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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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Desktop shortcuts in Elementary OS

Is there any way to have files in desktop in Elementary Luna OS. I have checked and tried installing tweak but couldn't move the files to desktop.
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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 ...
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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 ...