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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
753 views

.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; ...
1
vote
0answers
293 views

Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon 2.4.8 64-bit - Weird Desktop Crash

This crash thing is happining third time for me. I solved the last two by a refresh install of mint, formatted I mean. Nothing special happened when I was using the computer, than I shut it down. By ...
2
votes
1answer
222 views

How to create a launcher to show recent files

I think it would be convenient to be able to quickly bring up a list of my most recently accessed files. This could be done by opening nautilus and then clicking on recent in the left panel, but I ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Executable script can't run directly from desktop in Arch Linux

Before, I was using Linux Mint and I can run bash script directly from desktop just with chmod the script to executable. For example, I have a script like this: #!/bin/bash VBoxSDL --startvm ...
18
votes
11answers
10k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Dynamically change desktop background from bash script

Is it possible to change the GNOME desktop background during some period of time by just a random phrase from the list on black screen? Will is seriously load the CPU and consume battery life?
8
votes
2answers
670 views

Command to move a window to all desktops

I'd like to be able to move (pin) an existing window to all desktops using a scriptable command, rather than through the window menu. wmctrl -r <WIN> -t <DESK> will move a window to a ...
0
votes
0answers
84 views

Desktop files disappeared suddenly

OS - linux lite. I don't get why all the files in the desktop suddenly disappeared. It is not moved anywhere. I searched through command line and checked trash folder too. What would be the cause ...
3
votes
0answers
1k views

Desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to mouse (moving/focusing/clicking UI elements)

I have an annoying problem where my desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to my mouse. This always happens randomly, at random times. Sometimes I can work for hours with no problems, sometimes this ...
6
votes
3answers
5k views

Does GNOME 3 support desktop zoom?

GNOME 3 is not compatible with Compiz, so I cannot use the desktop zoom feature from Compiz. I googled for a long time, and it seems GNOME still does not support desktop zoom -- does it? I am using ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
109 views

Desktop autostart not working

I have a CentOS 6 installation running Gnome. Some time ago I noticed that my desktop autostart applications are no longer running. For example in /etc/xdg/autostart I have vino set to run but it ...
3
votes
0answers
379 views

Screen flickering (only on desktop) with Fedora 20, but why?

I'm using Fedora 20 and since I returned from the weekend, my screen flickers very fast. This occurs only on the desktop (excluding the menubar, with the fedora-menu and the clock, etc.) and the ...
1
vote
0answers
377 views

Use nautilus instead of thunar with desktop folders?

I've installed Nautilus and removed Thunar in a Debian Wheezy XFCE install. I've gone into the settings and set Nautilus as the default application for the file manager under Settings > Preferred ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Modify confgs of many hosts at once [duplicate]

I use two linux machines, home pc and server. Lets say i want to modify some config files on both systems. How can i synchronize them to make these modifications ony once? Is there option to add ...
2
votes
0answers
134 views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
2k views

How to get better desktop performance in linux?

Normally I do not care much about desktop - performance, since my servers do not run any gui. But at home I run some older hardware (Pentium) which gets sometimes very sluggish (mouse-movements in KDE)...
1
vote
1answer
319 views

Desktop gone after upgrade to Centos 6.6

I upgraded a local Centos VM from 6.5 to 6.6. After the update, no restart is needed and the desktop works. When I restart, I see the blue startup bar and CentOS 6.6 on the right side of it. When the ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
444 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

How to disable mail search in tracker-needle?

I wish to search only my local folders. Everything was ok, until I installed thunderbird and downloaded mail. Now searches take too much time, because tracker searches the mail to. Where in the ...
2
votes
3answers
463 views

How can I blank the desktop via the command line?

I'm looking for a way to hide the entire desktop + icons and then launching a single app. It's for productivity usage, if that makes any sense. How can I programmatically make my desktop blank (i.e. ...
0
votes
2answers
964 views

add new category to Applications

I'm using elementary os luna. How can i add a new category to the Applications menu !?
2
votes
0answers
156 views

Capture timestamped X mouse events, and render a video with custom mouse pointer?

I am typically using recordmydesktop to record some application interaction; however, on my system, recordmydesktop always shows the same mouse pointer/cursor (the arrow) - regardless if, in reality, ...
0
votes
0answers
576 views

Add new category in Menu (Xfce)

I tried doing the following to add a new category named "Electronics" in Whisker Menu on Linux Mint 17.1 with Xfce 4.10.1: I added this text to ~/.config/menus/xfce-applications.menu just after rest ...
2
votes
0answers
33 views

Any tool to live patch X.org? I.e., reload X.org without logout and login

I'm trying minimize my number of reboots (it's a desktop Linux workstation), and I've found some nice tools that can reload the kernel without reboot: Oracle ksplice, SUSE kGraft and RedHat kpatch. ...
3
votes
1answer
456 views

Linux Mint desktop displays different files from ls command

Background I'm running Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. After a botched attempt at migrating my data to a NAS, I restored my data from an external USB. Problem Statement After restoring from backup, all my ...
0
votes
2answers
884 views

How to turn off/speed up desktop switching in Ubuntu 13.10?

