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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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 ...
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How should one change the width of scrollbar?

I started using Linux Mint 13 Mate a few days ago and I can't find anyway to change the width of my scrollbar, no matter it is firefox, chrome or File Manager. I tried to search google with "Linux ...
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Open application on custom desktop in xmonad

Suppose I call shell-command from emacs for example (shell-command "evince"). Is it possible to move the application (in the present example evince) started this way automatically to desktop 5 in ...
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I would like to put one single icon in the Desktop that actually opens the Desktop. Any ideas?

The idea is to turn my Desktop into a place where I can put a image reference of what I am learning at the moment. This would be an example This means: puttig an image of the reference of what I'm ...
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Kde: how to bind permanently an application to a desktop/activity?

Im pretty new to Kde 4.8 and i can not figure out how to get this behaviour that i used to have in Gnome: Desktop 1: developer/misc (browser, editor/ide, diff, etc..) Desktop 2: virtual machines ...
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Assigning awesome keybinding for more than 9 tags

I'm using the awesome WM and the nine default tags (or "virtual desktops") are not anywhere near enough for me: I've got a lot of VMs and remote VNCs etc. In the past I've used window managers with ...
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What is the concept of Refresh in Linux, if there is so

I have read in forums and googled results , that Refresh is not needed in Linux (Ubuntu /Linux Mint , etc ) like systems. I never found the reasons or concept behind REFRESHING in Linux. What ...
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PNG Image not displaying for desktop icon on Fedora 16/17 with Gnome

I attempted to create a desktop icon in Fedora Gnome but I only get a generic binary icon for my application. Installing Gimp or OpenOffice magically makes my icon appear. I used Google Chrome on ...
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understand if systray displayed in a desktop environment

I'm author of a couple off apps that make use of systray. Recently, since in some desktops only the indicator is supported (see ubuntu unity), I introduced a check and if indicator is supported the ...
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How to set up a taskbar in enlightenment DE?

There is no taskbar in e17 and it is not comfortable to check and switch between open windows. While ibar module provides some limited functionality it shows only minimized windows. There was itask ...
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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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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 ...
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Can I have different desktop directories on different workspaces on Gnome?

I am running Linux Mint with "Gnome Classic", I guess it's Gnome 2. I am currently using 3 workspaces, and I have nautilus handling my desktop. The problem is that my desktop is overloaded with ...
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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
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Is there a way to get anti-aliased icons in X, running Linux?

When I use graphical desktop-environment on Linux, no matter really what I use, I notice some icons tend to look aliased. It seems like there is perhaps a lack of anti-aliasing, like the curves on ...
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Is there a small, lightweight application to have desktop icons like on Windows?

I run Fluxbox with tint2 which I am very happy with, as I prefer it to running a full desktop environment, even a lightweight desktop environment. On the other hand, my normal workflow revolves ...
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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 ...
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How to enable right click on desktop? (Linux Mint 12 LXDE)

I accidentally disabled right clicking on the desktop in LXDE. Does anybody know how to enable it again?
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Completely disable the menu when I right click on the desktop (LXDE, Openbox, Ubuntu)

I would like to setup an old PC as a thinclient for our VMware View infrastructure. I need to disable the menu that pops up when I right-click on the desktop, along with some other things such as ...
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What happened to my desktop?

I have Linux Mint 12 Gnome desktop, everything was normal yesterday. I shut my PC down yesterday and went to sleep, I turned it on today, and see what happened You see how everything is messed up? ...
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Can conky float over maximized windows?

My idea is to use a minimized conky window on the desktop to show basically CPU and memory data all the time. Is this possible with Conky?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What to do when a linux desktop freezes?

I'm a Windows guy, dual booted recently, and now I'm using Linux Mint 12 When a Windows desktop freezes I refresh, or if I am using a program I use alt + F4 to exit the program or I can use ctrl + ...
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System freezing on Fedora 15 - graphics issue?

I've been using Fedora 15 for a couple months now and haven't had any problems. Last week I switched desks and got a new monitor, and now all of a sudden it will randomly freeze up. Also sometimes ...
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GNOME 3 Ctrl+Alt+D (show desktop)

I recently upgraded my system to GNOME 3. In previous versions of GNOME, the key combination Ctrl+Alt+D would hide all open windows and show the Desktop. This shortcut was eliminated from GNOME 3 ...
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Unity: Stop Dock Repopulation at Restart

Unity is currently the default window manager on my system, a window manager that's available for many Linux distributions, meaning this question isn't Ubuntu-specific. I have disabled the dock's ...
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Running Plasmoid under NOTKDE (e.g. Fluxbox) - Plasma/DeviceNotifier

Is there way to run Plasma/DeviceNotifier under another WM to KWin/KDE (e.g. Fluxbox). To be more specific, I have currently configured KDE, but I work remotely thorough SSH -Y + X-forwarding. So ...
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NVidia, Compiz and Desktop Effect Problem

I installed the Nvidia driver on OpenSuse 12.1. The driver was downloaded from http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers. But after I installed the Nvidia driver, I cannot activate any desktop ...
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OpenBSD performance tuning (desktop)

What are your ways of tuning a freshly installed OpenBSD operating system specifically for a desktop environment (faster UI interaction etc.)? What are the most important factors here to consider?
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Making applications persist when closed (like on Mac OS X) on Linux

Once an application is first launched in OS X from the dock, it stays open in the background, even after you close all open windows for that application. For example, if I open Google Chrome from the ...
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advance strategy to interrupt a linux application that has “hung” and made X desktop unresponsive

When an application (thunderbird) has a problem, sometimes it goes into an unresponsive state where it has blocked the UI, is blocking login processes (at tty terminals) and also is preventing a ...
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How to put Network places and My computer icon on Fluxbox desktop

I'm getting used to Fluxbox and it is great... I configured everything (icons, keys...) but I have this problem... I can't manage to put my Netowork places and Computer icons on desktop because I ...
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Debian GNOME 2.30, desktop does not respond anymore

I have Debian Wheezy with GNOME (2.30.2) installed on my computer and my problem is that my desktop does not work anymore. I can't right click on the desktop (to change wallpaper, etc...). Moreover, ...