applications? In particular ...
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Is it possible to switch the user logged in to desktop environment via the terminal?

Is there any possibility to login as a different user while changing also the environment (or how do you say the wallpaper, shortcuts,...) via terminal command like su, ssh or login? Like when you ...
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Screen stretching on Mint Cinnamon after hard reboot

I've been running 64-bit Linux Mint Cinnamon for a couple of years now on my current hardware. I upgraded to Qiana a month ago and hadn't had any problems with it. This morning my machine locked up ...
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How to catch keystrokes in Linux environment

I need a C code to be executed when some particular keys are pressed in Linux "Desktop" environment. What are the ways to register for such an event and How? Should I write ISR for that? I need an ...
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Show icons for open windows on multiple desktop panels

By default, the bottom desktop panel in centos(6) gnome displays icons for all open windows in the workspace. However, with two monitors, these icons are frequently sitting in my blind spots, causing ...
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'Refresh-save' a file, dock problem?

A bit of context: I followed the bug reports on Docky (link1, link2, and all the other links in these links...) and managed to make Plank recognize IntelliJ IDEA using the right StartupWMClass on the ...
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show filesystem instead of “places” in gtk file chooser

In almost any program, when I click on open, a file chooser dialog opens as shown below. This dialog shows recently used files Desktop and so on. This is extremely annoying. I would like to see my ...
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Screen flickering (only on desktop) with Fedora 20, but why?

I'm using Fedora 20 and since I returned from the weekend, my screen flickers very fast. This occurs only on the desktop (excluding the menubar, with the fedora-menu and the clock, etc.) and the ...
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How do I make an application beep when I click on it to launch it?

Summary: I use Debian with LXDE desktop environment. On the Panel that runs along the bottom of the desktop, there are small program icons (such as for File Manager, Konsole, Kate editor). When I ...
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Modify the right click options when clicking a desktop icon

I'm wanting to restrict a standard user from being able to right click a desktop icon in Linux (Raspberry Pi running Debian wheezy). I don't want to disable the use of the right click totally (like ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop manager

How do I activate the desktop manager? I'm getting the error message "desktop manager inactive" after installing, then removing Cairo. When looking for alternative desktop pictures, I installed ...
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Which Desktop Linux version can run decently on For P4 & 750MB Ram

I just installed Ubunta 13.10 on an old P4 with 750MB Ram, but the system is running too slow to be used for anything. I had XP running on it and worked fast enough to use, but I decided I wanted to ...
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How do I change the way of switching the workspaces in Cinamon 16?

I'm on Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon. It's pretty annoying for me that the switcher for the workspaces is on left top corner and whenever I get the mouse cursor there by mistake, the workspace switcher ...
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exclude certain key combinations from being passed via rdesktop

When connected via rdesktop to a remote machine, normally all keys pressed inside the active rdesktop window are transferred to the remote machine. Is it possible to define key strokes, which are ...
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Changed background on Kali Linux and now desktop is buggy

I have been running the latest version of Kali Linux for about a month now. I got tired of seeing the default Kali Linux login screen, so I looked up how to change it. The answer I found said: Go ...
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Set lightdm user picture

How can I set user pictures on Debian with lightdm? Xfce does not seem to have a GUI facility for user management at all. I have tried installing gnome-system tools that contains user management ...
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Lose gnome3 wallpaper

My wallpaper is now white, the icons are displayed, but the app in parameters/background does not launch. In gconf, /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename is set to a valid image (I can see my ...
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How to install a Desktop Environment on Ubuntu after basic server installation

I downloaded Ubuntu-Server 12.04.3 LTS and cut a CD. Installed it, logged in as user, sudo -i as root. The basic installation has no desktop environment or so it appears. I did some reading and for ...
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Fedora 20: Anyway to install the default tools which comes with Fedora-Gnome on Cinnamon?

I just did a fresh install of Fedora 20 and chose Cinnamon as my desktop. To my surprise, Gnome was not install at all.. and thus I feel am I missing a bunch of "stuff" that's normally included in a ...
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Unable to extend desktop with USB display adapter and libdlo

Anyone familiar with using libdlo for DisplayLink's USB display adapters? I've followed the instruction steps from README file of libdlo Install a compatible libusb version (0.13) $ ./configure ...
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Why is Debian Wheezy not displaying desktop icons?

After freshly installing Debian with Gnome 3, I cannot enable desktop icons. I tried to use dconf-editor, but all values were locked. I tried sudo dconf-editor: The option was changeable but had no ...
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How to refresh the desktop background in various desktop environments? [closed]

In XFCE 4.10 I can refresh my desktop background with xfdesktop --reload. I would like to know how I can do the same for as many as possible other desktop environments (Unity, KDE, LXDE, Mate, ...
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Exec in “.desktop” with arguments don't work?

