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Is there any way to let it snow on my linux mint destkop?

I want snow fall on my desktop really badly. Tried Xsnow (with Mate/Marco, Mate/Compiz and KDE/Kwin) but doesn't work. Snow plugin for Compiz doesn't work anymore either. Snow feature of KDE was ...
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How do I get Ctrl + Alt + t to launch ther terminal in Linux Mint 13 MATE?

Pressing Ctrl + Alt + t seems to do nothing on my Linux Mint 13 MATE. How can I set this shortcut to launch a terminal window? As a detail, it seems the terminal is mate-terminal rather than gnome-...
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Linux Mint MATE “notifications area” - much bigger than it needs to be

This feels like quite a dumb question and I'm a bit embarassed to ask. But it's really bugging me. A week or so ago, triggered by I don't know what (but presumably something I did by accident) the ...
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How can I get a username prompt on Mint 16's login screen?

I changed my main user's ID from 1000 to 999 and now it no longer shows on the login screen. I expected it not to show, but I also expected the login screen (the default that ships with MATE/Mint 16) ...
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How to set Sublime Text as default text editor?

How to set Sublime Text as default text editor? The only option I see is Pluma. I'm using Mate Desktop on Fedora 19. Edit: The Sublime Text executable (installed by hand, not a package) is at /...
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Mate desktop breaks with no panels and tens of caja windows on user switching?

I'm using Sabayon GNU/Linux with Mate-Desktop. I have my computer set up for multiple users so my girlfriend and the kids can use it too. ~ $ uname -a Linux 3.9.0-sabayon #1 SMP Thu Jun 27 07:53:45 ...
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Shortcut to google selected text

Is there a way to customize evince to search on Google a selected phrase? Like in Firefox where I select a text and right-click--> "Search Google for ..." If evince isn't customizable, is there any ...
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How to set environment variables under MATE?

I have just installed MATE under Ubuntu Saucy. No problems. Except I am trying to setup Texmaker, the LaTeX IDE, and cannot figure out how to set the paths to the LaTeX tools (pdflatex, etc.) which ...
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Compiz + MATE windows jump to previous workspace

I have a fresh Mint 13 Maya (MATE edition) with Compiz enabled. I also have a two-monitor set-up with the nVidia drivers with TwinView. I have set up 4 horizontal workspaces via CompizConfig Settings ...
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Whose password should I enter?

Authentication is required to perform this action. Whose password should I enter? Mine? Root's? I can never tell.               ...
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Storing the private key password for auto-mounting SSHFS?

I connect to a server via sshfs using private/public key pairs. My local key needs a passphrase to use. NOTE: The public key has already been copied to the remote server. I'm looking for a method to ...
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Using/enabling gsettings/dconf key without running gnome-settings-daemon

I'm using Sublime Text 3 on Linx Mint MATE edition, installed on a laptop with a 4K 15.6 inch display. The high dpi means that most UI's have to be scaled. I have gotten most of the programs I use ...
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Using the MATE clock applet without a password

This is just a minor annoyance, but I'd love to fix it. I'm running Mint 17 with MATE 1.8.1. The clock applet on my panel knows my location, and displays the weather. Sometimes I like to look at ...
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Changing the mouse pointer in Mate

I am using Fedora 20 with the Mate desktop. I sometimes give talks, using LibreOffice Impress for a slide show, with a laser to point out details on the screen. I will be giving a talk where the ...
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Keyboard doesn't work in X11 after resuming from sleep/suspend

My computer: Debian 8.3 Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u3 (2016-01-17) x86_64 GNU/Linux Dell Latitude 5420 I'm using XMonad window manager, some applets (in stalonetray) ...
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Changing fonts in the Mate terminal application

How would I change the font of my terminal in FreeBSD to the Noto Sans font? I am interested in Noto's support for a wide variety of Unicode characters. I downloaded the font using the package manager ...
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How should I configure my multi-monitor setup on MATE?

