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GUI for GIT similar to SourceTree

Is there a similar piece of software to SourceTree, a GUI for git, for Linux? I know about Giggle, git cola, etc. I'm looking for a beautiful, easy to use GUI for git.
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How does the power button shut the computer down without root permission?

When I try to shutdown the computer from a command line or terminal I must have root privileges: amy@amy:~$ shutdown now shutdown: Need to be root and amy@amy:~$ halt halt: Need to be root but ...
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the lightest way to have a GUI in Linux?

I have been using Gnome and KDE for a while, and I am now running Compiz standalone... Regarding system resource, I think the most heavy ones are feature-rich desktop environments (Gnome, KDE), then ...
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Which GUI diff viewer would you recommend, with Copy-to-Left/Right functionality?

I've hardly ever used anything other than Meld. Can you recommend anything else? It would be extra nice if you give a reason for your recommendation (as a Comment). [note] I want an alternative ...
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How do I change the number of available workspaces in Cinnamon?

I am used to four workspaces in Gnome, but now that I have Cinnamon installed I only have two. Can I increase the number? If so, how?
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How to make those old-school GUIs (like the debian/arch installer)

I've been doing a lot of installs lately, and when possible I usually opt for the text install from the Live CD's GRUB menu. Most installers looks like this: I always thought these GUIs (if you can ...
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Software for visually building regular expressions?

I frequently need to create regular expressions for use in scripts (mostly when used in sed), however, I find, sometimes the regular expressions get very complicated and difficult for me to understand ...
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How do I merge two *.avi files into one

I have two *.avi files: sequence1.avi sequence2.avi How do I merge these two files using a command-line or GUI?
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How to soft kill gui applications via terminal?

Is there a way to close a GUI application in friendly "please quit yourself now" way, without graphical access to the applications window? For example, if Gnome/X display crashes to black, I'd like ...
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Is there a good combination of command-line and graphical file browser?

Is there a feasible solution than combines the advantages of a command-line and a graphical file browser? For example, the command-line is good to change the directory and execute commands but can't ...
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Prompt user on Linux security denial

Is it possible to make a Linux security module (eg. AppArmor, SELinux etc.) prompt the user, when an application wants to access classified files or folders (digital signatures, SSH keys, credit card ...
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How do I work with GUI tools over a remote server?

I have an Ubuntu server running on EC2 (which I didn't install myself, just picked up an AMI). So far I'm using putty to work with it, but I am wondering how to work on it with GUI tools (I'm not ...
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Detach/reattach an application run on X over SSH?

I have a development server that I leave running all the time, and a development laptop that I turn off/on everyday. I have a GUI application on the server that I'd like to run over SSH -X, and I'd ...
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Modifying PDF files

I need to do some basic editing on existing PDF file. I.e. I need to: Add chapters/bookmarks Change some page numbering However I cannot find any tool - GUI or commandline - which would offer this ...
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Video playlists with start and end times

Is there a good GUI-application (for example an mplayer GUI or something like banshee) for linux which allows to make and edit playlists (for video files) with different starting and stopping times ...
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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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Are SUSE servers intended to be used graphically?

After being a long-time Debian Linux user, I decided to give SUSE a try. One of the major selling points of SUSE is the YaST configuration system. It provides a set of wizards for common configuration ...
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How to run a GUI program as a different user (Debian)?

Using a terminal, I can change the running user with su and sudo — but how can I do that by clicking on an icon/shortcut on the desktop/start menu? If I have to be root to execute I will be asked ...
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How to make startx use alternate xinitrc?

I don't have a desktop manager installed (and I don't want to). After logging in through the terminal I use startx to start the GUI. I have entries in ~/.xinitrc for my GUI sessions. Right now I have ...
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vim: how do I set :match and :2match search results to different colors?

For example, I want something along the lines of: :match search /<div/ guib=Green :match search /<\/div>/ guibf=Blue only that doesn't work.
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Which GUI svn client allows searching through history?

I'm looking for GUI tool that allows searching svn history, and more than just log messages.
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linux x.org alternative

We have so many options for window managers, shells, desktop environments, distros, and kernel architectures under Linux, but why after (maybe) 20 years do we only have X.org server (including its ...
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How to select complete file in vi, to be pasted in gedit?

I know that doing %y a will yank complete file into register a. However this doesn't help in pasting the file content in another text editor (say gedit). What alternative is there for doing so?
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Is it possible to retrieve the active window process/title in Gnome?

I need a solution for getting the current active (focused) window information on a Gnome 2 desktop. I'm mostly interested in the process running that window and window title. Is it possible? ...
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Is there any (good) SQLite GUI for Linux?

I'm looking for a SQLite graphical administration utility for Linux but I can't seem to find any (I found an extension for Firefox I'm not a user of that browser). Is there any that you know of?
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Can I Uninstall GUI From Debian?

