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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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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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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Is there a linux distro that uses Jack audio server all the time?

By this I mean a distro that does not use pulse audio at all. So when you are runing programs like miro or mumbles you do not lose audio playback becuase Jack took over the audio stack.
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How to run gVim in a single instance

I want it in such a way that on double clicking an already opened file, or a new file, gVim uses the same window. From this question asked previously on Stackoverflow I figured out how to do this by ...
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Which Distro/Virtual Machine combination is fast and stable?

For numerous good reasons (you know them best ;-) ) I am willing to switch my Notebook's OS from Windows 7 to Linux very soon. However since I am an absolute Linux beginner I am not committed to any ...
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Where can I propose development ideas for Linux desktop?

I've got this idea for Linux desktop development which keep bugging me since a while. Now I can program a tiny bit, but it's just a hobby, so I'm not very good at it. So I want to propose my idea ...
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Restoring the old 'lenny' Debian desktop

In lenny, the Debian desktop's default image was the red Debian logo, and it looked like this: However, in squeeze, the desktop has been replaced by this: How can one restory the lenny ...
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How do I refresh Gnome 3 applications

I just added and modified a .desktop file in my /home/user/.local/share/applications folder. Is there any way to refresh the icon and caption in the list of applications without logging out?
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Why does installing Debian from DVD download many packages?

I know Debian is general purpose, so a Debian install could just as easily be a server as a desktop. It seems, however, that even with a DVD of disk1 from Debian, it is downloading a tremendous number ...
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Desktop Actions and mime types for a DRM file format

I want to handle a DRM file format, which adds an encryption wrapper outside of the protected content. Please see the diagram. _________________________ | DRM wrapper MIME | ...
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Setting a program as the wallpaper

From Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon: The background of his [X] screen happens to be a uniform indigo at the moment, but it could be an image. Theoretically you could use a movie ... You can, in ...
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Why don't Gnome or KDE produce their own distribution (or other desktop projects for that matter)?

When I think of the recent debacle where Canonical and Gnome disagreed and each went their own way in terms of producing a new desktop, I wonder: Why doesn't a desktop project like Gnome produce its ...
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sticking stickies to windows

I'm looking for a sticky notes/knotes/etc type program with one difference: I can stick a note on a window, rather than the desk top, and it will remain attached to the window. Basically, I want to ...
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Problem with Fedora 14 Virtual Desktops (KDE, Compiz)

I have multiple, random problems with my Virtual Desktops. I'm running Fedora 14 with KDE and Compiz on a dual-monitor config. What happens (at random): I often (almost always) have a problem with ...
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How to know the types of windowing system, window manager and desktop environment of a Unix-like OS

I was wondering what commands/utilities can be used in terminal to know the types of windowing system (such as X window system), window manager (such as Metacity, KWin, Window Maker) and desktop ...
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Add applications to launcher

I recently installed Matlab in /usr/matlab. What do I do to make it appear in the application launcher on the top left of the taskbar?
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xfdesktop (xfce4) broken? (can't set wallpaper)

On start-up, xfce4 loads lots of desktop pictures (I have the settings set to 'image list') one after another (about 10, but I have the feeling it gets more and more). That by itself would be no ...
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How can I set desktop defaults for new users?

How can I set up desktop defaults, much like most distributions do, for every new user? (ex. default wallpaper, apps, etc)
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What are the user interface subsystems, their components and responsibilities?

I am trying to understand the different subsystems that are in charge of the user interface, the terminology to refer to them, and how they are structured; so far I know there are: At the top level: ...