Desktop is a set of unifying concepts used by graphical user interfaces to help users more easily interact with the computer.

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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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How do I change the way of switching the workspaces in Cinamon 16?

I'm on Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon. It's pretty annoying for me that the switcher for the workspaces is on left top corner and whenever I get the mouse cursor there by mistake, the workspace switcher ...
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Set lightdm user picture

How can I set user pictures on Debian with lightdm? Xfce does not seem to have a GUI facility for user management at all. I have tried installing gnome-system tools that contains user management ...
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Change desktop wallpaper from terminal

I am running Mint 13 with Cinnamon 1.6. I would like my desktop wallpaper to automatically change depending on the time of day. So, the first thing that comes to mind is setting up a cron job to do it ...
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How to install a Desktop Environment on Ubuntu after basic server installation

I downloaded Ubuntu-Server 12.04.3 LTS and cut a CD. Installed it, logged in as user, sudo -i as root. The basic installation has no desktop environment or so it appears. I did some reading and for ...
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Lose gnome3 wallpaper

My wallpaper is now white, the icons are displayed, but the app in parameters/background does not launch. In gconf, /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename is set to a valid image (I can see my ...
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Unable to extend desktop with USB display adapter and libdlo

Anyone familiar with using libdlo for DisplayLink's USB display adapters? I've followed the instruction steps from README file of libdlo Install a compatible libusb version (0.13) $ ./configure ...
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Why is Debian Wheezy not displaying desktop icons?

After freshly installing Debian with Gnome 3, I cannot enable desktop icons. I tried to use dconf-editor, but all values were locked. I tried sudo dconf-editor: The option was changeable but had no ...
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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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How do I switch from Ubuntu desktop to Ubuntu server?

I'm currently setting up a home server using a very, very old PC. It has Ubuntu 11.10 installed on it, but it can't actually handle the GUI. I want to install the server edition of Ubuntu, which is ...
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Exec in “.desktop” with arguments don't work?

I need help, I made a script, this script run a getopts; the script have some options example: ./people -n 0ad I need make a desktop entry, running the above example, but wasn't run the 'Exec' in ...
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Locking windows on desktop in Openbox [duplicate]

How can I protect a window from being hidden by the ToggleShowDesktop global action? I've found that Openbox 3.5 can do that trick only for windows with the desktop or dock type. For example, ...
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Ubuntu screen is small in VMware

I have installed Ubuntu at VMware. But I have a problem, and I do not know how to solve it. When I have the virtual machine as a window, to can at the same time have access to my windows at my host ...
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Why I cannot move to trash from /var/tmp?

I just found out on Fedora 20, that neither with Thunar nor Nautilus (I'm using Xfce4 here), I can't move file from /var/tmp to Trash. More precisely, in Nautilus the menu option is not available, ...
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Desktop freezes, how to troubleshoot.

I am running Linux Mint Debian Edition (Cinamon desktop). Since a recent upgrade it crashes quite a lot. Well the desktop sort of stops responding. The mouse still moves a pointer on screen, but ...
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How to Change Size of Desktop

UPDATE: It appears my icons are appearing below my screen. This is part of a screenshot, but I cannot see it on my monitor: I am running Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon. I changed the size of my panel, ...
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How do you change the desktop theme in CentOS?

I have a couple of questions, and am a complete newbie, so please be kind. How do you change the desktop theme in CentOS? How does one download CentOS themes from the internet? How do you install ...
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Boot desktop from laptop connected by USB

Would it be possible to have laptop with some Linux, that I would be able to connect to any desktop with USB-USB cable, and boot something from that laptop? (its actual OS or something different ...
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Config to re-enable gtk2 tear-off menus?

Following an apt-get update on Debian jessie/sid, several Gtk2 applications no longer have tear-off menus enabled. I'm aware that this is a deprecated capability of Gtk (and disagree strongly with ...
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How can I zoom/magnify Cinnamon desktop using the mouse wheel?

There is a wonderful feature of compiz that allows me to use a key+mouse wheel (I use win+wheel to zoom into the desktop. Is there a way to get the same effect in Cinnamon? UPDATE: Following Mikko ...
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Change confirm-box default positions

I would like to change default position of confirm boxes. For example: When I clicking on Shutdown button, the confirm box position is located on Top-Left by default. How do I change default ...
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Open .desktop files in text editor by default

I wonder if it's possible to open files with the .desktop suffix in a text editor of choice by a simple double-click in a file manager. Even assigning the corresponding MIME type to a text editor with ...
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Is it possible to install bottom launcher on Debian 7

I want to install Debian 7 on a laptop and have tried to read some information about this platform. On this review, Review Debian Squeeze 6.0.5 : The Father of Linux Distro , I saw the last slide ...
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Can't install Linux Mint Cinnamon nor Ubuntu while switchable graphics turned on

I've got Lenovo G500 intel i5 with switchable graphics (Intel and AMD Radeon HD 8579M). When I try to install Linux Mint Petra Cinnamon, when switchable graphics are on by the bios, live CD can't ...
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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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No mouse and close/maximize button Elementary OS

