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Desktop is a set of unifying concepts used by graphical user interfaces to help users more easily interact with the computer.

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Xdmx unable to open display :0

'm experimenting with Xdmx, for now with the systems only. I launched hem both, the client (192.168.1.221) is logged into a full Plasma session (I executed xhost + 192.168.110) while on the server (...
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Emblems in Nautilus/Caja from GNome/Mate STILL align overlapping, when more than two are set

As given by the topic, i'm still struggling with this annoyance. I'm using mate 1.20.4 and it still has this bug for years, now. Odd is, that i can't find any solution or even anyone else complaining ...
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How to change default desktop path in KDE plasma?

Recently I've just been run out of space in my filesystem , so I decided to move ~/Desktop folder to another partition and just make a symlink to it(as ~/Desktop).The problem is that KDE only shows ...
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Can't access USB devices inside of VirtualBox

I am trying to pass USB stick to a Windows installation inside of VirtualBox, but it doesn't show any of the USB devices. I also tried instaling the VBox Extension Pack and running it with USB 3.0 ...
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Play audio output as input to Zoom

Somewhat related to how to pipe audio output to mic input and https://askubuntu.com/questions/602593/whats-a-good-soundflower-replacement-for-ubuntu but those both involve "recording". I want to ...
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How do I disable file types on Desktop in Linux Mint?

On my desktop, the files have their type underneath them like this: How do I disable this? It's very annoying and takes up too much space.
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Fedora 31 refuses to show desktop icons if I have Wastebasket icon enabled

I installed the GNOME Desktop Icons extension through GNOME Extensions, but the icons only show up if I don’t allow the Wastebasket icon to display. Why is this, and can I fix it?
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What is the name of this interactive animated cat on kde desktop?

I've recently found a computer on which there was an animated cat sitting on the system tray. He followed clicks, and looked like this: I tried to find what it's called by running ps -fe > cat.txt,...
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Disconnect desktop apps output from going to journald/syslog

At our university/department we run a bunch of Debian 10 labs. When people start applications from their desktop environment, some output goes to systemd journal + syslog (+ remote syslog collection) -...
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How to pin desktop to primary display with multiple monitor setup

I have a vertically placed external monitor while the primary monitor is laptop. Both of similar resolution. The vertical screen is not always connected, but only when I am in office. The headache is ...
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Raise the Elephant not working with Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS?

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. This was not a fresh install, but rather an upgrade. My question regards a keystroke combination that I would use when the browser would ...
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Best way to check if Nautilus File Manager is running?

I've been working hours on this problem. When nautilus file manager is NOT running nautilus is running because it controls icons on the desktop. $ ps -aux | grep nautilus | grep -v grep rick ...
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How to cycle display desktop in Lunutu by keyboard?

I know Win+F1, Win+F2 or Ctrl+Alt+Left, Ctrl+Alt+Right can switch to another desktop. But how can I do it like Alt+Tab to toggle desktop cycle by keyboard ? For example use Ctrl+Tab or F8 ? I need ...
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Debian 'bullseye' - mouse pointer disappears on GNOME3 backgrounds

Since some recent upgrades on my Debian system, I experience the mouse pointer disappearing in front of Gnome backgrounds, meaning the top-bar, the desktop and system window. As soon as the pointer is ...
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Monitor file and overwrite it every time it changes?

I have an application with the default icon which I don't like, I want to enforce the icon I wish. I can change the .desktop file and set the Icon value to use my icon. But the problem is: whenever ...
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What is the Xfce desktop manager - given it's not Thunar? (What is the Xfce equivalent of nemo-desktop)?

Trying to make Nemo take over the desktop in Mint Xfce I found that very difficult, even if Thunar is uninstalled. Therefore, it is not Thunar by itself that handles the desktop (the icon desktop I ...
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Make Nemo handle the desktop in (Mint) Xfce

For the purpose detailed below uninstalling Thunar is not a solution. The behavior described below stays the same if Thunar is uninstalled. So, it is not Thunar as such that handles the Xfce desktop....
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xfce4: how to override Debian wallpaper?

After upgrade from Debian10 (buster) to Debian11 (bullseye = current testing) and rebooting, xfce4 shows a blueish wallpaper with a "debian^10" logo. I should be able to override this choice from ...
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Can windows on my desktop be automatically arranged to fill in any gaps?

On different desktops I will arrange my windows in such a way to provide the most optimal placement for that workflow. The annoying part of this is then adjusting the size of each window to fill in ...
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MATE Desktop - Change mouse right click settings?

I'm using opensuse MATE v1.22.1 and I am having issues right clicking. When I right click on the desktop or a folder inside of the file explorer, caja (which I believe is the MATE equivalent of ...
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Missing desktop files or folders on Debian 10, but I can see them on file manager

I installed Debian 10 from the minimal installer I downloaded from this link, and I choose the GNOME Desktop Environment. Everything seemed to be fine during the installation. Now, I found out my ...
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KDE show open application only on one desktop

using KDE 4.3.5 on SUSE 11.4 (Enteprise). All applications appear on task panel at the bottom regardless of desktop. Is it possible to configure the panel that open aplication will appear only on ...
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XFCE4 notifications over SSH on ubuntu

Task is simple: Send desktop notifications over SSH. I know for this I have to specify not only DISPLAY=:0 but also the dbus address for the user that is running the GUI. In my case, the uid is 1000. ...
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How can I set wallpapers for other users without logging in to their accounts?

