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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Kali Linux + RPi : Desktop missing

I run Kali 2.0.1 (light version for ARM) on my Rpi2. Since yesterday, when I turn my Pi on, I get a partial desktop with 3 shortcuts : File system, Home and Trash. The background is still in place ...
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I need help installing mate 1.10 from source

I have debian 8, with mate 1.8. I would like to update to mate 1.10. I have been to the mate desktop installation page: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download#debian and I have downloaded various ...
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Synaptics touchpad LED support

How to enable support the LED in Synaptics touchpads? I'm using Debian Jessie and xserver-xorg-input-synaptics ver. 1.8.1-1. I found patches by Takashi Iwai from SUSE for LED support in Synaptics ...
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Desktop environment that stacks programs in the task bar

I'm currently on Linux Mint with Cinnamon and completely abandoned windows a couple months ago. The only one thing that I'm currently missing from windows is the stacking of several instances of one ...
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Fedora 20: Anyway to install the default tools which comes with Fedora-Gnome on Cinnamon?

I just did a fresh install of Fedora 20 and chose Cinnamon as my desktop. To my surprise, Gnome was not install at all.. and thus I feel am I missing a bunch of "stuff" that's normally included in a ...
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Why is Enlightenment 17 (Debian 8) not showing an icon when plugging a CD or USB pin drive?

I installed the default E17 with aptitude. E17 doesn't show any icons on the Desktop when I'm inserting a CD or an pin drive. Did I miss any switch in the Enlightenment settings?
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Why is Debian Wheezy not displaying desktop icons?

After freshly installing Debian with Gnome 3, I cannot enable desktop icons. I tried to use dconf-editor, but all values were locked. I tried sudo dconf-editor: The option was changeable but had no ...
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Why isn't there a Unix API?

Why isn't there the Unix API? I mean, as there is the Windows API. I know a lot of things in the Unix world is modular, and those things put together creates a whole system. This sounds good but does ...
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How can I show desktop icons in Elementary OS?

How can I show icons on the desktop in Elementary OS Luna? I tried using gnome-tweak-tool and gconf-editor but they didn't work.
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custom maximised windows-size in opensuse 13.2 (KDE)

Is there a way to maximise a window in openSUSE (KDE) to a custom size? There are obviously ways to fully maximise, or use a full quarter or half of a screen quickly. What I'd like however is using ...
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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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Caja - Respawning too rapidly

I had a problem with wxPython displaying on Mint 17.2 64-bit. This was fixed by installing gtk2-engines-oxygen. However the first time I re-booted after doing so caja started re-spawning more than ...
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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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GNOME: Bottom task bar is missing/blank after upgrade

I am running kali linux, which has gnome. I just updated with apt-get update && apt-get upgrade and that completed without incident, only a little while after did I realise that my bottom ...
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name of binary vs. name in GUI

I wish I could title this better. An example seems the best way of making the point: In icedove>preferences>attachments, for 'JEPG image' one can select 'Image Viewer' or 'Use other ...'. It turns ...
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docker - how to run x desktop in a container?

I'm trying to set up my Linux machine to run multiple guest OSes, one of those being a Windows VM, and another a Linux container. The goal here is to prevent me from messing up the host system, while ...
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Changing settings for XFCE4 on debian wheezy terminal

I am using a raspberry pi running raspbian wheezy. How do you change the desktop settings for an XFCE4 desktop on raspbian, installed with sudo apt-get install xfce4-full, now the default X desktop, ...
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Undo accidentally minimized desktop (now all desktop icons gone)

If you have a window active and hit "[Alt]+[Space],[N]", that window will be minimized. It has happened to me a number of times that I did this while the topmost window was in fact inactive (meaning ...
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Gnome desktop environment: how to get it working on OpenBSD?

I have OpenBSD 5.7-amd64 installed and patched with all the latest available fixes. I would like to have a minimal Gnome desktop environment and I did the following to my user account (not root ...
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Super key as shortcut - Openbox [duplicate]

I want to create the shortcuts: Super: Run dmenu Super← Left arrow: Move current window to the left I have both of them working, however when I depress Super it opens dmenu right away. ...
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Add Xfce Group to REHL 6.6

I want to install Xfce on my REHL 6.6 (currently I think it uses Gnome2 and Compiz) but yum grouplist does not provide me any kind of Xfce group after I run # wget ...
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Is there a way to have OpenSUSE (13.2) boot up without launching the GUI desktop?

What I'd like to accomplish is to have it boot to a script that would download and run a desktop through docker (something like this). We will have dozens of devices that will come pre-installed with ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 desktop frozen after login

I have just done a fresh install of Ubuntu 15.04 Server. After I log in, I see the dash and after a while just a black screen with the cursor on it. I have updated my nvidia drivers (sudo apt-get ...
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How to programmatically rename virtual desktop on Cinnamon

I'm looking for a way to programmatically create a new desktop and then immediately give it some arbitrary name. Creating a new desktop is not a problem, but I can't find a way to rename it. I'm ...
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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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Debian jessie without desktop

So, I installed debian Jessie on my computer. And it does not have any desktop. I have used numerous of different commands but it just say cannot be found. Thanks for the help. EDIT! One way to fix ...
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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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Writing a TXT file to the desktop before booting from a distro

What I'd like to know is how, obviously enough, I can add a TXT file to a distro's desktop before it even starts? For example: I'm using software which can view the file tree for an ISO image. Well, ...
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Best Window Manager for One Application

First off: I'm running CentOS light (If this is a bad choice, perhaps recommend one. I'm able to switch between distros fairly easily atm) and I don't need a complicated setup, I just need to be ...
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.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; ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Desktop files disappeared mysteriously. Entire directory missing

My desktop files on Ubuntu disappeared mysteriously when I tried to drag and drop files to my pen drive. I tried all options available on stack exchange and elsewhere on the internet, like ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Linux desktop (Mint MATE) requires reboot every few days

Summary After a few days of uptime, my system starts getting slow. How can I determine the cause and fix it? Opening a Youtube video or some web-pages will freeze Firefox for an increasing amount of ...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Fully disable workspaces feature

I've just installed Linux Mint and I am wondering how to fully disable or uninstall the workspaces feature. I've already removed the Window Switcher applet from the bottom panel but this doesn't fully ...
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xrdp to hdmi output

I am trying to run my Raspberry Pi as a sort of mediacenter/desktop. Ideally, what I want to do is connect to the raspberry pi through my rdp client and have the output reflected to my hdmi monitor. ...
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Blue Highlighted Screen in Elementary OS

Has anyone else had the problem of a blue box, similar to area selecting in Windows, staying apparent on the desktop of Elementary? Here is how it looks, and how do I fix it?
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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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How to obtain white text color on Mate desktop?

Actually my default text icons color on Mate is a very low contrast gray tonality: I would like to have a plain white text color. After googling a lot for a solution the most exhaustive thread I've ...
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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 ...
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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinamon Desktop Icons Root Account

I am using Linux Mint 17.1 64 bit on vmware workstation (Windows 8.1 host). I mainly use Linux for testing programs I have written (some have to be compatible with Linux). And I want to get familiar ...
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How to launch shell script with double click in CentOS 7

I need to be able to execute an executable shell script (sh) with a double click. I set the executable flag on the permissions for the file, and yet when I double click on it, it opens in a text ...
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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 ...