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Tips on switching to Linux?

I plan to switch to Linux as my sole OS in a few weeks/months, and I'm not sure what I'd like to do. I've used CentOS Server, but only in CLI mode, and Ubuntu Desktop. I liked Ubuntu, but Unity was ...
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Gnome 3 desktop display gone rogue?

I am having trouble logging out and shutting down normally using the Gnome 3 desktop interface. This is what I was shown on random occasions when I turn on the computer: The arrows point to where ...
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Linux Mint Taskbar and Icons are gone

I have linux mint cinnamon 13. I installed it today. Well my problem is that my panel and my icons are gone. There is absolutely nothing but my desktop background. But I'm still able to switch to F1 + ...
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Difference between the Unity shell interface and a desktop environment

I am writing a report and I have stumbled across a topic I am not quite sure how to to discuss. Essentially I have been doing a little research on the Unity shell system and its usage in Ubuntu ...
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Is there an “open with” command for the command line?

Does the command line have a way to get a recommended list of programs used to open a particular file, based on the file type? For example, a .pdf file would have an open with... recommendation using ...
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How to set the Linux Mint desktop environment to use a mime type?

As a extension to this question: How to make difference between .wxm (wxMaxima) and .c files in Linux Mint? I'm using Linux Mint. I created a mime type. Now I want the desktop environment to use it. ...
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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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Structure of graphical modules in Linux Lubuntu

I am trying to understand the layers of the Linux GUI system. I am running a netbook with Lubuntu, and I was told it's running LXDE as desktop environment. However, there are processes with 'gnome'. ...
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Which Desktop Environments do not require D-Bus?

Are there Desktop Environments (i.e. something comparable to Gnome, KDE, Xfce etc.) which do not require D-Bus? An optimal answer would best give a comprising list or alternatively confirm that today ...
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Which tool you use to mount a floppy usb with a tiling wm

I use a tiling wm without an desktop environment. So no notification when I plug in a usb stick for example. At the moment personally I use the mount and umount command line, but maybe you have most ...
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How to detect the desktop environment in a bash script?

I am writing a bash script that needs to know which desktop environment (XFCE, Unity, KDE, LXDE, Mate, Cinnamon, GNOME2, GNOME3,... ) is running. How can I obtain that information?
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Sharing content/apps between console and VNC console

I have a linux box that I use a lot from my Mac laptop (1920x1200 resolution screen) via VNC. At work, I have a dual-monitor setup for the Linux Box (1600x1200 each monitor). I use the VNC ...
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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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Black screen problem when logging into Cinnamon on Arch

Arch boots to the terminal. If I login as root and start cinnamon, I have no problems. If I then log out, exit, login as another user, then start cinnamon, I get a black screen. If I had logged ...
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How to properly disable Gnome 3 shell in Debian?

I just did a Debian install on an old laptop, and I don't need Gnome shell on it. I did it with apt-get remove gnome-shell, and it worked after I restarted. However, later I did apt-get autoremove, ...
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Can i run a program on Linux startup instead of a Desktop Manager like Gnome, KDE, etc.? [duplicate]

I have a rasberry pi running raspbian and i would like it to "boot" into my program instead of starting Lxde. So basically let's say i will write a OpenGL program that will go fullscreen and i would ...
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Desktop environment that just starts a full screen terminal

I have the following xsession file: [Desktop Entry] Name=... Comment=This session will start ... Exec=???? TryExec=??? Type=???? ...
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Install Cinnamon on openSUSE

I would like to install Cinnamon on my openSUSE 13.1 minimal installation. But I've the following Problem. I add te repo install it from Yast/Zypper. sudo zypper ar ...
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Window Manager / Desktop Environment Testbed

It is quite difficult to get a profound overview of the available desktop environments and window managers. To experience their look and feel in action without the hassle of permanently altering my ...
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How to set environment variables under MATE?

I have just installed MATE under Ubuntu Saucy. No problems. Except I am trying to setup Texmaker, the LaTeX IDE, and cannot figure out how to set the paths to the LaTeX tools (pdflatex, etc.) which ...
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lxappearance, FreeBSD and normal user

I set pure Openbox desktop on FreeBSD 10 and I am usingn lxappearance for theme, font and icon changes. but if i do $ > lxappearance I can't install icon themes or GTK+ themes. if i do $ > sudo ...
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How to make nemo support compressing files by context menu?

