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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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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Graceful shutdown with option to save files or cancel

How do I shutdown a desktop session gracefully from the command line without root, giving programs the option to ask the user to save files or cancel the shutdown? I know shutdown, halt, and other ...
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Slow dragging of windows in Debian 8 LXDE

I did a fresh installation from Debian 8 with LXDE desktop iso. Everything is lightning fast except dragging of windows of programs.
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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 ...
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How Can I Install Another Desktop Environment In Debian?

I tried to install Unity, and the Lubuntu desktop environment, but all I got as the result was this: > Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... ...
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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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A desktop environment with mnemonics for Debian 8?

Mnemonics - the underlined letters in menus and buttons, controlled by the option gtk-enable-mnemonics - have been deprecated in GTK3, and indeed they are not available in my GNOME Shell 3.14.4. ...
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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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Show calendar on desktop via a widget?

I'm using Linux Mint 17.1 + MATE running Thunderbird v31.7 + Lightning for my mail/calendaring app. I'd like to have some kind of desktop widget to show my calendar, but screenlets doesn't seem to ...
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Find and remove the packages that provides desktops environments

Recently upgraded to Fedora 22; I now have the following desktop environments to choose from at login: Gnome Gnome Classic Gnome Wayland Plasma (KDE) Kodi Xmonad How do I remove items from this ...
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Raspbian ~/.xinitrc File Missing

I booted up my Raspberry Pi for the first time using the full NOOBS installer... I am using the Raspberry Pi 2 (it has four USBs, one Ethernet, one HDMI, and one micro SD Card port)... I use it over ...
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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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desktop agnostic icon theme lookup

How can you determine the user's icon theme without using neither GNOME nor KDE nor any other desktop specific programs/libraries/files? I could not find anything about how to determine users icon ...
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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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Detailed history of all commands/actions (also in GUI)

The famous history command shows us a list of recently executed commands. If we set the HISTTIMEFORMAT variable we can also see when the commands where executed. I would like a more general version of ...
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What components are missing comparing server version of linux distro to desktop version? Is it only the DE missing?

I'm new to Linux. I see in the Linux world, often a distro will have two versions, server and desktop: Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Desktop. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Desktop. A lot of online ...
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FreeBSD desktop

I don't know how to set up a desktop environment.Some explanations along with the commands to type in console after fresh installed FreeBSD would be nice.
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Least resource-consuming Linux OS to run just Chrome

I've developed some application which uses a browser in order to run. The usage of the browser is simply for the GUI which is built with html/css/js (there are lot of js animations). Currently, the ...
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How to detect if DE is Unity or XFCE via shell script?

I have a few configuration scripts that I run everytime I install a fresh version of Ubuntu. Recently, however, I migrated to Xubuntu. I would like to use the same script for both distros, since both ...
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Is it possible to pin down given workspace to given monitor in modern DE?

Till now I had single monitor and I used 6 workspaces. I added second monitor, and I have still 6 workspaces in such way, that each workspace takes 2 monitors to display. It is not useful for me, I ...
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Linux distribution for a beginner Windows 7 user with good compatibility [closed]

A few days ago a friend asked me if I could install a good Linux distribution on his old PC (actually not very old: Intel Core 2, 2 GB of RAM). He's a Windows 7 user and a lawyer who uses the PC ...
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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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Best Window Manager for One Application

First off: I'm running CentOS light (If this is a bad choice, perhaps recommend one. I'm able to switch between distros fairly easily atm) and I don't need a complicated setup, I just need to be ...
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How vnc decides which x11 session - gnome or xfce to run in client machine?

I can see in my office environment that some user vnc sessions are running on xfce and some with gnome. For me particularly, it's xfce. And by examining the processes I see that xfce is started ...
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Using Wayland on my Debian upgraded system

So I just installed the latest Kali Linux on my laptop which was based on what is currently an oldstable. I then upgraded the whole thing to current stable, which then upgraded my Gnome Desktop to ...
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.desktop file not working

I wrote the following .desktop file for my application named Qtag: [Desktop entry] Name=Qtag Comment=Audio tag editor Exec=qtag Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/Qtag.png Terminal=false Categories=Multimedia; ...
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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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indicator-messages in Linux Mint 17.1

I still remember a mail drop down menu in Ubuntu (when I still used Ubuntu), like here [1] Now I've installed indicator-messages but the mail drop down menu doesn't show up in either MATE or Cinnamon ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...