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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what is the difference between graphical environment, user interface, graphical shell and a windowing system?

Don't know if this question is on topic; I posted it here just because I've heard about these differences only in the Unix/Linux world. So, as the title, what is the difference between graphical ...
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Checking desktop environment from command line

I am using SSH to login into my Linux RedHat server from my Windows machine. I want to create a GUI in python on the server but I am not sure if there exists any Desktop environment on the server. 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 otherwise. It also looks like the font-cache is corrupted, as ...
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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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What's the closest you can get to rebooting without killing all running processes?

How can I get the effect of rebooting on refreshing the system (freeing resources and reinitialising them) without killing most of the things I have running? Could I unload and reload kernel modules? ...
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Does Linux Mint 17.1 includes GNOME?

I am preparing to install Mint in my machine and wondering whether the latest edition of Mint(i.e Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca) ships with GNOME 3.16?
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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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Any distros already using Plasma 5 (February 2015)?

I heard that in April Kubuntu 15.04-stable will use Plasma 5. I have tried it in Kubuntu 15.04 beta version, but a lot of existing KDE tools are available that don't fit Plasma 5. Are there any ...
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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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Linux Desktop Access via Web Browser

This should be pretty simple, in my naive opinion of course... I have a tower that I am going to run a media server off of, along with some other functions but that's the main (re)purpose of the ...
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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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What desktop enviroment consumes fewer resources? [closed]

I want to install Mint in my laptop, but I'm undecided about which desktop environment I should use with it. Currently the available desktop environments the distribution offers are Cinnamon, MATE, ...
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CentOS 7 VNC users dont share desktop session

I installed VNC server on a CentOS machine. I set up a user, and then enabled the VNC server for them on startup following these steps: ...
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Speed up “Search” in GTK file chooser

When I open a file in GTK application, there is "Search" box at the top of "Places" list. I assume it can be used to search file which is located somewhere in the filesystem by its' name. But it takes ...
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How to close a window of a crashed application?

Im using Awesome as desktop environment, as you can see in the image below, the application (aMule) crashed but the window is still open, so I would like to close it to restart it, but as you can see ...
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KDE Splash Screen doesn't disappear

Whenever I boot OpenSUSE, The KDE splash screen appears, which is normal. What is not normal, however, is that it never disappears again ! The previous session's windows just appear. KDE is ...
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Minimal virtualization environment

I'm using a virtual machine running Windows for development purposes inside a Ubuntu host (I also use the Ubuntu part for my regular activities, but not both at the same time). As I need to compile on ...
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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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KDE 5 in Debian wheezy?

I really hate the look of all the desktop environments officially supported by Debian 7. I also really really like the look of KDE Plasma 5. Unfortunately Debian seems to only support KDE 4, and it ...
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How to minimize the use of anti-aliased fonts across all my desktop environment and applications?

I have configured some applications (Emacs, xfce4-term) to use bitmapped fonts, and disabled hinting/anti-aliasing. But there are still a lot of anti-aliased fonts in my GUI desktop (xfce4). If I ...
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Lightest hardware accelerated desktop system

I need a list of lightweight desktop environment that uses hardware acceleration either natively or from being on top of another library like Xlib, GTK+, etc. What I'm actually looking for is a ...
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Where is the .xsession file in linux mint?

I would like to know how I can use start up scripts in .xsession in order to change the look of my Desktop, I assumed .xsession was in my home directory so I performed at my home directory: ls -a to ...
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What do I need to know, to search for a desktop wallpaper?

I am using Linux Mint together with the xfce desktop environment, I honestly do not know what I have to consider in order to search for a desktop wallpaper. I am assuming that maybe which desktop ...
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Is there a launcher that features tab-completion?

I'm looking for a "proper" launcher that also allows running raw commands, including tab completion. Hence, it must do two things, at a minimum. It's a "proper" launcher, hence respect ...
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How Drag & Drop works in linux?

Should one learn the implementation of clipboard first, or drag and drop (D&D) is completely independent? Which components contain code, which is related to D&D? (link to .svg will be the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...