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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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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a windows manager does not interface with X Window System [on hold]

i want to get the most out of my hand me down Lenovo Thinkpad. in particular i want a fast and light desktop environment. so i was thinking of ditching X Window System altogether. i've chosen Wayland ...
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How to handle gnome-settings-daemon memory leak?

I recently moved to Fedora 21 x86 with Gnome 3 and have noticed that the gnome-settings-daemon has steadily increased to 50% of my system memory (8 of 16 gigs) in the last 7 days. I haven't been able ...
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Linux Deepin language switcher - making it smoother like in Ubuntu

I installed the latest Linux Deepin 2014.2 distro. It's a Chinese distro based on Ubuntu 14.04. The OS is great, but there's one annoying flaw - when switching language, there appears a transparent ...
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Start graphical user interface using startx and display manager

As title said, can someone tell me what differents between starting graphical user interface using startx command (which xinitrc contains exec gnome-session or exec xfce4-session) and using an display ...
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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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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 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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Dual-monitor setup with custom desktop environment and Compiz

I have two monitors that are both connected to my computer. I want to have them un-mirrored, and it works fine in Cinnamon (after tweaking some settings), but I can't find a way to do this in a custom ...
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GNOME: Bottom task bar is missing/blank after upgrade

I am running kali linux, which has gnome. I just updated with apt-get update && apt-get upgrade and that completed without incident, only a little while after did I realise that my bottom ...
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A small black square appears on my screen after toggling off desktop effects in OpenSUSE 13.2

It blocks mouse click on what it covers, and sometimes follow my input cursor. Desktop environment is KDE. My graphic card is Intel Mobile 915 family and my laptop is Lenovo X200s.
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Changing default desktop environment

I'm on Fedora 20 and I want to change the default desktop environment from Gnome to Gnome classic. I want to do this with the terminal because I cant access the dropdown menu on the login screen(Once ...
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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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Start text terminal shell from Linux DM?

Is it possible to start a shell in a text terminal from a Linux Desktop Manager such as GDM, MDM or KDM? I have a user that has a .profile with a bash select loop offering the option to startx (where ...
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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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A modern, easily configurable DE [closed]

I am looking for a linux desktop environment with modern look and feel and can be configured programmably (or has the capability of easily exporting and importing configuration) Does it exist?
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LXDE (openbox): double click on text selects only part of word (not whole text)

I am using LXDE as my desktop environment (on Debian Wheezy). My question is related to how mouse behaves in LXDE, but could be general to other desktop environments. When I double click with my ...
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Gnome Shell: Running shell script after session starts?

I'm a long time KDE user, never seen GNOME since may be Mandrake Linux 10 something. Yesterday I took a look at GNOME Shell on Youtube and thought it may worth a look. It actually is worth, but I ...
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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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Xfce: How to specify row size in Alt+Tab window?

Alt+Tab window shows a list of open applications. Problem is it can put even 24 icons in a single row which makes navigation hard. Is there a setting to specify e.g. 5 icons per row?
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What is the default GUI run with “startx” without any desktop environment installed?

While playing around with Ubuntu Server, which does not have any kind of desktop environment installed by default, I did "apt-get install startx; startx", which showed me a console in a white box, and ...
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Fedora 20 Gnome 3 DE upper bar

I am a new Fedora 20 64-bit user and I used Gnome Tweak Tool to customize the appearance of the UI. However, I was not able to get the active application from the top bar. I am providing a screenshot ...
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Change default desktop manager

I'm kind of new into Linux world. I'm using a Debian distro. I want to switch the default desktop manager into Awesome, and I want to boot straight to the command line, and from there start Awesome. ...
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Opening Nautilus without --no-desktop, on Xmonad on top of Ubuntu, what happens?

I have a standard Ubuntu install with an Xmonad install on top of it [1]. Now, when I run nautilus from the command line a view unexpected things happen. While Nautilus does appear, there is now also ...
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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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What configuration determines which Desktop Environment to run?

I have a system with multiple Desktop Environments installed (Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity and Xfce). I would like to configure (with a non-interactive script) a particular DE for a particular user. How ...
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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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Using per-user keyboard XKBOPTIONS for all desktop environments

I have set the compose key correctly by typing setxkbmap -option compose:rwin in XFCE, but before that I just flipped a switch in Gnome 3. Meaning that desktop environment has different ways of ...
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How to use chroot'd desktop environment on Android with external display, mouse and keyboard?

I have a chroot'd Arch Linux environment set up on my Android phone (a OnePlus One) and I would like to connect it to a monitor (directly or with use of some sort of passthrough/adapter eg. Raspberry ...
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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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Cinnamon doesn't load at launch loading LXDE instead, what is wrong here?

Hi I Found myself with this weird issue that after installing Cinnamon desktop environment on a Debian-based linux distro, with apt-get upgrade apt-get install cinnamon, at the log-in moment even ...
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elementary os on ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop I tried to install Pantheon desktop enviroment because I tried it on the elementary os before and I liked it but the last version of elementary os is ...
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Linux window movement (delay)

I use linux at home and windows for work. One thing about most linux desktop environment that bothers me is the window movement. I'm using cinnamon right now. When I grab the window to put it in the ...
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How set glib environment variable: g_slice

I've been told I need to set the following environment variable in order to work around a glib bug: G_SLICE=always-malloc But I don't know how to do it, and anywhere I've seen it's use recommended, ...
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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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Distinguish between Desktop session and desktop environment

I heard/observed following words and want to distinguish information. Desktop Environment Desktop Session GDM Session Shell Window Manager So I can understand exact difference and working relation ...
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Arch Linux problem: What is causing the black screen problem when logging into Cinnamon?

I first posted this in February, but I'm making the problem clearer because I had no responses in 6 months, and the problem still exists. My Arch boots to the terminal. I login as root. I start ...
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PHPStorm Only runs on Gnome or KDE

Does anyone know why it is so? I was using unity... then i switched to LXDE and it wont run. I checked the requirements and it turned out that it requires either GNOME or KDE. So what exactly is it ...
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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 does xdg-open do its work

According to the man page, xdg-open will open a file using the application the user has configured. But how is that application actually determined? I can see no config files associated with ...
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How to pan the terminal beyond desktop window to view all output on watch? [duplicate]

I am watching my iptables with watch -d 'iptables -vnL --line-numbers' As the output above extends beyond the current desktop window height, how can I pan the terminal display to view information ...
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Is it possible to save the state of open terminals?

When working on certain projects, I routinely open a number of terminals, navigate each of them to various directories and resize and position them on my desktop. Is there any way to save this ...
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How to start up mate desktop

We have had Fedora 20 installed on my wife's laptop, and want to use Mate as the default desktop displayed. The machine is set up to require no user password, but at reset there is no gear wheel to ...
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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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xrdp access running programs from another desktop session?

I trying to remote desktop into my Linux Mint at work, my default desktop is Cinnamon and I have a few gui programs already running in Cinnamon. However Xrdp seems to have issues with Cinnamon so I ...
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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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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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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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Install the zorin desktop enviroment on Fedora 20

Is there any way to install the Zorin desktop enviroment on Fedora 20? I mean we can install the kde plasma, Gnome or lxde etc. For example this way: sudo yum install @lxde-desktop is any way to ...
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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. ...