In the X window system, a window manager controls the way your desktop works, including how the windows look and act.

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Drag and drop between windows in tiling i.e. minimalist WMs?

Do any any minimal WMs, like scrotwm or xmonad (OR any others), support drag and drop between windows out of the box? If so which? If not, is there a way to enable such functionality? A classic ...
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Graphical interface on a remote server?

I've got a VPS with Debian running on it. I connect to it using SSH and configure it in a console mode. Now I want to install some graphical interface to it and use my VPS in graphical mode from my ...
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Need a programmers advice on *X display manager, window manager and composit manager combination

First of all: I asked this question on SuperUser, when I wasn't thinking about a StackExchange Site for Linux-related questions. So if this violates any rules please feel free to close. I have ...
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Run an app with a window manager behind in a separate X server

I want to launch an app in a separate X server. It needs a window manager behind it, though. I created a script #!/bin/sh x-window-manager & my-gui-app and launched it with xinit ...
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Windows 8 style window manager for Linux

Are there any windows managers out there for Linux that offers the "metro" style window management that Windows 8 offers? Actually it's not just Windows 8 that offers the style I'm looking for. iOS, ...
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Terminal and web browser combination

I often use only two applications, terminal and web browser. I like the tmux application which enables to split a terminal window into more regions. I noticed that I can open lynx in another region ...
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How to make Mutter default window manager

I'm running Debian Squeeze and removed Metacity in favor of Mutter. How do I avoid having to run mutter --replace each time I start Xorg (GNOME)?
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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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Fullscreen game messes with my xrandr dual-monitor setup

I have Gentoo Linux, the Awesome window manager and an open-source ATI driver. Here's my xorg.conf: Section "Files" #ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules" FontPath ...
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Tilling window manager written in Python

Is there any tiling manager like XMonad but written with Python? I think Haskell was too hard for me. But I know python a little.
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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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gVim opening a tab pushes status line out of window

When opening a new tab in gVim (with :tabe), the status line at the bottom of the screen disappears. If I press : and start typing a command I can no longer see the command on the status line. When ...
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Window Manager for TV

I have Ubuntu installed on my computer, which is hooked up to my TV. I have tweaked some of Gnome's settings to make it easier to use from my couch (display larger fonts, increase the size of the ...
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Raise Brightness When Maximizing Terminal

I'm looking to raise the brightness when I maximize or foreground the Terminal window which has Vim running. I would like to reset the brightness to normal when I minimize or background that process ...
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How to set awesome's wibox visible only for certain tags?

I'd like to have special wiboxes for certain tags like multimedia, development. I couldn't find any option in wibox for that and I'm newbie to awesome. I think it can be done using some event ...
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Alt+tab on Fluxbox

I've been using fluxbox on my netbook, and have been very pleased. That is, with everything but one feature. I would really like it if I could use fluxbox with the added functionality that when I use ...
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Problem with xmobar

I'm setting up an xmonad window manager and I came across following problem - when I try to configure xmobar and run it it shows: xmobar: .xmobarrc: configuration file contains errors! Usage: xmobar ...
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What are the differences between xdotool and xautomation?

xdotool and xautomation are two command line X11 automation tools. I've used the former for a while and only recently found out about the existence of the latter, and I'm curious to know what someone ...
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Help with diagnosing a mdm/Cinnamon freezing problem?

I use Linux Mint 16 64-bit Cinnamon. I've just deployed it on two computers and (again) suffer from spontaneous freezing of the graphics terminal. Fortunately the rest of the system seems to be ...
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Do I need a desktop to run a GUI?

I am setting up a lightweight VM, following the guide in the Ubuntu Documentation What I want to be able to do is ssh into the VM and then launch a GUI application. I don't need / want a desktop. ...
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Fix terminal title after SSH remote logging to another machine

right now I am using an one-line perl code to change titles of my terminal bars, print("\e]0;@ARGV\7"); but every time after I ssh to another remote machine, the title will be modified by the host ...
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What are the kernel, the “GNU tools and utilities”, the shell and the Window Manager?

Among the many components of a Linux system, I find myself confused (as a newbie) about what exactly is the kernel or what is GNU's part. I understand some basic concepts of this, but where is the ...
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Which desktop environments let you switch to a non-default window manager?

I used to use fvwm as the window manager under Gnome 2, but as I understand Gnome 3 can't be used with a non-default window manager, so I'm looking for alternatives. Are there other desktop ...
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Fluxbox battery monitor?

I'm using fluxbox on Arch, and I'm trying to put a battery monitor in the toolbar, next to the time. gkrellm takes up too much space, and can't be configured in the toolbar, as far as I know.
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KDE windows maximize automatically?

There is a similar question on Askubuntu. One solution was Maximus, however it doesn't work on KDE, only on Gnome family DEs (Gnome Shell, Unity, Cinnamon). KDE settings are rich, but i didn't find ...
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Scroll between tags in Awesome WM

How can I add smooth scrolling between tags in the Awesome WM? I realize I can't run compiz with Awesome. Is there something comparable that I can run? I don't need any other effects, switching ...
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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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ratpoison keyboard shortcut conflicts

I recently installed ratpoison as my first real foray into tiling window managers. The first problem I ran into is that the Ctrl-t keybinding used for ratpoison commands conflicts with those of other ...
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How to refresh a window by terminal? Or how to simulate `F5`?

