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Forced search on specific folders in file manager

I am running Arch using XFCE as a DE. I currently have Thunar as my file manager but I have installed Gentoo and Xfe remotely so I am waiting to have a look at them. My question is: in some file ...
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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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Create Shortcut to VMware

How would I create a shortcut to VMWare player on CentOS 7 desktop? A lot of people say it's not possible to create shortcuts on Gnome 3, I have seen it working with a special file, but i'm not sure ...
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Linux cloud Desktop provider (Alternative to Amazon WorkSpaces with Windows)

Are there providers who offer Linux Desktop hosting? I wish to use it instead of VPN provider (privacy, private web browsing). Amazon WorkSpaces only offers Windows based Desktop.
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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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Show desktop button for GNOME 3

https://www.gnome.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/activities-overview-940x529.png On GNOME 3, RHEL 7, how can I create a button that can be very easily reached with the mouse (only 1 click if anything ...
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Kali Rolling Release Upgrade 2hr Login and Frozen Desktop

I upgraded Kali to Rolling Release today and the install went smoothly until I restarted after the installation. It took about 2 hours to get from the login screen to the desktop. The screen is now ...
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Wrong monitor size

When I run xrandr it shows me that my monitor has 640mm x 360mm but in fact it has 920mm x 522mm. My desktop doesn't fit into monitor display. How can I set correct monitor dimensions?
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Is it possible to move content of screen?

I connected old Philips TV to my computer. It works but what I see on it is shifted to the right. So on the left I have black gap and on the right some part of my desktop is out of screen. Can I ...
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Same File Browser with option open four or more different folders

I am using the Linux Mint with Mate 1.12.0. When I opened my File Browser I can press F3 to open an extra pane two different directories at the same time. Is it possible in the same window to see four ...
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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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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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Graphical UI stops working shortly after boot [Linux Mint 17.3]

I recently updated to Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit from 17.2 through the update manager. Upon reboot everything was in working order so I decided to update the kernel as well which was probably ...
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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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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 delete all desktop notifications forever on SUSE KDE

I can't find the "get the hell away from my desktop" button, on SUSE 42.1 KDE. I want any version of a desktop notification gone forever. I have log files, I know how to use them. The desktop ...
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Remote Desktop to Linux server goes black after idle

I am connecting to a CentOS 6 VNC server with a Windows 7 Client with Remote Desktop. I can connect fine and as long as the console is being used and active everything is fine. If left Idle the ...
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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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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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What is desktop manager of Mint?

Quick question for Linux Mint users, what is desktop manager in Linux Mint? (I mean manager, which handle icons on desktop, wallpapers, etc.. I dont mean DE)
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Where does docky store its configuration?

I need to apply different profile of docky, for different desktop sessions, but I can't find where docky stores its configuration. I've tried ~/.docky and ~/.config/docky but these folders don't even ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop manager

How do I activate the desktop manager? I'm getting the error message "desktop manager inactive" after installing, then removing Cairo. When looking for alternative desktop pictures, I installed ...
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How to Disable right click button on redhat 6?

In my Redhat 6 Machine, I have 5 users: "user1", "user2", "user3", "user4", "user5". When I am logged in as "user1" or "user2", I want to disable right click on the Desktop but when I'm logged in as ...
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Missing icons of desktop

I'm working on a virtual machine (vmware) with a Fedora 18 and something really weird happened there, that I can't solve. I use to switch from the virtual to my normal OS (Windows) using Alt+Tab. ...
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Linux as personal desktop [closed]

Around the world, most of the times, Windows user use fake serials to use the OS (and related software) for free. What are the reasons that they do not try to adopt Linux which is available at no ...
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Simply type to search in the default KDE Desktop/Activity

In KDE, one can create new Activities, which are a sort of different types of Desktops (sets of workspaces) with specific characteristics: To specify each activity there are various options. ...
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How to properly execute a script from desktop on Mint KDE 17.2 and Cinnamon 17.3

I created a simple shell script and copied it onto desktop on the following systems: On Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3 Beta: It asks me every time whether I want to Run in terminal, which I would like to ...
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Tab in xterm under KDE always brings up accessibility tool dialog

