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I am a Fedora user and hence I am going to recommend it. The default Fedora desktop ISO is a Live image with GNOME 3 as the DE. But you have a number of other choices.


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I used successfully the following workarounds on ASUS X51RL laptop: For the login display going rogue, I deleted /var/lib/gdm For the gnome desktop interface problem, I added the following instructions at the end of the ~/.xprofile file : xrandr -s 1280x720 sleep 1 xrandr -s 1280x800 It appears necessary to change the resolution, with a one second ...


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Part of your confusion may be from the fact that GNOME has two parts, the shell (which is comparable to Unity), and the desktop environment (which Ubuntu uses with Unity). Unity and the GNOME Shell are interfaces. The GNOME wiki explains it like this: GNOME Shell provides core interface functions like switching windows, launching applications or see ...


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Depends on the flavor of Unix you're using, I guess. In OS X, you can use the open command: OPEN(1) BSD General Commands Manual OPEN(1) NAME open -- open files and directories SYNOPSIS open [-e] [-t] [-f] [-F] [-W] [-R] [-n] [-g] [-h] [-b bundle_identifier] [-a application] file ... [--args arg1 ...] ...


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If you mostly work on the command line, you could look at a curses-based file manager, like ranger or vifm. Both allow you to define default actions for filetypes. In vifm, for example, in ~/.vifm/vifmrc you can define associations like so: " Images filetype *.jpg,*.jpeg,*.gif,*.tif,*.png,*.bmp sxiv " Media filetype ...


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Sort of, but it will change your default application as a result. I'm not sure what other operating systems this works on, but the instructions below work for Ubuntu 12.04 - Desktop X86-64. I didn't have any pdf files handy so I tested with a .zip archive. General Steps Step #1 In a terminal type: $ mimeopen -d /home/username/example.zip screenshot #1 ...


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There isn't a command that I've ever seen that will act as "open with..." but you can use the command xdg-open <file> to open a given <file> in the application that's associated with that particular type of file. Examples Opening a text file: $ xdg-open tstfile.txt $ Resulting in the file tstfile.txt being opened in gedit: ...


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It's an old system, so I would avoid anything with a fancy window manager. You could try running Xubuntu, since it has a light-weight window manager. I would advise you to steer clear of older Linux versions because they might not be supported anymore (especially security patches). When installing Ubuntu/Xubuntu, let it use the entire drive. It will ...


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The userland GUI stack begins with the Xorg server, which manages hardware -- both the display and input devices -- and provides the foundations of a windowing environment. It is a server whose clients are GUI applications that appear in a window. I believe the name was originally derived from one of the original X shaped cursors (but treat that as ...



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