I need help, I made a script, this script run a getopts; the script have some options example: ./people -n 0ad I need make a desktop entry, running the above example, but wasn't run the 'Exec' in ...
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Locking windows on desktop in Openbox [duplicate]

How can I protect a window from being hidden by the ToggleShowDesktop global action? I've found that Openbox 3.5 can do that trick only for windows with the desktop or dock type. For example, ...
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Ubuntu screen is small in VMware

I have installed Ubuntu at VMware. But I have a problem, and I do not know how to solve it. When I have the virtual machine as a window, to can at the same time have access to my windows at my host ...
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Why I cannot move to trash from /var/tmp?

I just found out on Fedora 20, that neither with Thunar nor Nautilus (I'm using Xfce4 here), I can't move file from /var/tmp to Trash. More precisely, in Nautilus the menu option is not available, ...
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Desktop freezes, how to troubleshoot.

I am running Linux Mint Debian Edition (Cinamon desktop). Since a recent upgrade it crashes quite a lot. Well the desktop sort of stops responding. The mouse still moves a pointer on screen, but ...
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How to Change Size of Desktop

UPDATE: It appears my icons are appearing below my screen. This is part of a screenshot, but I cannot see it on my monitor: I am running Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon. I changed the size of my panel, ...
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How do you change the desktop theme in CentOS?

I have a couple of questions, and am a complete newbie, so please be kind. How do you change the desktop theme in CentOS? How does one download CentOS themes from the internet? How do you install ...
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Boot desktop from laptop connected by USB

Would it be possible to have laptop with some Linux, that I would be able to connect to any desktop with USB-USB cable, and boot something from that laptop? (its actual OS or something different ...
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How to unlock/unfreeze the desktop on Linux Mint 16 kde

I have just installed Linux Mint 16 kde and started to populate my desktop with my favorite programs. I find that the icons are frozen in place on the desktop. What I want to do is have the icons ...
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How to turn off/speed up desktop switching in Ubuntu 13.10?

In my standard Ubuntu desktop I defined four workspaces. When I switch between them (e.g. use a key shortcut), I see the new workspace move in while the old workspace moves out of the screen. So far ...
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Config to re-enable gtk2 tear-off menus?

Following an apt-get update on Debian jessie/sid, several Gtk2 applications no longer have tear-off menus enabled. I'm aware that this is a deprecated capability of Gtk (and disagree strongly with ...
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Change confirm-box default positions

I would like to change default position of confirm boxes. For example: When I clicking on Shutdown button, the confirm box position is located on Top-Left by default. How do I change default ...
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Open .desktop files in text editor by default

I wonder if it's possible to open files with the .desktop suffix in a text editor of choice by a simple double-click in a file manager. Even assigning the corresponding MIME type to a text editor with ...
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How can I open a window on a different monitor?

With multiple monitors, I have so far been dragging windows manually around. Is there a way to make a window open on a specific screen in a dual-head setup? (Not to be confused with multiple X server ...
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Is it possible to install bottom launcher on Debian 7

I want to install Debian 7 on a laptop and have tried to read some information about this platform. On this review, Review Debian Squeeze 6.0.5 : The Father of Linux Distro , I saw the last slide ...
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Can't install Linux Mint Cinnamon nor Ubuntu while switchable graphics turned on

I've got Lenovo G500 intel i5 with switchable graphics (Intel and AMD Radeon HD 8579M). When I try to install Linux Mint Petra Cinnamon, when switchable graphics are on by the bios, live CD can't ...
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Where is my Cursor?

My OS is Ubuntu 13.10, I use the following code to remove the KDE desktop installed before: sudo apt-get purge kde* And then use the following code to install GNOME 3.10: sudo ...
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Backintime Linux desktop backup to a Synology DiskStation

Backintime doesn't support plain SFTP backends so it does not seem to be easy to setup a remote backup to a Synology Diskstation (in my case a DS214 with DSM 4.3). Backintime supports SSH/rsync based ...
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Cinnamon (Petra) crashed. Opens in fallback mode

I'm not an expert on linux. My cinnamon (petra) just started to chrash on logons and I have no opinion for what did I do wrong. I have found a set of errors on my .xsession-errors. The below one is ...
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Splitting the Home dir two different partitions

I run a Ubuntu desktop environment with two harddisks. A small SSD and a large regular disk. Currently i run a setup where my home drive is located on /home/name, but some folders e.g. Downloads ...
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Ubuntu Precise — suspend wedges GDM — help!

I've been a very happy Ubuntu user for many years, and worked my way past any number of problems, but I've never seen anything like this. Recently I got a new machine and installed 12.04 Precise on ...
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How does the Linux desktop perform system actions?

The Linux desktop can perform several actions which is otherwise not available to the user when logged in from a terminal. Actions such as system shutdown, and changing system time are accessible only ...
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SSH via PuTTY: launch gnome-session and gnome-panel in one Window

I'm connecting to a Linux machine from my Windows desktop via PuTTY. I'm running Xming on my Windows PC so that I can remote display X windows applications. Loading individual graphical programs works ...
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deleted user is still an option in gnome login in Debian 6

I'm running Debian 6.0.8. I misnamed the original username I wanted, so I made a new user with the proper username. On the gnome log on screen, I see two users of the same name (the login screen ...