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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Custom desktop launcher search path in Ubuntu

I know I can write a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications or ~/.local/share/applications, but can I add new folders to the search path similar to the $PATH environment variable? For example, I ...
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Visual feedback for window focus with Alt-Tab? (Cinnamon)

I have a frequent problem that occurs with window-based desktops like Cinnamon or XFCE, especially on multiple monitors. I very often misread which Window has focus after Alt-Tab. So I will start ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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KDE Splash Screen doesn't disappear

Whenever I boot OpenSUSE, The KDE splash screen appears, which is normal. What is not normal, however, is that it never disappears again ! The previous session's windows just appear. KDE is ...
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Capture timestamped X mouse events, and render a video with custom mouse pointer?

I am typically using recordmydesktop to record some application interaction; however, on my system, recordmydesktop always shows the same mouse pointer/cursor (the arrow) - regardless if, in reality, ...
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Any tool to live patch X.org? I.e., reload X.org without logout and login

I'm trying minimize my number of reboots (it's a desktop Linux workstation), and I've found some nice tools that can reload the kernel without reboot: Oracle ksplice, SUSE kGraft and RedHat kpatch. ...
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Can't install Linux Mint Cinnamon nor Ubuntu while switchable graphics turned on

I've got Lenovo G500 intel i5 with switchable graphics (Intel and AMD Radeon HD 8579M). When I try to install Linux Mint Petra Cinnamon, when switchable graphics are on by the bios, live CD can't ...
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Application launcher with grid like hotkeys

Is there a desktop enviroment or tool wich can provide the following functionality? If I press a self defined hotkey, a menu of self defined shortcuts/launchers is shown somewhere on the screen where ...
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How to set up remote graphical sessions on CentOs?

Trying to set up a Centos 6 server configuration where we can automate the running of an application that uses Selenium. In this case, ideally, we should be able to: Create a graphical session ...
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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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Lubuntu 15.10 dual monitor setup issues

Problem description I recently updated my two monitor system from Lubuntu 14.04 to Lubuntu 15.10. I set everything on the new system exactly as on the old one before and I figured out a strange ...
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no names in kali linux

I am running kali linux, which has gnome. I just updated with: apt-get update && apt-get upgrade that what happen apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
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How to force correct name for .desktop file

I'm developing a Qt application using CMake, and am trying to make it difficult to open more than one copy of the app at the same time (as with Mac application packages -- you have to call the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Use nautilus instead of thunar with desktop folders?

I've installed Nautilus and removed Thunar in a Debian Wheezy XFCE install. I've gone into the settings and set Nautilus as the default application for the file manager under Settings > Preferred ...
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indicator-cpufreq in arch linux

I'm an Ubuntu user testing out Arch Linux. So far I'm happy. On Ubuntu I used the indicator-cpufreq applet to control power profile both on Unity and Gnome-shell. On Arch, I cannot figure out how ...
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ElementaryOS desktop messed up after trying to get NVIDIA drivers to work.

I've been trying to get the NVIDIA drivers to work on my Lenovo Y50 (GTX 860m) for a while. After installing them and rebooting, I get a black screen with some unhelpful text, which I usually remedied ...
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How can I embed a console app's output into my X11 desktop?

I'd like to view NetHogs output on my desktop. For example, do any Conky or applets on Cinnamon exist, so I don't need to have a terminal open all the time?
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Where is my Cursor?

My OS is Ubuntu 13.10, I use the following code to remove the KDE desktop installed before: sudo apt-get purge kde* And then use the following code to install GNOME 3.10: sudo ...
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Cinnamon (Petra) crashed. Opens in fallback mode

I'm not an expert on linux. My cinnamon (petra) just started to chrash on logons and I have no opinion for what did I do wrong. I have found a set of errors on my .xsession-errors. The below one is ...
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Ubuntu Precise — suspend wedges GDM — help!

I've been a very happy Ubuntu user for many years, and worked my way past any number of problems, but I've never seen anything like this. Recently I got a new machine and installed 12.04 Precise on ...
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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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How to switch xsessions?

I run xmonad/slock/lxdm currently, and I cannot find a way to get a "switch user" system working. Here's what I'd like: key combination returns me to login (applications still run in the background) ...
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(KDE or X ) Script opens konsole in wrong virtual desktop

I have this script. I put it in ~/Desktop. I view the script on my desktop in a "Folder View" widget. When I click on the script, I get list of users, then I get an authorization dialog box ( for a ...
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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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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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XBMCBuntu is not starting up to desktop

I am running xbmcbuntu for a few years now and everyting worked fine so far. Recently, I've installed a new hard-disk and made a new partition (sdc1) on it. Now, unfortunately, XBMCBuntu is not ...
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centos desktop is not running on my redhat 7 system

I'm trying to install CentOS desktop on Redhat 7; after installation, when I try to run startx, there is 2 seconds of a blue screen (perhaps it's trying to run) and immediately the startx shuts down ...
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How do I customize the launch menu icons in MATE

I'm running Debian 8.2 "Jessie" with MATE Desktop Environment. How do I rearrange and change the launchers in the launcher menu?
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Where does Docky keep it's settings?

Specifically I'd like to know if there's a file I can back up/directly edit that contains which launchers are in which docks, and in what order, etc.
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Linux replacement for Übersicht

Is there anything like Übersicht (for OSX)? It don't have to be 1-to-1 port, but in general I'm searching for an option to script widgets on desktop with html/css/js/shell-support.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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