In my standard Ubuntu desktop I defined four workspaces. When I switch between them (e.g. use a key shortcut), I see the new workspace move in while the old workspace moves out of the screen. So far ...
0
votes
1answer
251 views

how to determine in what viewport (compiz/unity) a window is placed?

I am writing a script that requires determining in what viewport a window is placed. My desktop is 2x2 (4 viewports), it is usually thought as being 4 virtual desktops but on compiz/unity it is ...
0
votes
1answer
393 views

LXDM resolution too small on laptop when started with external screen

I have a laptop with small screen resolution, and when I connect external monitor before boot, it keeps resolution of the laptop screen, until I log in. I'm using LXDM. How to fix it?
0
votes
2answers
50 views

Starting a Linux desktop from CLI [closed]

I can login to a lab Linux CLI, but have no further info on the install. Is there a generic command for starting a default DE/WM; I seem to recall "startx" would run a default X11 setup, but am ...
0
votes
0answers
4k views

Changed background on Kali Linux and now desktop is buggy

I have been running the latest version of Kali Linux for about a month now. I got tired of seeing the default Kali Linux login screen, so I looked up how to change it. The answer I found said: Go ...
10
votes
5answers
884 views

How to detect from script when the user's desktop is loaded?

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): #!/...
1
vote
0answers
592 views

indicator-cpufreq in arch linux

I'm an Ubuntu user testing out Arch Linux. So far I'm happy. On Ubuntu I used the indicator-cpufreq applet to control power profile both on Unity and Gnome-shell. On Arch, I cannot figure out how ...
1
vote
0answers
534 views

ElementaryOS desktop messed up after trying to get NVIDIA drivers to work.

I've been trying to get the NVIDIA drivers to work on my Lenovo Y50 (GTX 860m) for a while. After installing them and rebooting, I get a black screen with some unhelpful text, which I usually remedied ...
1
vote
2answers
316 views

First KDE Session

I was curious, so I installed kde alongside gnome (which I use primarily, for the matter). I am running arch linux, and I installed kde using yaourt, by the following command: yaourt -Syua # ...
4
votes
0answers
398 views

Custom desktop launcher search path in Ubuntu

I know I can write a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications or ~/.local/share/applications, but can I add new folders to the search path similar to the $PATH environment variable? For example, I ...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

How to show full names on desktop in XFCE?

I am new to XFCE so forgive me if I am missing something dead simple, but... Let's say I have an icon on desktop "personal folder". What I actually see is the icon and "perso..." -- so the question ...
2
votes
2answers
859 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
63 views

How can I embed a console app's output into my X11 desktop?

I'd like to view NetHogs output on my desktop. For example, do any Conky or applets on Cinnamon exist, so I don't need to have a terminal open all the time?
1
vote
1answer
946 views

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.
1
vote
1answer
125 views

How do I get a .desktop in KDE to open a new browser window?

I setup a link to web app that my company uses on my desktop, which resulted in a .desktop file like this: [Desktop Entry] Icon=/home/kris/Pictures/gplus.png Name[en_US]=Google Plus Name=Google Plus ...
4
votes
3answers
893 views

Is there is tool similar to ShiftIt on OS X?

I'm looking for a keyboard controlled window sizing utility similar to ShiftIt on Mac OS X: https://github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Pruning the list of running GUI applications that have been “idle” for > 24 hours?

I open lots of GUI applications -- mostly, instances of Nautilus or Terminal -- without closing them promptly. Consequently, my list of active applications gets big. Besides the drain on the RAM, ...
0
votes
2answers
197 views

What are the difference between SLED and RHEL WorkStation?

What are the difference between SLED and RHEL WorkStation? What are the advantages over community supported distros?
3
votes
2answers
499 views

GTK: Specify application foreground and background color on command line

In the old days, all X11 applications would take standard command-line arguments to specify things like foreground/background color. Is there a way to do that today for GTK applications? In particular ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
421 views

How to unlock/unfreeze the desktop on Linux Mint 16 kde

I have just installed Linux Mint 16 kde and started to populate my desktop with my favorite programs. I find that the icons are frozen in place on the desktop. What I want to do is have the icons ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

Is it possible to switch the user logged in to desktop environment via the terminal?

Is there any possibility to login as a different user while changing also the environment (or how do you say the wallpaper, shortcuts,...) via terminal command like su, ssh or login? Like when you ...
1
vote
1answer
701 views

Screen stretching on Mint Cinnamon after hard reboot

I've been running 64-bit Linux Mint Cinnamon for a couple of years now on my current hardware. I upgraded to Qiana a month ago and hadn't had any problems with it. This morning my machine locked up ...