Using KDE 4.14.13, Fedora 22, kdm desktop manager, if I type Tab to try to do command line completion I get the KDE accessibility tool dialog asking me if I want to enable "Sticky Keys" and "Mouse ...
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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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kwin: key binding to move a client to a different desktop

How does one go about adding a Kwin shortcut that reassigns a client to a different desktop? KDE is set up for nine desktops with keyboard shortcuts for Kwin for navigating between them using ...
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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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Backintime Linux desktop backup to a Synology DiskStation

Backintime doesn't support plain SFTP backends so it does not seem to be easy to setup a remote backup to a Synology Diskstation (in my case a DS214 with DSM 4.3). Backintime supports SSH/rsync based ...
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Prevent lockups from badly behaving browser tab?

I've been having some issues on my desktop. Debian 8. Sometimes the system becomes completely unresponsive, for up to fifteen minutes at a time. This almost always happens when I'm running a browser, ...
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Force nautilus desktop to open files with another file manager

I'm using Elementary OS Freya (which is based on Ubuntu), with nautilus to manage the desktop. Is there a way to force nautilus desktop icons to open files with another file manager (PCManFM in this ...
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Do all Linux distros and Desktop Environments have to be opensource?

I have always been under the impression that all Linux distros and Desktop Environments must be free and opensource. Is this correct? If so, how do I go about acquiring a source from one that's ...
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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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Desktop top panel displays the icon of active program with wrong label

This probably is a new feature of RHEL7. It put an icon and a label of active program on the top panel. But when running our company's application, the label is not the right name of the program. Is ...
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How to arrange icons on desktop in KDE

I'm using KDE, my display manager should be: $ cat /etc/X11/default-display-manager /usr/bin/kdm How to arrange icons, or better to say aling them to a grid, on desktop on Debian? I mean similar ...
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Automation: Autorearrange/reorganise Desktop Icons

I'm running Linux Mint 17+ on a laptop and I insert and remove external drives quite frequently. There are a varying number of other icons on my desktop, which I prefer asthetically pleasing, and they ...
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Some applications on my unbuntu won't launch (document viewer)

My Document viewer is not able to launch. When I open it using commandline it gives me the following error: evince evince: error while loading shared libraries: libffi.so.6: failed to map segment ...
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Where are minimized windows in naked Xvnc4? How to restore minimized windows?

I am running VNC server as described here: No windows frames on VNC screen I am running only few applications, so I have empty desktop and terminal in the beginning. If I run some application, like ...
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get available screen size after considering space used by the menu bar and launcher

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. I know how to get my screen resolution using xrandr or xdpyinfo. But with these tools I get the maximum available desktop size .... I have a menu bar at the top that takes ...
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Cinnamon Menu Applet Won't Display

Cinnamon version: Cinnamon 2.6.13 OS: Fedora 21 When I run cinnamon --replace, there is no error messages for menu applet: js-Message: JS LOG: About to start Cinnamon St-Message: cogl npot ...
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Positionioning items on the desktop

I have found gvfs-info to display the data, including position, of a desktop icon, and I can set the position info of item xyz.png on the desktop by doing: gvfs-set-attribute ~/Desktop/xyz.png ...
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Change XFCE desktop font color?

I'd like to change the text color(under icons) on my desktop. I already tried editing the .gtkrc-2.0 file but it doesn't seem like there's one.
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How to quick move+resize a window using ALT key+Mouse on Ubuntu Mate 15.04?

On earlier Linux GUI Desktops, it was quick and easy to move around or resize any window just by holding the ALT Button + clicking and dragging the mouse on almost any position of the app window, so ...
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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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Where is the default icon used by Gnome when no icons are found?

Just to experiment, I moved the folder /user/share/icons/ away, as in saved it on a USB drive and deleted it from Linux. Now, all icons are shown as the default "white" icon. Where is this icon ...
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Drawings, clocks and other designs not showing up on conky, only text is being shown

I am trying to use conky on elementary os. But any widget with some form of design is not showing properly on my system. If this is not the correct place to ask this question, please redirect me. ...
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Desktop Environment of kali linux

Whats the desktop environment in kali linux 2.0 (sana) I am to able understand because they have some mixture of gnome + cinnamon and tell me how can i do this with my fresh debian installation