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Dragging and dropping tabs between browsers

When dragging a tab from Firefox to Chrome/Chromium, or the other way, why is it not accepted by the other browser? One would expect the tab that was dragged over to appear together with the other ...
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How can I run ssh-add on demand? Can it act as SSH_ASKPASS?

I want to ssh from user@local to user@remote several times per day with an encrypted SSH key, a situation which ssh-agent handles with a good trade-off between security and usability. I'd also like ...
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Huge UI elements in Crunchbang

I have just installed Crunchbang on my Desktop, and windows and menus appear incredibly enlarged. When I right click the context menu fills the screen, for example. My graphics card is the Radeon HD ...
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Changing fonts for the Smuxi application

I was checking out the graphical IRC client smuxi, which I had never heard of before. This application appears to be a GNOME application. Anyway, how do I change the default font on this app? The ...
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How to create GUIs (such as menuconfig) with lxdialog

I try to generate a menuconfig by my own with the help of lxdialog (source: lxdialog). Unfortunately this is not so well documented as I wished for. Example: So what I did: I included these files ...
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Modify the right click options when clicking a desktop icon

I'm wanting to restrict a standard user from being able to right click a desktop icon in Linux (Raspberry Pi running Debian wheezy). I don't want to disable the use of the right click totally (like ...
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Why does Linux print a lot of debugging messages on boot/shutdown?

Why does Linux print a lot of debugging messages during the boot and shutdown processes? The boot/shutdown processes usually have no error. Why not hide the debugging messages, and show them only ...
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Background selection menu crashes in GNOME 3

I'm using Debian Jessie with GNOME 3. When I started using GNOME 3 I had no problem changing the background image, and I did it a few times. But one day the menu started crashing. When I open the ...
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Difference between the Unity shell interface and a desktop environment

I am writing a report and I have stumbled across a topic I am not quite sure how to to discuss. Essentially I have been doing a little research on the Unity shell system and its usage in Ubuntu ...
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Should Unix sub-command names be case sensitive?

Commands like git, hg, and apt-get all have sub-commands (is there a better name?), and they are all case-sensitive: hg log # not hg Log git status # not git Status ...
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Can Vim be made simpler? [closed]

I have a 300MB file I want to edit, search, remove duplicate lines, compare 2 files, that sort of stuff. I tried Sublime Text 3, which was slow and crashed often. I asked for recommendations and was ...
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Linux Operating System Graphical user interface [closed]

So I am currently looking into operating systems at the moment out of interest and have read quite a few articles and guides on making your own, I found Linux and how its possible to create your own ...
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Booting into shell instead of graphical interface [duplicate]

I have a laptop with lubuntu. It's great but I wish LXDE was optional instead of autostarting. So my question is, what can I do to make it boot directly into a text only mode, not loading anything ...
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Graphical Interfaces cutomization and theming

I'm currently using Linux Mint 15, Cinnamon 1.8. I really like it except for the customization and theming part. In Widows 7, themes also affect the windows of programs or you can set colors. Is ...
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Change (reduce) Gnome 3 horizontal icon padding in notification area (Debian Wheezy)

I'm using Gnome 3.4 classic mode on Debian Wheezy. In the notification area, I would like to know how to change (reduce) the horizontal spacing (or padding) of the icons. By default, the icons are ...
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Is there a text-only equivalent (no curses) of `zenity --question`?

For my mercurial commit hook, I want to run my test cases and be asked whether I really want to commit if any of the tests fail. I'm thinking something like <run-the-tests> || ...
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Install x11 on my own linux system

I have developed my own tiny linux file system using buildroot and busybox. I used linux-2.6.38.8 kernel configured and cross-compiled for target system(X86) according to needs.Now the filesystem is ...
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Are there any standards/documents which tell me how to produce such nice help messages?

This is a follow up to a previous question, where Silverrocker suggested a nice way to display a help message similar to commands like ls or du. program --help Usage: program ...
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getopt, getopts or manual parsing - what to use when I want to support both short and long options?

Currently I'm writing a Bash script which has the following requirements: it should run on a wide variety of Unix/Linux platforms it should support both short and (GNU) long options I know that ...
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In the usage string of my custom shell script, shall I also display --help and --version?

I'm currently developing a shell script, called up, which shows a usage string on the commandline when called with --help. The output looks like this: $ up --help usage: up [-n ...
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Why is the terminal case-sensitive?

When I do - CD .. instead of cd .. it gives me error saying - CD: command not found Why is the terminal case sensitive when it comes to linux commands? I mean you should be able to execute the ...
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Modeless vs modal editors

I just started learning Linux and all my previous experience of programming has been using the Windows platform. I came across Vim editor and read that it is modal editor unlike notepad which is ...
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vim: How to switch to the directory listing from file view?

I have opened a dir vim some/dir. I can navigate within the tree, yet once I opened a file I wonder, how do I close the file view in order to go back to the directory listing to navigate to another ...
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apple-like momentum scrolling in linux?

is there a way to make the scrolling on a linux machine (running X11) more like apple's natural scrolling? With 'natural scrolling' I mean the fact that you can flick trough the pages, there is ...
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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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how to forbid a command without a permission

I intended to delete all the backup files in a directory, so I was going to type rm *~ in the terminal. Unfortunately, I hit the Enter before hitting the tilde and unhappy things happened. Although, ...
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Which Linux distro supports GNOME 3 by default?

I was planning on installing a new Linux distribution and I am thinking of trying GNOME 3 interface. Other than Fedora 16 (which has GNOME 3 as default) which other distro supports it? I know it can ...
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Screen blinks when unauthorized action is attempted

I'm running Fedora 16. When I'm using vim or the terminal and I mistakenly direct the cursor to an inaccessible place, eg when the cursor is all the way to the top or left of the screen, the whole ...
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What linux is best suited for people new to computers?

What would be the easiest linux for people who are new to computers? The computers here have 256Mb RAM with 40GB hard-disks. UPDATE: Most of them apparently have more than 265MB of RAM with some ...
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How to turn off the help menu in Lynx

I have a really small space reserved to Lynx for a quick lookup, as I need that often. However, the "Help" menu takes a lot of space and I don't really need it now. The red oval is what I want to ...
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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 ...