Questions related to the general behaviour or configuration of desktop environments, especially in cases involving several DEs. For questions specific to one DE, see the associated tags (eg. [gnome], [kde], ...).

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executing shell script from launcher, slow to end/complete the script

I am using a bash script to rotate my screen via xrandr. To make it easier to use I added the script to the unity launcher. The problem I have encountered with this is that the script seems to ...
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How to change Mint KDE to Cinnamon edition

I installed Mint 17.2 KDE, after a time upgraded to 17.3, and after another time, I installed Cinnamon DE and completely purged all packages related to KDE. Now I want to upgrade to Mint 18 Cinnamon. ...
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Desktop environment hangs after upgrade to Fedora 24

After Upgrade from F23 via dnf system-upgrade, my computer boots fine to the login screen. But after logging into any desktop environment (GNOME, Gnome on Wayland, Cinnamon, Xfce) and starting an ...
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How do I set Gnome as default DE if I am already using Cinnamon?

I think (let's be clear maybe I am complete wrong) I have installed Gnome by running the following command: yum groupinstall "GNOME" Now I want to get rid of Cinammon and use Gnome by default but I ...
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How do I get my app to appear in the Applications list?

I have created a .deb package that copies files to the /opt/MyAppName directory. However, it does not appear in the Applications list, and I am unsure how to make that happen. How do I make my app ...
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Desktop environment without greeter

I recently installed Arch Linux (for the first time) and now want to install a Desktop Environment. Since I really like the jus terminal feel and would like to keep a non desktop environment for all ...
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cannot switch to lxde in gnome3

I installed lxde on ubuntu gnome: sudo apt-get install lxde. But after I logout, I cannot choose LXDE as session. Only default and gnome appear. Did I miss something ?
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How to configure XFCE to handle keyboard shortcuts\hotkeys on key-release\up, not key-press

While using an application on XFCE, pressing a keyboard shortcut\hotkey that overlaps with an XFCE hotkey, I find the XFCE hotkey effect taking place instead. For instance, Eclipse IDE has the hotkey:...
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Which desktop environment does Maru OS use?

Maru OS has merged Android and GNU userlands into a single OS. It looks like it's based on Android Lollipop and Debian. Which desktop environment does it use for its desktop mode?
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External monitor signal on resume from suspend

Linux Mint XFCE 17.3 Config: XFCE config (xfconf) external monitor disabled X (-configure)d on terminal, creates xorg.conf, # screen 1 "vga monitor" - line ignored with number sign on serverlayout. /...
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GTK3 Widgets Rendered Badly, Depending on Theme

I'm trying to figure out why the widgets in GTK3 windows are messed up, whereas widgets in GTK2 windows seem to be okay. Here we see the file browser SpaceFM, next to the Xfce4 appearance/theme ...
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What desktop environment was Joli OS based on?

I know Joli OS was based on Ubuntu (or some Ubuntu flavour), but what DE was it based on? Or had it built its very own?
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Automatically set Light and Dark Themes to interchange at Given times

I have a specific setting for my light theme and darker theme to use at night.How can I automate the interchange process.?
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Desktop environment that can pin a workspace to an external monitor

Is it possible to "pin" the contents of one workspace to an external monitor (projector) while being able to see its content on the laptop's built-in screen? I'm on Arch Linux and am ready to test ...
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Arch Linux : no screen found with nvidia graphics card

Installing arch linux+XFCE4 on MSI laptop with nvidia gtx950M and intel 530 graphics card. When I type startx no screen found. Error is shown. Full /var/log/Xorg.0.log and xorg.conf. The output of "...
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Random applications starts after log in

Recently I've changed desktop environment from fluxbox to KDE. After that weird things starts to happen . Firstly I noticed that even if I'm logging into kde, my fluxbox startup applications are ...
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Desktop Environment with good HiDPI support

My Lenovo notebook has a 14" display with 1920x1080 as native resolution. So running at this makes the UI elements very small, so I'm looking for a desktop environment (currently running bare Arch ...
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In ubuntu, how to run an application in KISOK [single application] mode?

I have a Qt application, which I want to run in the Embedded device, ubuntu OS. KIOSK [Single application] mode without giving any control to use the OS or other features. But I am using the WICD ...
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XFCE session is ruined after installing LXQt

I installed LXQt from Terminal in Debian while I was in Xfce, then switched to LXQt session to see how it looks, however, after switching back to Xfce all window controls (buttons, progress bars, ...
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How to write a simple mutter plugin?

I want to create a very simple Desktop Environment using mutter or libmutter. I found out that mutter is a very simple wm but it can only be customized if I write a plugin for it. so I want to create ...
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Does xubuntu desktop environment installed in mint give same battery performance as original xubuntu os

I have found that Xubuntu provides a better battery life than mint. I want to install xubuntu desktop environment in my mint os. The main reason is saving battery life. I want to know whether xubuntu ...
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How to install another desktop-environment in Linux (Gnome -> Xfce)?

I have to installed XFCE instead of Gnome in Arch. Apart pacman -S and pacman -R commands, what else should I do? Will I have to remove gnome from "recovery mode" or what? I guess it's not possible to ...
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Is there a FreeDesktop command to open an open-with dialog similar to xdg-open?

is there a (FreeDesktop) Linux command to open an "open-with" dialog similar to xdg-open? I'm searching for some general desktop environment independent solution for showing something like this: ...
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How to start xfce after installing it?

I've installed last version of Slackware on my Android tablet (Lenovo a5500-hv) and I've installed xfce too. But when I want to run it using the command startxfce4, it fails with this error: /usr/bin/...
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Can someone point me to documentation for key, value pairs for autostart desktop files

I've been searching for documentation for the key,value pairs in the gnome desktop autostart files. I have 4 virtual desktops/workspaces that I switch between and I want to autostart applications in 3 ...
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How to implement Kubuntu icons to vanilla plasma desktop in archlinux?