I've downloaded and installed Elementary OS in my laptop, but something weird is happening with me. I made an USB Flash Drive installation, using UNetbootin. I was able to test it (like a Live-CD) ...
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Backintime Linux desktop backup to a Synology DiskStation

Backintime doesn't support plain SFTP backends so it does not seem to be easy to setup a remote backup to a Synology Diskstation (in my case a DS214 with DSM 4.3). Backintime supports SSH/rsync based ...
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Cinnamon (Petra) crashed. Opens in fallback mode

I'm not an expert on linux. My cinnamon (petra) just started to chrash on logons and I have no opinion for what did I do wrong. I have found a set of errors on my .xsession-errors. The below one is ...
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Splitting the Home dir two different partitions

I run a Ubuntu desktop environment with two harddisks. A small SSD and a large regular disk. Currently i run a setup where my home drive is located on /home/name, but some folders e.g. Downloads ...
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Ubuntu Precise — suspend wedges GDM — help!

I've been a very happy Ubuntu user for many years, and worked my way past any number of problems, but I've never seen anything like this. Recently I got a new machine and installed 12.04 Precise on ...
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How does the Linux desktop perform system actions?

The Linux desktop can perform several actions which is otherwise not available to the user when logged in from a terminal. Actions such as system shutdown, and changing system time are accessible only ...
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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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Why can't I upgrade Linux Mint 15 from Cinnamon 1.8.8 to Cinnamon 2.0, and how do I fix it?

So Cinnamon 2.0 is out, and I've followed the steps people have given for upgrading. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade ...
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What's the problem with this script to change wallpaper?

I'm very new to Linux's world, so I would ask to forgive me for every stupid or too simple thing I will ask now. I installed Elementary OS from their website just yesterday. I wanted to change my ...
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deleted user is still an option in gnome login in Debian 6

I'm running Debian 6.0.8. I misnamed the original username I wanted, so I made a new user with the proper username. On the gnome log on screen, I see two users of the same name (the login screen ...
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twm (Tab Window Manager): disabling keyboard bell

I would like to disable the keyboard bell in twm (Tab Window Manager). How do I do that?
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Get current user in desktop file (GNOME)

To run applications from gnome, users click on icons on their desktops or they select the applications which they want to run from a menu. I'm looking for a valid replacement pattern, to get the ...
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Having desktop icons with Thunar on Arch Linux with Openbox

I'm using Arch Linux with Openbox as my window manager. And Thunar as my preferred file manager. I'm using zsh in case that's relevant in any way. How would I go about having desktop icons? I find it ...
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How can I get information about my virtual desktops via the command line?

I'm curious how I can get information such as the dimensions of my desktop, which desktop is currently active, and what labels (if any) are set for my desktop enviornment (DE).
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Simple, user-friendly GUI file finder?

simple, user-friendly = as Google search web page, one editbox, one button, nothing to explain, everybody grasps an idea in 1ms fast = finding files and directories by filenames, not by content (!) ...
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What is keeping Wayland from overthrowing X in Linux?

Everyone agrees that Wayland is better than X11 for your usual desktop. Why is X then used by every major distro then? Is it bugs, little compability from apps (is that even an issue?) or something ...
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Can not change brightness on Toshiba P855 - tried every distro already

I'm trying to use Linux on a Toshiba P855 laptop. And I have one big problem: the screen brightness can't be changed, and stays at maximum. Tried different distros, also tried many boot options in ...
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shell script to return the kde desktop name

I've defined the names of my KDE desktops to those of my workstation and the local compute servers. I want to find a way such that when I open a shell in the particular named desktop, it will open the ...
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Where is the default icon used by Gnome when no icons are found?

Just to experiment, I moved the folder /user/share/icons/ away, as in saved it on a USB drive and deleted it from Linux. Now, all icons are shown as the default "white" icon. Where is this icon ...
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Openbox isn't loading correctly

I'm on Crunchbang 11, 64 bit, it is a Debian Wheezy distro. This morning Openbox isn't loading correctly     All the programs and shortcuts are working correctly. Conky is loading ...
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Debian VNC (Remote Desktop) only allowing first connection, then turns off

Basically if I reboot the machine, I can vnc into it (using ultra vnc) but I can only do it once. It seems that the vnc daemon stops working after the first remote desktop session is closed. I have to ...
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How to replicate a currently installed Linux system as an installation CD?

I have an installation of Ubuntu 13.04 which I have customized to be just the way I want it (default applications, user accounts, desktop environment settings, ...). Now, I want to be able to ...
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How to re-load all running applications from swap space into RAM?

If my desktop run out of memory and swaps a lot then I free or kill the application wasting my RAM. But, after that, all my desktop/applications have been swapped and are horribly slow, do you know a ...
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How can I blank the desktop via the command line?

How can I programmatically make my desktop blank (i.e. remove the icons and make it black) from the command line? I'd also like to be able to restore it afterwards. Multiple solutions are OK, Ubuntu, ...