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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Completely disable GNOME for my user in Ubuntu

At the office we've been issued laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed. Unity is of course the OS default, but KDE is available. I prefer KDE and so have set KDM and KDE as my defaults. However some GNOME ...
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Understanding linux desktop

I use debian wheezy xfce and want to set up my desktop. But I read some settings are redundant. Hence I want to understand how everything works, but I am massively lost. Can someone please sort, ...
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How to restore the original Backtrack Taskbar

I accidentally removed the my taskbar on Backtrack 5 and am having trouble returning it. If I minimize anything it gets lost and I can't access it again. How do I go about restoring it?
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Which desktop environments let you switch to a non-default window manager?

I used to use fvwm as the window manager under Gnome 2, but as I understand Gnome 3 can't be used with a non-default window manager, so I'm looking for alternatives. Are there other desktop ...
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Can we switch desktop ( GNOME, KDE, etc ) within linux?

I started using linux mint 13 mate yesterday. Although the words from their site is promising, I found it lack some ways for configuration. For example, I want to enlarge the scroll bar so that I can ...
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I would like to put one single icon in the Desktop that actually opens the Desktop. Any ideas?

The idea is to turn my Desktop into a place where I can put a image reference of what I am learning at the moment. This would be an example This means: puttig an image of the reference of what I'm ...
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Is there a way to retrieve the name of the Desktop Environment?

The title is quite exhaustive: is there a way to retrieve the desktop environment name (e.g. Gnome, Unity, XFCE, LXDE, KDE...) from the command line or using Python?
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How to install KDE on Debian 6?

I have GNOME 2.30.2 that came with my default Debian installation. I have the following Debian installation: Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.5 (squeeze) Release: ...
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Kde: how to bind permanently an application to a desktop/activity?

Im pretty new to Kde 4.8 and i can not figure out how to get this behaviour that i used to have in Gnome: Desktop 1: developer/misc (browser, editor/ide, diff, etc..) Desktop 2: virtual machines ...
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How to change desktop enviroment in Raspbian?

I'm running Raspbian “wheezy”, a Debian based Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi and I would like to know where I can change the desktop environment that boots with the OS. In particular, how can ...
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Using Multiple Desktop environments on fedora

Is it possible to add a lightweight DE, say LXDE of XFCE, to fedora so that I can choose to boot into either? Would I be able to select in grub or would there be an intermediate step? That way I have ...
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Desktop environment for my grandma

I've an old laptop sitting around and I'm moving abroad. My grandma is kinda sad about that so I was thinking of installing some Linux distro on the old laptop and tailor it to her needs. What would ...
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How to change the default filemanager of the Cinnamon desktop?

I'm running an Arch Linux machine with the cinnamon-git desktop from the Arch User Repository. The default filemanager is Nautilus, is there any way to change the default filemanager to thunar?
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Retrieve the window name and role

I'm running Eclipse and I detached some of the windows. Now I have 4 windows linked to Eclipse. What I need is to be able to identify each individual window and be able to control it. If I run tools ...
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Gnome, KDE, XFCE… which is most simple and customizable?

This'll be my first Linux install, so I've never had to choose between a desktop environment (I come from OS X) -- forgive me if I'm not fully literate on where exactly the OS ends and the desktop ...
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Is it safe to install KDE along with Gnome?

I want to install KDE on my Linux Mint Debian Edition (which as of 10 June 2012 corresponds with Debian Wheezy). I already have Cinnamon (a Gnome Shell fork) installed, which has regular Gnome 3 ...
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How to set up a taskbar in enlightenment DE?

There is no taskbar in e17 and it is not comfortable to check and switch between open windows. While ibar module provides some limited functionality it shows only minimized windows. There was itask ...
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KUbuntu 10.04 / Dolphin File Manager: Is there a way to make .desktop files display the filename the same as the NAME= in the metadata?

As shown in the below screenshot, if I have a Folder Widget setup to point to the Desktop "place", the .desktop files appear with the filename of the Name= value in the file. However, if I browse ...
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Registering a Standalong app in the Application Launcher of KDE

First off, I am using Kubuntu 12.04. I've just downloaded and unpacked a standalone installation of some software (Intellij's Phpstorm IDE, but I don't think it matters). I've copied the unpacked ...
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Which window manager has Python bindings?

I've been coding bits here and there with Python and I'm most interested in Desktop Environments, for which I always have ideas I want to try out. I have tried to play around with python-xlib but ...
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Running Plasmoid under NOTKDE (e.g. Fluxbox) - Plasma/DeviceNotifier

Is there way to run Plasma/DeviceNotifier under another WM to KWin/KDE (e.g. Fluxbox). To be more specific, I have currently configured KDE, but I work remotely thorough SSH -Y + X-forwarding. So ...
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Is it possible to control window management in Gnome Shell using D-Bus?

I would like to programmatically be able to communicate with the Window Manager in Gnome 3, using D-Bus. The tasks I would like to accomplish are: listening for new windows get window flags (e.g. ...
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I want my Ubuntu 9.04/9.10 back, is there any current similar distro?