I would like a way to refresh a specific window by the terminal. Probably I will need a comand to find the id or the name of the window and a command to refresh it. It looks like xrefresh cannot do ...
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Generic screen reset for borked X display?

Is there a generic way to reset the display on a borked X session? Let's say that you open your laptop screen after it's been put to sleep, and the display is blank, or scrambled beyond visibility. ...
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Multi Pointer Window Manager

I test Multi Pointer X (MPX) and I read that there is Multi Pointer Window Manager (MPWM) which has additional fetures to support MPX. The problem is that I can not find MPWM. I googled it and there ...
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Launch an application with window decorator hints, x/y coordinates, size, etc

Is there a way to launch an application with a given size, position, and window decorator hints from the command line? I'd like to lock a certain window in a certain place at a size and without a ...
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Does Gnome Shell use Mutter?

In Wikipedia is written that Gnome Shell in Gnome 3 uses Mutter window manager. But ps x | grep mutter shows that Mutter is not running. Moreover I had experience with working Gnome Shell before I ...
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Can you set a program to open “always on top” by default in XFCE4 (xfwm4)?

For some reason I can't seem to find the answer to this. Setting "always on top" in the program's titlebar doesn't seem to persist after the program shuts down or the computer reboots. Please note ...
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debian wireless networking through terminal

I'm starting to use the wmii windows manager and I want certain pieces of information to display on a status bar. If I were to want to display the ESSID for the network, I would have to find it ...
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Group and lock certain windows to a workspace in Gnome 3

Is it possible to group certain windows to always occupy the same area and always be in the same workspace? If so, how? For example I'm using Eclipse and I have multiple detached windows and for ...
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Switch to TWM in Fedora 20

I want to use TWM without, say, GNOME or KDE or Xfce. Just plain TWM, no frills. I'm new to the whole desktop environment/window/display manager aspect so I'm not sure how I should go about setting ...
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Openbox isn't loading correctly

I'm on Crunchbang 11, 64 bit, it is a Debian Wheezy distro. This morning Openbox isn't loading correctly     All the programs and shortcuts are working correctly. Conky is loading ...
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How to tell xfce (or an application) where to put the window when starting?

I have a number of different boxes, all running debian and xfce. When I launch multiple applications (specifically xterm windows) on one machine, they end up all in the center of the desktop, and they ...
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Running Plasmoid under NOTKDE (e.g. Fluxbox) - Plasma/DeviceNotifier

Is there way to run Plasma/DeviceNotifier under another WM to KWin/KDE (e.g. Fluxbox). To be more specific, I have currently configured KDE, but I work remotely thorough SSH -Y + X-forwarding. So ...
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How to launch a GTK program centered on the screen?

I'm trying to launch xcalc from the command line, in my embedded Unix, and I would like it to start centered on the screen, is there a way? By the way, I'm using WindowMaker, if it makes any ...
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How to add “always on top” button to window decoration in eOS?

Using the Tweaks tool, it's possible to change the buttons layout and also add a minimize button. However, how could we add a button for toggling "always on top"? There's a "custom layout" option in ...
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losing unicode support urxvt when logged in as user, root shell has them

I am on a minimal debian testing install. I've set up rxvt-unicode, herbstluftwm, and SLiM. With my username, after SLiM logs me in, all of the urxvt terminal instances i start lack unicode support. ...
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Control-q-? key binding in Awesome WM

I wish to configure my Awesome Window Manager so that the keyboard shortcuts begin with ctrlq. ctrlq-x, ctrlq-y, ctrlq-z, and so on... I've attempted to modify the /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua config ...
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Why is this autogen.sh script failing?

I've downloaded this window manager from github and it has a autogen.sh script but it failed each time. I don't know what could happen or how to fix it: Output from ./autogen.sh: ...
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How to setup Kiosk type functionality in Linux mint cinnamon? [duplicate]

I'm using Linux Mint Cinnamon. I want to setup the computer to act as a kiosk, where the user can only really interact with Firefox in full screen mode. What is the easiest way to lock the machine ...
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Window content freezes

I recently started using Kanotix, a Debian based distro that loads itself into RAM on boot, and i'm loving it. But this is the second time I have this problem, and I was wondering what caused it and ...
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Windowing system strictly for code editing? [closed]

I'm a usability obsessive and I can't help dreaming about how nice it would be to have a windowing system configured for nothing but editing code... mostly it would be ultra minimalist, with just ...
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On Arch, how can you set a WM to start on boot?

How would you go about getting X and a window manger to load on boot, and present a fancy-ish login screen like you would in other distros? I want to use something new to me like dwm or bspwm, but I ...
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switch window manager when logging in in text mode

Suppose I don't start the display manager on boot and login through the terminal. How would I switch my window manager? With gdm or gdm3, you use a scroll box to select it.