Kubuntu's plasma version uses a different iconset than archlinux' vanilla plasma version. The icons in the vanilla version are mostly rounded and colorful, the Kubuntu icons are flat and monochrome. ...
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Setting the LANG environment variable for xfce

I am on a multi user Debian Stretch system which has en_US.UTF-8 as default locale, but I want de_DE.UTF-8 for my user. I was able to set it for terminals, by adding export LANG=de_DE.UTF-8 to ~/....
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Stuck in failsafe xterm session

When I log in through the login screen, I'm presented with the following message: This is the failsafe xterm session. To get out of this mode type 'exit' in the window in the upper left corner ...
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How to start mutter as a xsession?

I am making a Desktop Environment (DE) in which I will be using the mutter Window Manager (WM) as the default WM. I am new to DE's and WM's. So how do I start it in a script and pack it in the ...
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Launching application without titlebar and window decorations

I want to launch VLC without the titlebar and window decoration. I'm using the following line to launch VLC: vlc -I dummy --no-video-deco --no-embedded-video test.mpg Unfortunately this doesn't ...
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What is desktop manager of Mint?

Quick question for Linux Mint users, what is desktop manager in Linux Mint? (I mean manager, which handle icons on desktop, wallpapers, etc.. I dont mean DE)
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Install multiple XAMPP with multiple PHP versions. Each to simulate a different production Server

In Windows you can install or unzip multiple "portable" XAMPP Servers side by side. This was very helpful, because that way I could configure each XAMPP server to simulate a different production ...
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Is Enlightenment a full DE or just a WM?

I installed Enlightenment on my Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon. I thought it was just a Window Manager that I could switch to and use within Cinnamon. However, I found that I had to log out to my display ...
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What controls the design of the context menu and what controls the interaction with the context menu?

I was trying to see if it would be possible to customize the way my context menu looks. I don't want a theme, I want to make the context menu square or circular or something similar to that. Would ...
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What is the story behind Client Side Decorations?

So, Gnome apps currently use exclusive Client Side Decorations, with GTK Header Bar containing buttons, menus, title. What is the story behind implementing Client Side Decorations? Is it Gnome ...
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Is it possible to change the default window animation in Gnome Shell (preferably to fade in/out)?

Instead of the default zoom in/out animations when opening and closing windows in Gnome Shell, is it possible to have a fade in/out animation? I am mostly interested in this because when opening a ...
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Desktop interface for new Linux user [closed]

I am going to give my nephew a new laptop for his birthday. It will be running RHEL 7.1 for the OS. I have been tinkering with various desktop replacements but am afraid he needs something very "...
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Is Unity the only desktop environment that supports keyboard shortcuts to launch and focus programs, and does not group webapps with the browser?

I am looking for a Linux DE (or DE + dock/panel combo) that allows me to use keyboard shortcuts to launch a program or switch focus to the program if it is already running. I would also like to run ...
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debian gnome3 running script after x starts

I have a command that I need to run after x starts for all users but before I log in. #enable backlight setpci -v -H1 -s 00:01.00 BRIDGE_CONTROL=0 #remembers the previous backlight brightness echo /...
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How to disable the wallpaper manager in various DEs?

I'm making a script that sets the background image/wallpaper using feh. However, feh only works for WMs and DEs with no wallpaper manager (such as i3, xmonad, openbox, etc etc). I want to know how to ...
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How to completely but safely remove KDE from Mint?

The original system that has been installed is Linux Mint KDE 17.1 Rebecca, later upgraded to Linux Mint KDE 17.2 Rafaela. Onto which I have installed Cinnamon desktop environment yesterday. I am ...
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Simply type to search in the default KDE Desktop/Activity

In KDE, one can create new Activities, which are a sort of different types of Desktops (sets of workspaces) with specific characteristics: To specify each activity there are various options. ...
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Access images in Mint 17.2

Linux Mint 17.2 has lots of magnificent images that appear on the login screen. I would like to use these images for other things, such as the desktop background. Can anyone tell me where I might ...
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Cinnamon Panel is completely unresponsive

I'm using a Debian Stretch box with xfce, but I wanted to try cinnamon for some time. When I switch to cinnamon (2.6.13 from the debian repositories) in the login screen the desktop loads up fine, ...
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How do I enable choosing all of my installed desktop environments on Fedora 23?

I installed Fedora 23 with GNOME. Then, I used the command sudo dnf install @mate-desktop @kde-desktop @xfce-desktop @lxde-desktop @cinnamon-desktopto install MATE, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, and Cinnamon. ...
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How to extract packages from Fedora live CD?

I wanted to install the lxde desktop environment from the Fedora spin live CD on my virtual machine. Initially I tried to set up the local repo. YUM is able to find the local repo but it's not able to ...
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Fedora 23: Changing from Plasma to MATE

I am running Fedora 23 with Plasma desktop env. I just installed MATE using the command: dnf install mate-desktop but in the login screen I can't see "MATE" as an option for desktop env. I only see ...
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Difference lubuntu openbox-session: Asked because of aplication error

I am trying to run a packaged Electron application at startup to create a "kiosk" system.When i use it in a fresh install of Lubuntu all seems to work fine. When i install openbox and slim on Ubuntu ...
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Do all Linux distros and Desktop Environments have to be opensource?

I have always been under the impression that all Linux distros and Desktop Environments must be free and opensource. Is this correct? If so, how do I go about acquiring a source from one that's ...
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.conkyrc - how to set real transparency

It's long time I'm trying to fix my .conkyrc configuration file in order to set real transparency. There are many post out there about it, but none of them helped in my case, it seems the solution ...