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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How to detect from script when the user's desktop is loaded?

I have a deamon, implemented in bash and running by means of cron and the @reboot option, that shows the desktop in inactivity. The script is as following (timings are short for testing purposes): #!/...
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Terminal only as “Desktop”

Is it possible to have a terminal only desktop in Linux (Mint)? I want to boot normally, meaning I want to be able to start GUI programs (IDEs, Browsers etc.), but I don't want anything on the ...
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Assigning awesome keybinding for more than 9 tags

I'm using the awesome WM and the nine default tags (or "virtual desktops") are not anywhere near enough for me: I've got a lot of VMs and remote VNCs etc. In the past I've used window managers with ...
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How does the Linux desktop perform system actions?

The Linux desktop can perform several actions which is otherwise not available to the user when logged in from a terminal. Actions such as system shutdown, and changing system time are accessible only ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a small, lightweight application to have desktop icons like on Windows?

I run Fluxbox with tint2 which I am very happy with, as I prefer it to running a full desktop environment, even a lightweight desktop environment. On the other hand, my normal workflow revolves ...
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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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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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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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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 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: ...
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Splitting the Home dir two different partitions

I run a Ubuntu desktop environment with two harddisks. A small SSD and a large regular disk. Currently i run a setup where my home drive is located on /home/name, but some folders e.g. Downloads ...
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How to replicate a currently installed Linux system as an installation CD?

I have an installation of Ubuntu 13.04 which I have customized to be just the way I want it (default applications, user accounts, desktop environment settings, ...). Now, I want to be able to ...
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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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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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How to get better desktop performance in linux?

Normally I do not care much about desktop - performance, since my servers do not run any gui. But at home I run some older hardware (Pentium) which gets sometimes very sluggish (mouse-movements in KDE)...
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How can I open a window on a different monitor?

With multiple monitors, I have so far been dragging windows manually around. Is there a way to make a window open on a specific screen in a dual-head setup? (Not to be confused with multiple X server ...
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Do I need X11 to install other desktop environments?

I just installed Arch Linux (Latest stable ISO from website) and I need to know whether or not I can just go straight to GNOME/KDE/LXDE, etc. without installing X11 first.
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How can I get information about my virtual desktops via the command line?

I'm curious how I can get information such as the dimensions of my desktop, which desktop is currently active, and what labels (if any) are set for my desktop enviornment (DE).
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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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Why I cannot move to trash from /var/tmp?

I just found out on Fedora 20, that neither with Thunar nor Nautilus (I'm using Xfce4 here), I can't move file from /var/tmp to Trash. More precisely, in Nautilus the menu option is not available, ...
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Guest desktop with no configuration permissions

I would like to set up a guest account on my Ubuntu so that anyone could log in (no password) and browse the Internet. But the guest user should not be able to modify desktop configuration (remove ...
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Install Desktop on Centos 6.3 remote server

Through our hosting provider, we can create servers running CentOS 6.3. However, these installs are meant to be used as servers that are accessed remotely. They do not come packaged with a GUI "...
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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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Can conky float over maximized windows?

My idea is to use a minimized conky window on the desktop to show basically CPU and memory data all the time. Is this possible with Conky?
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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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Change desktop wallpaper from terminal

I am running Mint 13 with Cinnamon 1.6. I would like my desktop wallpaper to automatically change depending on the time of day. So, the first thing that comes to mind is setting up a cron job to do it ...
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What is keeping Wayland from overthrowing X in Linux? [closed]

Everyone agrees that Wayland is better than X11 for your usual desktop. Why is X then used by every major distro? Is it bugs, little compatibility from apps (is that even an issue?) or something else?
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What is the concept of Refresh in Linux, if there is so

I have read in forums and googled results , that Refresh is not needed in Linux (Ubuntu /Linux Mint , etc ) like systems. I never found the reasons or concept behind REFRESHING in Linux. What ...
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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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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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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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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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install minimal desktop on CentOS 6.3

I just want to install a minimal GNOME desktop without all the Thunderbird/Firefox and any other packages that may come with full CentOS Live Cd. Is there something like yum groupinstall base-desktop? ...
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Is there is tool similar to ShiftIt on OS X?

I'm looking for a keyboard controlled window sizing utility similar to ShiftIt on Mac OS X: https://github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt
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Completely disable the menu when I right click on the desktop (LXDE, Openbox, Ubuntu)

I would like to setup an old PC as a thinclient for our VMware View infrastructure. I need to disable the menu that pops up when I right-click on the desktop, along with some other things such as ...
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How to refresh the desktop background in various desktop environments? [closed]

In XFCE 4.10 I can refresh my desktop background with xfdesktop --reload. I would like to know how I can do the same for as many as possible other desktop environments (Unity, KDE, LXDE, Mate, ...
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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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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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show filesystem instead of “places” in gtk file chooser

In almost any program, when I click on open, a file chooser dialog opens as shown below. This dialog shows recently used files Desktop and so on. This is extremely annoying. I would like to see my ...
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Is there a way to make feh fade in between transitions?

I would like my desktop wallpaper to fade between transitions instead of a cut. Is there a way to do this with feh? Maybe using xcompmgr or compton? If not is there a way of doing it without changing ...