I use Cinnamon on ArchLinux and Nemo is it's default file manager. I've tried 3 GUI file archivers (p7zip with WxGTK, peazip & file-roller), but none of them add a "compress option" in the context ...
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the lightest way to have a GUI in Linux?

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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Desktop environment agnostic folder backdrop for wmaker

I recently stripped down my debian box, abandoning all desktop environments and running just WindowMaker with some self-written startup files. While I love the simplicity and speed of this setup, ...
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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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Run a GUI OS via a hypervisor from a Linux server terminal?

Is there a way to run a VM hypervisor, such as VirtualBox directly, from say, CentOS? Let's suppose that I want a high-efficiency server, but it can host guests with GUI-enabled OS's. Additionally, ...
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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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install minimal desktop on CentOS 6.3

I just want to install a minimal GNOME desktop without all the Thunderbird/Firefox and any other packages that may come with full CentOS Live Cd. Is there something like yum groupinstall base-desktop? ...
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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 desktop strange appearance

I installed Arch Linux with XFCE 4.10 on my old PC with Intel 3.0 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE with nouveau driver and everything is running fine. I recently installed KDE ...
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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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Does Desktop Environment effect the performance of program?

I was wondering why some DE use more resources while others uses less. Does it have to do anything with performances or is it consuming more resources because of it's appearance. What's difference ...
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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. It also looks like the font-cache is corrupted, as all ...
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Script to find the default Desktop Environment?

Assume a Linux Desktop Environment system is installed. When powered on and credentials entered, whatever Desktop Environment is started i would consider the default Desktop Environment. The user may ...
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Return to X session after Ctrl+Alt+F1

What is the command to return to the graphical desktop after entering the terminal mode with Ctrl+Alt+F1? I need it for operating my Raspbian.
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Text only mode in Linux (No Gnome, KDE, Unity) to prolong battery life

If I want to disable my GUIs completely to save battery life, how would I proceed? I know that I can hit Ctrl + Alt + F3 and be on the command line, but the desktop manager would be in the background ...
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Replacing LXDE with XFCE, startx issues

Apologies if this seems straight forward but I've recently downloaded XFCE to replace LXDE environment on my raspberry pi running raspbian. I did this by using sudo apt-get install xfce4 and ...
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Disable Cinnamon volume applet's sound when changing volume

I recently updated my Linux Mint Debian Edition to update pack 7. Since then, every time I change the volume by scrolling on the volume applet that is on my panel, an annoying beep is played. Similar ...
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How can I disable the shutter sound of gnome-screenshot?

After a recent update of my LMDE, the gnome-screenshot tool started making an annoying camera shutter noise every time a screenshot is taken. This is both annoying and startling (especially if you ...
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What is the Run prompt equivalency in Linux?

In Windows, there is the Run prompt, which you can access with Win+R key. What is the equivalency to this in Linux? Is there even such a thing or is the Terminal the main prompt you would use in ...
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What bit of the xfce DE controls the wallpaper?

I want to have the glmatrix xscreensaver running as my desktop background, which works well on pure openbox, but in xfce I need to kill whatever is is running the root window (as far as I understand). ...
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DisplayLink & AMD Catalyst 13.8 BETA 2

I am running Ubuntu 13.04 with a 3.10 kernel, using AMD Catalyst 13.8 BETA 2 display drivers and cinnamon. I have found many posts stating that DisplayLink is automatically supported by the 3.10 ...
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Simulate desktop over SSH?

I want some kind of desktop DE when connecting to my linux box over ssh. Something like winscp works but I'll be running on linux instead of windows. The box doesn't have much ram and is not running a ...
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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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Installing Debian without a DE [closed]

I'd like to replace Fedora with Debian testing on a laptop... However, I would like to not install any desktop environment along with Debian, and simply install Openbox once the base is there. I've ...
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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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Question on understanding windows manager/desktop environment

Linux newbie here. I'm trying to understand the different desktop environments and how they work together on one machine. If I install a new desktop environment, this shouldn't change the underlying ...
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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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Is the desktop environment responsible for affecting behaviour to certain keys?

I have a laptop which has a Fn key. Using xev command shows that Fn + UpArrow is affected to XF86AudioRaiseVolume. If I use KDE, is it KDE that is responsible for affecting a behaviour to that ...
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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?