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Expand KDE activities concept to the shell

Sometimes, I use KDE, and one of the things that I like the most in KDE 4 is the activity concept. At work, it is very useful because I often work on several different projects during one day. ...
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SFTP over reverse SSH tunnel?

I want to SFTP to a remote computer that is behind NAT. I can't modify the NAT router, so I have set up a reverse SSH tunnel using a middleman server. Here's what my SSH tunnel looks like: ...
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Screen doesn't always shut off on its own

It seems like when I have certain web pages focused, my screensaver will kick in, but the screen won't turn itself off. Does anyone have any ideas why this might be? Is there a way to disable whatever ...
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How can I set mouse sensitivity, not just mouse acceleration?

I can't find a single desktop environment that supports setting both mouse acceleration AND mouse sensitivity. I don't want any mouse acceleration, but I want to increase the speed of my mouse. That ...
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using sudo on GUI applications

When I was using kubuntu, I could always open X applications with sudo, sudo kate for example. Now that I've switched to arch that doesn't work. I know I've always been told to use kdesu, but what ...
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Linux distribution that offers a good KDE experience

I have been a Gnome user for years (8 years), and I'm looking for recommendations and comparisons of Linux distributions that offers good KDE integration/experience. Some details to mention: the ...
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How can I set env variables so that KDE recognizes them?

I need to set some environment variables such as the XDG spec ones, before KDE starts in such a way that kwin and any apps run from KDE will inherit them. Where could I do this, and how?
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How is the linux graphics stack organised?

Can anybody explain(hopefully with a picture), how is the linux graphics stack organised? I hear all the time about X/GTK/GNOME/KDE etc., but I really don't have any idea what they actually do and how ...
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Run a dbus program in crontab , how to know about the SESSION id?

I need to run some program within crontab , but how can the program know about dbus session id ? it's only available for programs launched by session managers.
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Why does my desktop lock up when I copy lots of files to a USB drive?

My desktop is usually very responsive, even under heavy load. But when I copy files to a USB drive, it always locks up after some time. By "lock up", I mean: Moving focus from one window to another ...
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UTF8 math symbols & keyboard layout / input

I'd like to use UTF8 math symbols, when typing one list, another list. I've found sth called ComposeKey. Unfortunately it's not covering omega, theta, rightarrow etc. I am using KDE, I've tried ...
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Why can't I run GUI apps from 'root': “No protocol specified”?

I installed debian onto my machine last night. Now, I don't understand why I can't run GUI apps from a terminal when running as root. For example: sudo -i glxgears Generates the following output: ...
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Some apps doesn't accept some characters from the «Compose» key

The problem is that the compose key works fine, but some application doesn't accept some characters from it. E.g. I can paste the character ∞ in Emacs (Compose+8+8), but this won't work in FireFox, ...
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Is is possible to use KDE as well as Gnome on a machine?

Is it possible to install KDE and Gnome on your machine (using Fedora) in such a way that when you boot, you can specify whether you want to use KDE or Gnome. Even better would be if you can switch ...
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How do I associate applications with KDE Activities?

How do I associate applications with KDE Activities? It doesn't seem obvious how it works. Are there any tricks?
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How can I create a new keyboard layout for KDE 4?

I would like to define a new keyboard layout for KDE 4. In particular I would like to take the standard British layout and add Polish characters for the combinations Alt-Gr + letter. How can I do it?
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How to register application in KDE?

Normally, when you install regular package of KDE application, its icon shows up in KDE menu. Now, I am making package for app which came in *.zip file, I can install it, run it, but it does not show ...
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Install KDE applications under Gnome?

I try my best not to install KDE applications on Gnome of my Ubuntu, but sometimes I have to install some KDE applications such as Okular. Moreover, sometimes I have to install from their source of ...
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Ideas how to get my usb audio interface to work with Linux?

PulseAudio does not appear to recognize the Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 USB audio interface. The 2i2, however, is properly recognized and it works as expected. I can't seem to get the 6i6 to work on the ...
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Qt based apps have unreadable, tiny font sizes

I'm running debian squeeze with Xfce 4.6. Today I logged onto my machine and all Qt-based apps have really tiny font sizes. I took a screenshot with Kile, skype 2.6, Kate and gedit for comparison: ...
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How do you set the path in a non-shell environment (KDE)? [duplicate]

I'd like to override one of the applications set in /usr/bin/. I have created an alternative with the same name in ~/bin/ which in in my PATH (as set both in .bashrc and in .profile). When I start ...
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Desktop indexing with KDE

I have just upgraded to KDE 4.13 on Arch Linux and it has brought my system to a screeching halt. I am pretty sure it has something to do with Baloo the new desktop search indexing system. I am not ...
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Application displaying latest blog posts on desktop

Is there an application for Linux which is able to put rss feed directly on desktop? I've seen lots of standalone programs, but I'd like to have a window in the corner of my desktop always showing ...
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Tips for improved font rendering and readability in Ubuntu with KDE

I am having difficulty using Kubuntu (or GNOME) for work because text readability is quite poor (read headache inducing) compared to Windows Vista/7 and OS X. Any tips on how to improve font rendering ...
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How to associate the Fedora Start menu with the Windows keyboard?

I would like to associate the Start menu with the Windows key on the keyboard?
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Launching applications from a terminal with specific window size and location

I am running Linux Mint 13, with a KDE 4 desktop manager. I would like to launch applications from a terminal (konsole in my specific case) and setting the exact size of the window and the location of ...
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Installing KVM on CentOS 6.4 without GUI (yet)

I've installed CentOS 6.4 from the 'minimal' iso, so it doesn't come with a GUI. Will this question's answer allow me to install KVM, or do I need to install KDE or X-server or something first?
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Suspending the global KDE&X-Windows keyboard shortcuts while specific application is running

I'm running KDE on Arch-Linux 64b. I've been a Vim user for two years now, and I want to try learning Emacs - just so I can have a justification when I diss Emacs users. So far, my main problem with ...
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Latest Debian wheezy/testing ISOs defaulting to KDE?

I've usually been using Debian Squeeze, as I've never really had any reason to go after the latest & greatest, and if I wanted to, I always had backported packages to rely on. However, my new ...
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kde install destroys gnome desktop

I recently installed KDE 4.7 on my wife's computer. I did not use the recommended Debian 'install task' method, which emulates the full install-from-.iso process. Instead I just did: # apt-get ...
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Overriding the shade of color displayed

I have to work on systems which display some colors that are hard to read. I ssh into these systems, but don't have management permission to change the colors they display. Is there any way I can ...
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messed up bottom panel - Fedora 14 KDE

I just started using Fedora 14 KDE (installed it yesterday). I'm coming from Windows, and the bottom "panel" was very convenient in its similarity to the Windows taskbar. Unfortunately, I clicked an ...
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Problem installing Okular from ppa under Ubuntu

Under Ubuntu 12.04, I installed Okular from a ppa. After I installed it, I ran into the following problem of opening a PDF file: $ okular my.pdf Got bus address: ...
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After restarting Chromium, fonts are malformed

As I mention in the title, everything works great until I restart Chromium. Then the fonts appear as in the screenshot. The weird is that only the tab title and the link is malformed. And it wont fix ...
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How do I exit full screen after enabling via the right click context menu of kwin (KDE)?

This is related to my other question: Kate has no window borders, and thus no minimize, maximize, and close buttons In KDE, after right-clickin on any window border, or it's entry in the task ...
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Remote desktop (KDE) over SSH reverse tunnel

I have a reverse ssh tunnel through a middleman server set up and working. I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 here and on the remote machine. I want to open a remote desktop session. Until now I've been ...