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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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, ...
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What is the easiest way for me to take a video of what I'm doing on a Linux desktop?

Sort of like the Windows counterpart of CamStudio.
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What is the X desktop start up process / program hierarchy?

How do all the components that make up an "X desktop session" fit together? I've gone through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Window_System , and I see that there are all sorts of components like X ...
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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Looking for tools to build minimal linux desktop

Increasingly I am dissatisfied by the fact, that configuring my linux desktop usually means removing bloat instead of adding and tweaking features. I have come to the conclusion that I would rather ...
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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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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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Benefiting of sched_autogroup_enabled on the desktop

I am running a 2.6.37 kernel with sched_autogroup_enabled set to 1. I am not certain that I am seeing the benefits of this patch since: I am launching my applications from the desktop; applications ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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Ubuntu Desktop lost

On my Ubuntu 10.10 system, after configuring an external CRT to clone my desktop over S-Video, I've lost my desktop icon and right clicking on it does not show the menu or the menu bar. I've tried to ...
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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: ...