I just did my first install of any Linux OS, and I accidentally selected "Desktop GUI" in the install, but I want to build everything myself. Is there any way by which I can uninstall the GUI ...
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GUI input for shell script

I have a shell script which installs a program in RedHat. I need to add a GUI for entering some parameters so that it looks like an installation wizard . I tried Xdialog, Zenity, and Yad, but they ...
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Light GUI user interfaces

I have some older machines that cannot run new versions of Debian/Ubuntu/SUSE/etc on KDE and GNOME GUI, they just crash. It's probably because of the graphics card driver or unsupported graphic cards ...
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Graphically ask for password in a bash script and retain default sudo timeout setting

The sudo -A (SUDO_ASKPASS) option apparently causes sudo to lose the timeout (e.g., timestamp_timeout) setting. I want to use the sudo -A option but I want to retain the default timeout (e.g., 15 ...
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Solaris 11 login banner

How do you add a (GUI) login banner in Solaris 11? I've done quite a bit of searching and have found many things on SSH and FTP banners/motd for remote logins, but not much for the local GUI login. I ...
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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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How do folder name localizations work?

In Mac OS X, there are directories like Desktop, Users and Library. On localized systems, these would be named Skrivbord, Användare and Bibliotek (Swedish) But when I am in the terminal I can't ...
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What to do to run GUI Java app in chrooted environment?

In my case Java app is JDownloader. I prepared chroot environment as explained here: http://www.0x61.com/forum/post5240333.html#p5240333 and here: http://interreality.org/~reed/java-chroot.html ...
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Extract audio from video in Linux with a GUI program?

When I use Thunar I like adding to custom actions command lines like those presented here, here and here to extract audio from videos. I mean without transcoding/altering the sound, just putting it ...
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dialog or zenity?

I am working on a project. I have two options for the GUI part. Either use dialog or zenity. I never used any of these tools before. I have to learn one of them. Suggest me which one should I learn ...
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How to disable “Shake password dialog when authentication fails” of Gnome Screensaver?

Is there any way to disable the animation which occurs when attempting to unlock gnome Screensaver and failing? Currently the password dialog shakes back and forth and for some reason on some laptops, ...
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Any tool for inspecting GTK3 elements?

gtkparasite is great for GTK2, but unfortunatelly it can't do GTK3 applications. Is there any alternative?
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How do I change my monitor's gamma settings?

How do I change my laptop monitor's gamma settings on Linux Mint 9 (preferably using a GUI interface)?
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Building a kitchen appliance: stream, surf, touch screen, boot fast

I want to build an appliance for the kitchen. It is supposed to play music (files, streams, CDA), surf the web (recipe sites!), maybe play video (files and streams) display todays agenda during ...
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Minimal gui for Eclipse Indigo on Ubuntu

I'd like to install Eclipse I could use via VNC on a minimal Ubuntu 10.04 installation, but without the unnecessary bells and whistles that come with gnome-desktop. All I really need to do in an ...
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personal document management system

I'm looking for a personal document management system that would: track changes in documents in a configured directory tree save new files to a content repository (thus allowing of their versioning) ...
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Can I attach a GUI process to a “surrogate X server”?

I have been in a situation where my desktop has crashed and become unresponsive. (In my case it was the Cinnamon DE, and I have yet to try cinnamon --replace from the commandline, BTW) I was using a ...
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Changing user password through GUI app

I was making a GUI application to manage users and groups in Linux! I'm done with the part where it creates a new user, but stuck with the part where it gives the newly created user a new password. ...
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Automating tasks on a website on a headless server

I want to automate a task which can only be done on a website (with prior login) on my debian server. There is no public API available, so I can't use one. Is there a way to do so? I thought about a ...
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Is there a usable gui front-end to git on Linux?

I'm a former windows user and just started using ubuntu. On windows, we had two great softwares: TortoiseSVN and TortoiseGit. Both are so good programs that they allow us to do everything like commit, ...
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How to start graphical interface before login?

I've installed Oracle Linux 6.4 (x86_64) on a server as a database server, the packages installed by default didn't include the graphical interface. Following this article, I installed the referred ...
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how to make my bash script look 100% like a GUI app (so user never sees terminal)

I created a bash script using kdialog (and it runs on Kubuntu 12.04). The GUI is used for every user interaction (after the first one). However, the script still has to be launched from the terminal ...
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How to set the path OSX applications use

I'm running Mountain Lion 10.8.4, and have my environment all customized through ~/.profile so that when I run GUI apps like Sublime Text or Eclipse from the command line open /Applications/Sublime\ ...
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I need a very light weight GUI to run under Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) with a twist

I am in kind of a pickle. I have a VPS, for which I am paying next to nothing and grandfathered in. Therefore I am unwilling to part with it. And I want it to perform a smidgen more by making it ...
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How to format USB drive in Linux Mint 14 with GUI? [duplicate]

I'm new to Linux Mint and I've just installed Linux Mint 14. Now I need to format my USB drive, but I'm not getting any option to do that. Please suggest me anyone, how can I do that with a GUI?