I'm running the MATE desktop environment on two monitors on Debian using the NVidia proprietary driver. I'm facing a problem where after logging in, panel widgets like the clock or the Workspace ...
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How to write dconf overrides for site-custom keybindings?

I want to add custom keybindings using dconf. Previously, I had do the same job using gconf and succeeded. However, there are some problems using dconf. (I'm working on a Debian package, so file-...
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No hibernate option in power manager on Mint 16 MATE

In my fresh install of Linux Mint 16 with MATE, I have no hibernate option in the Power Manager; only suspend and shutdown. In the Quit menu I have hibernate as an option. Also sudo pm-hibernate ...
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What is the reason behind changing the name of well-known apps? [closed]

MATE has forked a number of applications originating as the GNOME Core Applications, and developers have written several other applications from scratch. The forked applications have new names - ...
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Why do multiple instances of Mate-terminal have the same PID?

I've noticed, that all mate-terminal instances I start, be it inside a mate-terminal or via a link button, have the same PID. For example, I got something like $ wmctrl -lp <omitted lines that ...
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How to avoid system timeout to login screen when I make a cup of tea?

Linux Mint 17.1 (MATE) running on HP G250 Laptop and older HP desktops. It's just me and the dog at home and I like to run the computer all day, but it keeps returning to the login screen after a few ...
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Using mate desktop without systemd

I am using Debian Jessie with the Mate desktop and I would like to remove systemd from my system. I am following these instructions but as soon as I enter apt-get remove --purge --auto-remove systemd ...
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ubuntu/debian: using bluetile with GNOME2-like environment?

The installation of debian wheezy defaulted to the KDE desktop environment. How do I remove it and switch to GNOME 2 (the version that is used in stable)? I fear that if I just install gnome-core, it ...
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Chinese input in Linux Mint 13

I started to use Linux Mint 13 MATE a few days ago. What frustrates me most is that I can't found anywhere to change my input language. In Windows, it is easy, just Ctrl+Shift. How can I configure the ...
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What's the closest you can get to rebooting without killing all running processes?

How can I get the effect of rebooting on refreshing the system (freeing resources and reinitialising them) without killing most of the things I have running? Could I unload and reload kernel modules? ...
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Change volume with terminal

Using mate and linux mint, I would like to create another keyboard shortcut to increase and decrease the volume. Currently, I'm using custom keyboard bindings with mate-keybinding-properties. I ...
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Keyboard layout panel applet in MATE 1.6

I'm on a system with MATE 1.6.1. I didn't find the Keyboard Indicator Applet in Add to Panel list. How can I add this applet to a panel?
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caja is not mounting smb shares

Recently, caja refuses to "mount" smb locations for which it previously gave no complaint. Usually, I would access various share points using caja by typing smb://<server>/<share_name> in ...
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adding text to titlebar in all root windows [closed]

When a window is opended with root priveleges, I want to display some text in the titlebar to inform the user that he/she is root in that particular instance. I'm currently using the MATE desktop ...
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System creates extra shift/alt/control keypresses

OK, so this is strange. I recently bought a HP Pavilion ab153nr laptop and installed UbuntuMate 15.10 on it. While setting everything up, I noticed that the screensaver would occasionally stop ...
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Apply keyboard buttons combination on release

I installed LMDE2 Mate, with repos pointing on Debian testing. In Pycharm(Jetbrains IDE) I have to press Shift+Alt+E in order to call python console. My problem is, when I am pressing Shift+Alt ...
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How to configure LinuxMint 17 to invoke commands from the mouse?

My PC runs LinuxMint 17 in the 64-bit MATE edition. How can I configure X (or MATE?) to invoke these two commands from my mouse (which is a 6-button Logitech M705)? send the clicked window behind ...
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In MATE, how do I get different panels per workspace?

