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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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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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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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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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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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 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, ...
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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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Mapping single key (such as 'F1') to multiple keys (such as 'Ctrl+C') in Gnome [duplicate]

I know how to map a single key to a command using the gconf settings. I also know how to map a single key to another key ('F1' -> 'CTRL') using Xmodmap. My question is how can I map a single key ...
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Application launcher with grid like hotkeys

Is there a desktop enviroment or tool wich can provide the following functionality? If I press a self defined hotkey, a menu of self defined shortcuts/launchers is shown somewhere on the screen where ...
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How to stop Rainlendar from hiding on the Linux Mint desktop?

Rainlendar is a great tool to keep events and tasks on the desktop (I did not find a better solution yet). The problem is that the application completely hides if you press: The "Show Desktop" ...
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how to add shortcut keys to custom.desktop in RHEL6?

i have created custom.desktop in the /usr/share/xsession directory for launching single application. i want to add one or two desktop shortcuts along with the single application.
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How to control desktop applications over SSH

Assuming that the wife is right now using our desktop Kubuntu machine, probably surfing the web in Firefox or using Digikam. After logging into the machine via SSH, what can I do to 'pop up' little ...
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issue with how newly made gnome launchers work vs launchers rebuilt after a system boot. (title change for clarity)

This isnt so much a request for help as a curiosity of mine. I wrote this script to quickly pop up four terminal sessions and fill my screen, since so many of my current systems have things that come ...
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How to install GNOME 3 on RHEL6?

I am using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, it has Gnome GUI, but it is very simple and not like Ubuntu's GUI. I want to install/upgrade my GNOME Desktop Environment to its latest release. How can I do ...
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Removing Clock screenlet in Linux Mint

I admit the question is kind of stupid, but I honestly can't do anything about this weird issue. I've added a Clock screenlet (with a custom theme) on my desktop and the thing is that I can't remove ...
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Where does docky store it's configuration?

I need to apply different profile of docky, for different desktop sessions. But I couldn't find where docky stores it's config, I've tried ~/.docky ~/.config/docky these folders doesn't even exists.
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How to set up remote graphical sessions on CentOs?

Trying to set up a Centos 6 server configuration where we can automate the running of an application that uses Selenium. In this case, ideally, we should be able to: Create a graphical session ...
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Install Desktop on Centos 6.3 remote server

Through our hosting provider, we can create servers running CentOS 6.3. However, these installs are meant to be used as servers that are accessed remotely. They do not come packaged with a GUI ...
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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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Know when the desktop is running, in bash

I have a deamon, implemented in bash and running by means of cron and the @reboot option, that shows the desktop in inactivity. The script is as following (timings are short for testing purposes): ...
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from a laptop with CentOS 6.3 what is the command line to talk mysql server on my pc?

I have CentOS 6.3 running on my laptop which is already connected to the net. What is the command line to talk to MySQL server on my PC? Both devices are connected via my router and they can talk ...
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Window buttons (minimize, maximaze, close) are not visible in Xfce

Everytime I start my laptop my GUI is "broken" - windows don't have the top border with close, minimize and maximize buttons. I know I can run xfwm4 --daemon but it is really bothering to do that on ...
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How to switch xsessions?

I run xmonad/slock/lxdm currently, and I cannot find a way to get a "switch user" system working. Here's what I'd like: key combination returns me to login (applications still run in the background) ...
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Multiple monitor with Linux

I' m installing Arch Linux with OpenBox, at the moment I've only downloaded OpenBox and tint2, but I have to install all the necessary. Before doing everything I'd like to know how to use my two ...
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Arch Linux, Openbox and Desktop

I' m installing Arch with OpenBox, I' ve done everything but when I type openbox-session I have this error Failed to open the display from the DISPLAY environment variable. What's the problem?
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Why are files in the map 'Desktop' not shown on the desktop?

As far as my memory goes, the map 'Desktop' contains the files which are shown on your desktop. However, my desktop is empty, while having files present in the map. Yes, I mostly prefer an empty ...
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Why are my application.desktop files not showing up in Linux application menu?

I've written quite a few open source programs over the years, but not very recently, and I've never had this problem before. The menu items for my new project simply refuse to show up in menus on ...
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How do Firefox and Chrome render JPEG images on Linux?

I'm having trouble with Firefox and Chrome for some time now and it's very irritating. Neither of these browsers will render JPEG images. Konqueror and Opera are fine though. What libraries I can ...
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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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(KDE or X ) Script opens konsole in wrong virtual desktop

I have this script. I put it in ~/Desktop. I view the script on my desktop in a "Folder View" widget. When I click on the script, I get list of users, then I get an authorization dialog box ( for a ...
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No wallpaper colors in Xfce 4.10

I'm in Linux Mint 14, updated to Xfce 4.10. Wallpapers are black & white only. I think that happened after I moved the scrolls for brightness and saturation. After putting them back to zero, no ...
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Do I need X11 to install other desktop environments?

I just installed Arch Linux (Latest stable ISO from website) and I need to know whether or not I can just go straight to GNOME/KDE/LXDE, etc. without installing X11 first.
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Guest desktop with no configuration permissions

I would like to set up a guest account on my Ubuntu so that anyone could log in (no password) and browse the Internet. But the guest user should not be able to modify desktop configuration (remove ...
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Creating links to websites

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and I would to create a folder with all of my shortcuts. Is it possible to create icons (like usual links to files in my harddisk) that automatically launch my browser and open ...
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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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How to switch user if the Screen is Lock

Sometime this happen that when I had to do something on server I find that the screen is lock and I dont know the password of that user to unlock it and switch the user. So i need to know that How to ...
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Locking Desktop just Like Windows

Whenever I am at work, I would like to lock the computer so my desktop isn't accessible to others. In windows it's trivial, press the Windows+L key. Is there something similar available in Linux, ...
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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 change the properties of a desktop panel from the command line?

I use RHEL 6 as my regular operating system and for one of my user accounts I made one of the desktop panels as auto-hide and other as a fixed panel. I expected the hidden panel to appear above the ...
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which DE to use for setting up defaults

I'll use awesomewm as my main DE but without installing any actual DE(like KDE, GNOME, XFCE etc) I have to setup too many basic stuff like mouse cursor themes, gtk/qt theme engines and themes, ...
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Is there a way to make feh fade in between transitions?

I would like my desktop wallpaper to fade between transitions instead of a cut. Is there a way to do this with feh? Maybe using xcompmgr or compton? If not is there a way of doing it without changing ...
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Easiest way to install a Linux Desktop installtion on VirtualBox

I need a Linux Virtual machine (running on Windows with Virtual Box), and I need it run a desktop such as Gnome. Because it is running on a Virtual machine on a not particulary powerful machine I ...
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Crunchbang hibernate rebooted system?

I installed the latest stable 64bit Crunchbang backport. When I tried to hibernate it last night, it rebooted into the locked state - when I logged back in all my windows/apps were as they were again. ...
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Fedora 17 service menus actions menus don't work

I'm using Fedora 17. Back when I was using Fedora 8, I would go into /home/el/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus and make my whatever.desktop file and it would show up in the actions menu. But ...
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Where to find and how to install Ubuntu GUI themes?

I tried Ubuntu several times, but I didn't stay with it for very long. One reason was I felt the interface was boring. Today I saw some nice themes here: the #6 in ...
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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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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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Desktop switching in KDE when I start an application in another acitivity

I have an application which is forced upon start to Desktop 2 and acitivity B. If I am currently in desktop 1 of activity A and start this program, it opens in the right place, but my active desktop ...