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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Changing default desktop environment

I'm on Fedora 20 and I want to change the default desktop environment from Gnome3 to Gnome classic. I want to do this with the terminal because I cant access the dropdown menu on the login screen ...
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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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Changing Desktop environment?

I am consodering a change from win7 to any linux distro, I prefer Linux Mint because it looks like windows to some extent( from pictures only, so I would like to give it a try). I want to know whether ...
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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 ...
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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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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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On a machine with multiple Desktop Environments set, how is the default DE configured?

I am provisioning systems with multiple Desktop Environments (Ubuntu 14.04, with Unity and Xfce). I want to change the default DE to Xfce from a non-interactive script (for autologin with lightdm). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the repo install it from Yast/Zypper. sudo zypper ar ...
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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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Can't disable GNOME Shell hotspot / hot corner / Activities “feature”

I have a Fedora 21 box set up with the latest GNOME Desktop. I would like to completely disable the hotspot / hot corner / Activities or whatever it is called. I have read that using the ...
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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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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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How to install Desktop Environments on CentOS 7?

I have recently installed CentOS 7(Minimal Install without GUI) and now I want to install a GUI environment in it. How can I install Desktop Environments on previously installed CentOS7 without ...
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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 ...
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Why is KDE redirecting back to login page after initial load?

I am running a new install of Debian Jessie and just tried to install KDE and when I login choosing plasma as my desktop environment it goes to a plasma splash screen for a few seconds then goes right ...
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Why does my xfdesktop re-arrange folders automatically?

At random times, random folders get re-arranged on my desktop, it's so annoying! What can I do to let my dear OS know that I'd like my folders to stay where they are because that's the reason I ...
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CentOS 7 graphical UI sluggish and freezing

I would like to get a desktop system as light as possible. I downloaded CentOS but I got something that freeze so much that login takes 1 minutes, registering takes 5 minutes, opening Menu takes 3 ...
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Looking for Desktop Environment to spread window over several screens

I have an older Netbook with a small monitor and would like to set up a new OS. (Haven't used it for a while) Before I was quite happy with Ubuntu/Gnome 2 which allowed to spread a window over two ...
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Kali 2.0 Linux doesn't start in GUI

I've had some trouble installing a dual-boot system on my laptop. I used Boot-Repair and now both systems (Windows 10 and Kali Linux 2.0) are showing up in Grub. My problem is that, whenever I start ...
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Cinnamon Menu Applet Won't Display

Cinnamon version: Cinnamon 2.6.13 OS: Fedora 21 When I run cinnamon --replace, there is no error messages for menu applet: js-Message: JS LOG: About to start Cinnamon St-Message: cogl npot ...
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Change XFCE desktop font color?

I'd like to change the text color(under icons) on my desktop. I already tried editing the .gtkrc-2.0 file but it doesn't seem like there's one.
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How do I measure the RAM usage of desktop environments?

I would like to measure the RAM usage of several desktop environments (including Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce) running on my Sabayon machine. I would prefer a command-line way of ...
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How do I change the budgie “start” menu icon?

I would like to know how to change the menu icon as well as where the menu icon is in the filesystem.
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Is there a way to have a music piece played the moment you enter into a DE?

Is there a way a music piece played the moment you enter into a DE. It would be best if there was a DE-agnostic way so it wouldn't matter which DE I used/floated through. I am looking for something ...
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No package found for gnome fallback

OK I installed fedora 22 and it came with gnome 3.16 which to be honest is the ugliest desktop environment ive used In my whole Linux experience. As an ex kali user, I really adored fallback. But I ...
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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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Which Desktop Environment do I have? [duplicate]

I have been given a computer with Arch linux (I am used to Ubuntu). I want to know which desktop environment is installed (if any). I cannot tell based on the firefox window I am looking at. My ...
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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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Which environment offers the most visual customization?

I remember a while back looking at a youtube video about Linux (Maybe ubuntu) when the user would move the window you could see it wobble, and it has some colorful visual effects. I'm wondering which ...
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Install KDE on kali Linux

I was trying to install KDE desktop environment on Kali Linux. So I used the following command:- sudo apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base kde-plasma-desktop And I got this ...