I'm running MATE 1.8 in Linux Mint 17 Qiana. I have three workspaces set up, and panels at the top and bottom of the screen. I have a bunch of items in the top panels that launch various applications ...
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mate-panel --reset command not found

After some updates, our Ubuntu 14 MATE desktop doesn't have a panel, nor does it load a terminal. After pressing ctrl+alt+f1, and logging into our account, I tried the command: mate-panel --reset ...
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Half of the window in one workspace and the other half in another one

I have an application that runs in an embedded system with 2 screens. However, in my development environment I only have one monitor, so in order to debug the application I used to run the desktop ...
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How to set size of mate-panel via command line (not via dconf)?

When I install Linux Mint (Mate, Qiana) I like to make Mate panel more wide (or may be "higher"). Default it is near 20 pixels. I make it, for example, 45 pixels. I can easy set it by right button ...
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Modify sound volume per application [closed]

In Fedora 12 + Gnome 2 I used to be able to modify the volume of each application seperately. Now, I'm on Fedora 20 + MATE 1.6.2, and this option is gone. If I click Notification Area > Sound > ...
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Linux Mint: How to disable or remove applications comment from favorites menu?

How can I disable or remove application comments from the "favorites menu" on Mate? Or remove them completely from Mint? There is an option for disabling comments from "all applications menu" but ...
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I disabled Compiz and the title bar on every windows is missing now

I am on Linux Mint 15 (Mate). I installed Compiz following the steps in this tutorial. Then due to some problems I faced, I decided to disable it. So I executed the following command: metacity --...
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mint 14 mate: window manager doesn't work after reinstall mate-panel & mate-applets

After doing a sudo apt-get --purge remove mate-panel mate-applets and a sudo apt-get install mate-panel mate-applets for trying to get rid of a trayicon issue on my system, the mate window ...
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In MATE desktop, Right click context menu not as desired

I want to right click on a folder and easily open it in my favorite music player, say VLC. I have chosen "Other Application" and selected VLC and the option to "Remember" this selection. The folder ...
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How can I show alert message on the desktop

I am using Fedora 20 with a MATE desktop and the Z shell. Is there a way to display a message on the screen somewhere, sent from a shell program, when the terminal window is not visible?
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Why does terminal say it's installing a package that's already installed, when I try to install something completely different?

I'm on Fedora 23 MATE. I tried to install virtual box an hour ago but it wouldn't because their website is down. I had also installed gyazo. That had no issues. Now when I try to install ...
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Geany: Open a new instance per workspace when opening a file in that workspace

I'm using Mate 1.2.0 in Linux Mint 13. The two text editors i use are Gedit and Geany (v0.25): i use Geany for all my coding as i prefer the syntax highlighting and some other interface features. ...
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Missing menu on Mint host using RDP unless logged in on host console

Using Remote Desktop from a Windows 7 PC to connect to a Mint 17 VM with MATE, the Show Desktop icon displays, but the Menu button does not. However, if I go to the Linux machine and log in, leave ...
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How do I get rid of these broken package errors and install Mate in Linux Mint 16 Petra?

I have upgraded my computer to Linux Mint 16 Petra. Everything worked smoothly during the install with no errors, or indications of any problems. However, after I rebooted, Mate was no longer an ...
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Debian Mate : share folder with samba

I'm using Debian Jessie with Mate desktop. I installed samba and added my user to sambashare group. I can write in /var/lib/samba/usershares/. Yet, I can't share a folder using the "share folder" ...
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Mate menu (Linux Mint 17) searches files when pressing enter - can this be changed?

Example: I press Supper button: menu opens. I write "fir": it shows Firefox, just like any launcher. I press Enter, it starts searching the whole system for files named "fir". I can avoid this by ...
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Change the current directory when a terminal is opened

Always which I opened the terminal, on the Linux Mint, the directories which the terminal started is: /home/user. How I changed this default directory to another, e.g. /home/user/Download?