I was switching to Linux in the optimal time, around Ubuntu 9.04/9.10. I am a programmer, so I don't want to be a "Linux guru", that's why Ubuntu was perfect for me - until Unity/Gnome3. In latest ...
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ubuntu like lightdm in arch linux

I have just installed archlinux on a virtual machine and I managed to install lightdm by following the instructions given in https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/LightDM ...
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Broken link/launch behaviour on Kubuntu 11.10 desktop after rekonq uninstalled

Since I removed rekonq from my system, numerous apps which launch links, e.g. Stackapplet and Thunderbird are not correctly launching links with Firefox, which I am using now as my primary browser. I ...
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Window manager and desktop environment for touchscreens

What are some good choices for desktop environments and window manager for touchscreens? Currently I am using XFCE with custom GTK settings for making the controls larger, but that is far from ...
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Windows Managers vs Login Managers Vs Display Managers Vs Desktop Environment

I posted a question and noticed people weren't distinguishing correctly between many of these things: Windows Managers vs Login Managers Vs Display Managers Vs Desktop Environment. Can someone please ...
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How to permanently remove obsolete icon from Ubuntu Xfce notification tray?

Since I uninstalled blueman, the obsolete icon persists in my Xfce (Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit) notification tray with a placeholder. There is a way to hide but not to remove it. Can you show me how to ...
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Different Desktop for Different Users

How do I (if possible) set different default desktop environments for different users in linux? e.g. when user X login, Gnome Shell starts, when user Y login, Gnome starts. (I'm using ubuntu if it ...
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CentOS: Alert all desktop users from comand-line

Can someone tell me if there is an way to notify all online (Desktop) users from command-line. I know that if I want that I get notifyed when something is done, I just do like this: sudo apt-get ...
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Screen corruption after hibernate — Is there another way to refresh the X11 display?

When I restore from hibernate the screen is often corrupted. I suspect the graphics memory is not being saved. Suspend-to-ram works fine otherwise. It also looks like the font-cache is corrupted, as ...
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Difference between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment?

What exactly is the difference between between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment? E.g.: sawfish vs. gnome.
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Switch to Gnome from KDE without logging out

Right now I'm using the KDE desktop on Fedora, but I want to switch to Gnome. Problem is, I have many things open right now (xterms, xemacs, etc, etc), and I don't want to close all of them, log out, ...
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Looking for a Linux distro with specific window related features

I have been looking for the past few days, I need these features: Docking a window on any side of a desktop expands it to fit half/a quarter of the space Resizing and moving windows must be very ...
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There are no items in GNOME main menu after openSuse 11.4 upgrade

I've upgraded my openSuse os from 11.3 to 11.4. Everything went smoothly but now I cannot see any item in main menu (analog of Start in Windows) and I cannot set any background picture, so now I see a ...
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How to setup Nvidia GeForce 9800 card on Ubuntu 10.10

I have problem on graphic card with ACER V193w LCD display. I really don't know how to configure /setup/ Nvidia GeForce 9800 on Ubuntu 10.10. Can you guys please help me!
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Recommend a Linux Distribution for my use

I have no experience with Linux. I'm looking for a distribution which is beginner friendly. Ubuntu looks great. My usage for this system will include web development, and possibly application ...
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Backtrack panels issue

I accidentally hid the bottom panel and created another panel on the right side of the screen. That panel is on top of the button to show the bottom panel again. The panel on the right is unclickable ...
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Need a programmers advice on *X display manager, window manager and composit manager combination

First of all: I asked this question on SuperUser, when I wasn't thinking about a StackExchange Site for Linux-related questions. So if this violates any rules please feel free to close. I have ...
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Correctly setting environment

I'm using zsh and gdm to run gnome. Some time ago I discovered that variables are not set correctly. For example LANG/LC_ALL are incorrect ("" instead of en_GB.UTF-8). I split the .zshrc into .zshrc ...
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Getting visual feedback of workspace switch in xfce

I make heavy use of workspaces, and have a lot of them (a 6x4 grid). I usually run openbox, but am currently using a machine that doesn't have openbox set up, so I'm using xfce because it's already ...
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How to remove KDE and XFCE applications from GNOME menu?

I am new to Linux. I installed kubuntu-desktop and xubuntu-desktop over the default Ubuntu 10.10. I want to unclutter the menu, so that applications related to a particular desktop appear in menu ...
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What can I do when apt-get/aptitude doesn't create a menu item for an installed program?

Obviously, this question is specific to Debian-based setups. I find that, often, packages I install using aptitude or apt-get only say that a menu item has been created. No menu item actually ...
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KDE toolbar background messed up

At one day (it has been for a while now) the background of KDE main toolbar started looking really strange: screenshot (it looks to me as the alpha channel of the background image is missing). ...
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How to get rid of desktop environment and use a window manager only?

I have been using xterm for all my work. I realized that the features that desktop environments like GNOME has to provide are not of much use to me. Now, is it possible that I remove GNOME and KDE ...
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the lightest way to have a GUI in Linux? [closed]

I have been using Gnome and KDE for a while, and I am now running Compiz standalone... Regarding system resource, I think the most heavy ones are feature-rich desktop environments (Gnome, KDE), then ...
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The most light-weight Compiz compatible environment?

I require Compiz for organizational reasons; I make heavy use of its window sorting features. But I like light-weight environments so that I can give as much of my system's resources to the ...
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What are the user interface subsystems, their components and responsibilities?

I am trying to understand the different subsystems that are in charge of the user interface, the terminology to refer to them, and how they are structured; so far I know there are: At the top level: ...
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How to find information about the system/machine in Unix?

I have always found it difficult to find information about the system itself in Unix, whether it be Which OS I am using (version number and all, to compare it with the latest available builds)? ...
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Desktop overlay program showing CPU, HDD, etc. stats

In different screenshots of people's Linux desktops, I've seen different apps that overlay the desktop with information about their computer. Often this gadget/app shows CPU and HDD information. ...