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Linux desktop (Mint MATE) requires reboot every few days

Summary After a few days of uptime, my system starts getting slow. How can I determine the cause and fix it? Opening a Youtube video or some web-pages will freeze Firefox for an increasing amount of ...
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Desktop files disappeared suddenly

OS - linux lite. I don't get why all the files in the desktop suddenly disappeared. It is not moved anywhere. I searched through command line and checked trash folder too. What would be the cause ...
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Desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to mouse (moving/focusing/clicking UI elements)

I have an annoying problem where my desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to my mouse. This always happens randomly, at random times. Sometimes I can work for hours with no problems, sometimes this ...
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Undo accidentally minimized desktop (now all desktop icons gone)

If you have a window active and hit "[Alt]+[Space],[N]", that window will be minimized. It has happened to me a number of times that I did this while the topmost window was in fact inactive (meaning ...
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xrdp to hdmi output

I am trying to run my Raspberry Pi as a sort of mediacenter/desktop. Ideally, what I want to do is connect to the raspberry pi through my rdp client and have the output reflected to my hdmi monitor. ...
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Blue Highlighted Screen in Elementary OS

Has anyone else had the problem of a blue box, similar to area selecting in Windows, staying apparent on the desktop of Elementary? Here is how it looks, and how do I fix it?
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docker - how to run x desktop in a container?

I'm trying to set up my Linux machine to run multiple guest OSes, one of those being a Windows VM, and another a Linux container. The goal here is to prevent me from messing up the host system, while ...
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How to obtain white text color on Mate desktop?

Actually my default text icons color on Mate is a very low contrast gray tonality: I would like to have a plain white text color. After googling a lot for a solution the most exhaustive thread I've ...
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Desktop autostart not working

I have a CentOS 6 installation running Gnome. Some time ago I noticed that my desktop autostart applications are no longer running. For example in /etc/xdg/autostart I have vino set to run but it ...
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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinamon Desktop Icons Root Account

I am using Linux Mint 17.1 64 bit on vmware workstation (Windows 8.1 host). I mainly use Linux for testing programs I have written (some have to be compatible with Linux). And I want to get familiar ...
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How to launch shell script with double click in CentOS 7

I need to be able to execute an executable shell script (sh) with a double click. I set the executable flag on the permissions for the file, and yet when I double click on it, it opens in a text ...
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Use nautilus instead of thunar with desktop folders?

I've installed Nautilus and removed Thunar in a Debian Wheezy XFCE install. I've gone into the settings and set Nautilus as the default application for the file manager under Settings > Preferred ...
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Modify confgs of many hosts at once [duplicate]

I use two linux machines, home pc and server. Lets say i want to modify some config files on both systems. How can i synchronize them to make these modifications ony once? Is there option to add ...
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KDE Splash Screen doesn't disappear

Whenever I boot OpenSUSE, The KDE splash screen appears, which is normal. What is not normal, however, is that it never disappears again ! The previous session's windows just appear. KDE is ...
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Desktop gone after upgrade to Centos 6.6

I upgraded a local Centos VM from 6.5 to 6.6. After the update, no restart is needed and the desktop works. When I restart, I see the blue startup bar and CentOS 6.6 on the right side of it. When the ...
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Alsa mixer unmute problem on Thinkpad laptop

After updating my Debian jessie laptop yesterday, the mute/unmute button stopped working. The volume up/down buttons work and I can mute the sound but when I press the mute button again to un-mute, ...
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How to minimize the use of anti-aliased fonts across all my desktop environment and applications?

I have configured some applications (Emacs, xfce4-term) to use bitmapped fonts, and disabled hinting/anti-aliasing. But there are still a lot of anti-aliased fonts in my GUI desktop (xfce4). If I ...
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Where is the .xsession file in linux mint?

I would like to know how I can use start up scripts in .xsession in order to change the look of my Desktop, I assumed .xsession was in my home directory so I performed at my home directory: ls -a to ...
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name of binary vs. name in GUI

I wish I could title this better. An example seems the best way of making the point: In icedove>preferences>attachments, for 'JEPG image' one can select 'Image Viewer' or 'Use other ...'. It turns ...
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Cannot connect to CentOS 6.5 server with Ubuntu and rdesktop

I am working with a remote server with CentOS 6.5 and I have ssh access to it. Since I need to work with some graphic stuff (mostly testing webpages) I needed a rdp access to test and install a few ...
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How to disable mail search in tracker-needle?