I am working on a bash script that creates users from the root account. I would like to set the background for those users without logging into their account and changing it manually. I am running ...
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Is there a way for a normal person like me to create a linux GUI like Cinnamon or Gnome? [closed]

So, I am trying to create my own Linux distro based off of Ubuntu (called "Cubuntu" and pronounced "Chew-buntu") and I was wondering if I could create my own GUI or desktop environment for cheap or ...
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How to use ssh as a xsession

I have two computers running Kubuntu 18.04. From the client, I connect to the server with ssh, all is going well: ssh -X $SERVER_IP 'export $(dbus-launch); plasmashell' I'm able to interact with ...
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Is there an application to watch changes in auto starting apps and services?

I'm thinking of developing an application to watch changes for auto starting applications and service that would notify when: A service state change (enabled/disabled/added/removed) An application ...
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Why are my desktop applications children of PID1

I'm launching my graphical applications with i3bar. When I look at my system's process tree with pstree,I can see my graphical applications (Firefox, Chromium, Termite etc) are all children of systemd ...
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“Unable to detect the URI-scheme of…”

Lately this has become a more frequent error message here. In this case, I installed the MPLAB X IDE, and it seems the installation does not create a .desktop file. So I copied one of smaller .desktop ...
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Debian 10/Buster crashing after days of usage

I am using Debian 10/Buster on my desktop with Gnome3. It is working quite well but after a couple of days it will just crash. The PC is still on, but the keyboard is unresponsive and the display won'...
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Is there a tablet-like desktop or theme that works well with touch screens?

I am trying to find either a desktop or desktop theme that works well with a touch screen. What I need must be as light weight as possible, compatible with debian stretch (preferably) or other *buntu ...
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Optimizing Linux for desktop responsiveness without thirdparty kernels

The default linux kernel config (at least in Ubuntu and Arch) is not as optimized for desktop responsiveness as linux-ck or Zen Kernel. The difference between those kernels and the default one is very ...
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Open a file in the default text editor programmatically

I'm writing a program and I need to implement opening a particular file in a text editor. The file type has a different association by default (it's associated to the program itself), so calling xdg-...
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NetBSD desktop install

I've had NetBSD 7 installed for several years, running MariaDB 5.5.52 and gcc 4.8.4 and Geany. I would like to install a slightly more advanced desktop than XWindows. When I cd into /usr/pkgsrc/meta-...
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rm -rf ~/Desktop - how to fix it and/or change the location

I was trying to symlink Windows desktop with Lubuntu desktop folder, but have in the process removed the Lubuntu folder completely. I know I can't recover the lost files, but how do I fix this now, ...
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Kali linux crash on desktop

I made a Kali bootable USB drive with latest Kali release (Kali linux 64 bit, version 2019.1a https://www.kali.org/downloads/). Loading Kali and doing any action on desktop (like moving mouse for a ...
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Menu icons on Jwm 2.2.0

I'm trying to get the icons to show on the Jwm menu of a machine running Jwm-2.2.0. The setup which work on Jwm 2.3.7 does not seem to work on this earlier version. The code I use is: <IconPath>...
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no mouse after launch script with xsession without desktop

I need to launch a zenity's script with mouse, I managed to launch the script using "Xsession". With the following configuration : [Desktop Entry] NAME=rdp Exec=/Xfreerdp.sh Terminal=false Type=...
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How to list system tray icons and their processes?

I am writting a BASH script to monitor a program's status. That program is close source and I have no control over it. It can create an icon in system tray. What I need is knowing if currently there ...
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.desktop launcher of $VISUAL failing

I have built a little launcher editor in a desktop file called "createlauncher.desktop" that opens up a second, read-only desktop launcher file called "SHORTCUT.desktop" in a text editor where a PATH ...
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How to make desktop color by xfconf-query in ubuntu18.04 please?

My environment is xubuntu 18.04 64-bit. I use this to set desktop's color: xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/workspace0/color1 -n -t int -t int -t int -t int -s 19018 -s ...
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Select area on screen with pointer

Is there a command line tool that let one select an area with pointer and print the result to terminal? Much like with various screen capture tools, but I want the coordinates. For example x,y,width,...
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Take screenshot of another X session

User A is using Ubuntu desktop. I want to SSH remotely (as User A) and take a screenshot of the desktop from the terminal.
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System created desktop icon won't access zfs mirrored pool

I had my Linux Mint 19.1 installation put icons (links) to my filesystem and removable drives by right-clicking the Desktop, clicking Desktop Settings > Icons tab then checking Removable Devices in ...
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how import/copy a file or directory into Desktop ubuntu 14.04 laptop

My Dell Precision laptop has a funny Desktop (it is 14.04 with KDE) as different from my table-top comp with 12.04 and any other comps I used before, I don't see any directory named "Desktop", but I ...
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lightdm config damaged

I accidentally erased the plymouth package which removed many more packages. The system would still boot but the console hung. I added the packages lightdm and lightdm-gtk-greeter, and now I do get a ...
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Trouble getting to Desktop directory, with Bash on Microsoft's Windows (WSL)

I'm using the Bash terminal for Windows and currently this is what I get when I type ls -a <username@userPC>:/$ ls -a . bin data home lib64 mnt root srv usr .. boot dev init lost+found opt run ...
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Desktop icons showing files of home

I think at some point I might have accidentally moved the Desktop folder onto my Pictures folder, and when I noticed I reverted it. But ever since then, the icons shown in my graphical desktop are of ...
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lxde desktop shortcut remove prompt that ask action (open execute)

I've create a simple file.desktop from chromium but every time I click on it it prompt : this file seems a script whatn you want to do? Execute Execute in terminal Open Cancel This ...
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Rotate window but not rotate desktop/screen

I need to rotate a window (90º to the left) but with the desktop runs normal (without rotation). The application is not mine and I have the source code. But I wonder about if there is a feature to do ...