I wish to search only my local folders. Everything was ok, until I installed thunderbird and downloaded mail. Now searches take too much time, because tracker searches the mail to. Where in the ...
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Capture timestamped X mouse events, and render a video with custom mouse pointer?

I am typically using recordmydesktop to record some application interaction; however, on my system, recordmydesktop always shows the same mouse pointer/cursor (the arrow) - regardless if, in reality, ...
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GNOME: Bottom task bar is missing/blank after upgrade

I am running kali linux, which has gnome. I just updated with apt-get update && apt-get upgrade and that completed without incident, only a little while after did I realise that my bottom ...
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linux + cant installed the package GNOME Desktop Environment on linux red-hat

I have been installed the package GNOME Desktop Environment on my red-hat machine version 6.4 in the end of the installation I get the error about missing RPM- GPG-KEY-oracle directory !!! ...
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add new category to Applications

I'm using elementary os luna. How can i add a new category to the Applications menu !?
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Add new category in Menu (Xfce)

I tried doing the following to add a new category named "Electronics" in Whisker Menu on Linux Mint 17.1 with Xfce 4.10.1: I added this text to ~/.config/menus/xfce-applications.menu just after rest ...
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Any tool to live patch X.org? I.e., reload X.org without logout and login

I'm trying minimize my number of reboots (it's a desktop Linux workstation), and I've found some nice tools that can reload the kernel without reboot: Oracle ksplice, SUSE kGraft and RedHat kpatch. ...
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Working of cd command issues [closed]

When I do cd ~/Desktop, it takes me to the Desktop. Then doing ls -a shows the hidden files . and ... Then doing cd . takes me to Desktop, but doing ls -a does not show directories . and ... Even if ...
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Linux Mint desktop displays different files from ls command

Background I'm running Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. After a botched attempt at migrating my data to a NAS, I restored my data from an external USB. Problem Statement After restoring from backup, all my ...
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Positionioning items on the desktop

I have found gvfs-info to display the data, including position, of a desktop icon, and I can set the position info of item xyz.png on the desktop by doing: gvfs-set-attribute ~/Desktop/xyz.png ...
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LXDM resolution too small on laptop when started with external screen

I have a laptop with small screen resolution, and when I connect external monitor before boot, it keeps resolution of the laptop screen, until I log in. I'm using LXDM. How to fix it?
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Starting a Linux desktop from CLI [closed]

I can login to a lab Linux CLI, but have no further info on the install. Is there a generic command for starting a default DE/WM; I seem to recall "startx" would run a default X11 setup, but am ...
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how to determine in what viewport (compiz/unity) a window is placed?

I am writing a script that requires determining in what viewport a window is placed. My desktop is 2x2 (4 viewports), it is usually thought as being 4 virtual desktops but on compiz/unity it is ...
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Synaptics touchpad LED support

How to enabled support the LED in Synaptics touchpads? I'm use Debian Jessie and xserver-xorg-input-synaptics ver. 1.8.1-1. I'm find patches by Takashi Iwai from SUSE for supporting the LED in ...
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indicator-cpufreq in arch linux

I'm an Ubuntu user testing out Arch Linux. So far I'm happy. On Ubuntu I used the indicator-cpufreq applet to control power profile both on Unity and Gnome-shell. On Arch, I cannot figure out how ...
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ElementaryOS desktop messed up after trying to get NVIDIA drivers to work.

I've been trying to get the NVIDIA drivers to work on my Lenovo Y50 (GTX 860m) for a while. After installing them and rebooting, I get a black screen with some unhelpful text, which I usually remedied ...
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First KDE Session

I was curious, so I installed kde alongside gnome (which I use primarily, for the matter). I am running arch linux, and I installed kde using yaourt, by the following command: yaourt -Syua # ...
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Custom desktop launcher search path in Ubuntu

I know I can write a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications or ~/.local/share/applications, but can I add new folders to the search path similar to the $PATH environment variable? For example, I ...
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Xampp GUI panel was working in GNOME desktop but now wont in KDE (Kali)

Installed Kali with a gnome dektop (or gnome fallback). Added KDE Desktop and left Gnome in place XAMPP control panel would show under this command (Before KDE change) user@Hades:/opt/lampp$ sudo ...
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Fully disable workspaces feature

I've just installed Linux Mint and I am wondering how to fully disable or uninstall the workspaces feature. I've already removed the Window Switcher applet from the bottom panel but this doesn't fully ...
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How do I show desktop icons in Elementary OS?

How can I show icons on the desktop in Elementary OS Luna? I tried using "gnome-tweak-tool" and "gconf-editor" but they didn't work.
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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 ...