Questions tagged [desktop-environment]

Questions related to the general behaviour or configuration of desktop environments, especially in cases involving several DEs. For questions specific to one DE, see the associated tags (eg. [gnome], [kde], ...).

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Unknown Top Bar and Bottom Bar in Debian 10

I have been using Debian 10 for many weeks and last night I installed Xfce-4 just to try it out, and then I uninstalled it. But when I uninstalled, and got my Gnome Desktop back, I got new, unnknown ...
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Why is the Fedora installation abandoned completely just because of selecting a “wrong” Add-On for the selected environment?

I'm starting the Fedora installation for the fourth time now. To change from windows 7 to Linux but it didn't find an Installation Source by itself. After selecting On the network: and Closest ...
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Can't xinit/startx: no screens found

I just tried a minimal installation of Debian. After completion, I installed Nvidia driver, Xorg and KDE Plasma. Now it is time to startx. However, xserver refuses to start, claiming "no screens ...
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When was hardware acceleration support added to KDE?

I'm curious about KDE desktop history and I want to know when was hardware acceleration support added to KDE?I know that Microsoft introduced the same in windows vista but I haven't any clue about KDE....
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Reinstalling Debian on LVM encrypted disk

After updating my Debian 10 os it boots into a terminal based interface instead of my normal gnome desktop. I don't know how to fix it so I want to reinstall my os but I don't want to lose my data in ...
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Where is /usr/share/applications/defaults.list on Arch?

Where is /usr/share/applications/defaults.list on Arch?
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How to get independent virtual desktops on multiple monitors?

I have two monitors and I want every desktop to be independent on every screen. Like this: https://www.actualtools.com/virtualdesktops/independent_virtual_desktops_on_multiple_monitors.shtml How can ...
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gnome shell : How to activate 3D desktop

I'm using fedora 31 with gnome shell and I would like to know if it is possible to get a 3D desktop like Compiz. thank you!
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Are there any Desktop environments that work in the SSH environment? [closed]

Basically I am looking for an ASCII desktop environment, that I can run in the terminal environment, and exit to the terminal. Think the Links2 browser for Ubuntu. Except with the ability of a desktop ...
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If I install the “ubuntu-desktop” package on a vanilla Debian OS, will I get the same OS as installing Ubuntu directly?

I originally asked this question here on AskUbuntu - there's some discussion in the comments there if you're interested. It was closed there as off-topic, and this was recommended as a more ...
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Lightdm on arch linux doesn't work: can't login with correct password

I have just installed Equinox Desktop Environment and wanted to give it a try using lightdm as its display manager, but I can't login - when I login with incorrect credentials, it goes well and tells ...
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Boot freezing after sda3_crypt password

I am new to linux. I was getting some trouble with excessive ram usage on ubuntu 18.04, and after searching around i found out about desktop environments. I then installed LXDE and logged into it, ...
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Desktop environments not working on Arch Linux

I did a fresh arch uefi install and everything went smoothly. Then i moved ahead to installing xorg and gnome It was also completed with no errors. Now when I run: systemctl start gdm The system ...
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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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Can't Delete/Copy/Paste files or folders in Gnome

I am running Kali Linux with Gnome 3.34.2. I read that Gnome does not support desktop icons anymore, so I installed "desktop-icons" extension. Icons appear on the desktop but I can't copy, paste, ...
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Are there applications which can only be used with a particular desktop environment? [closed]

I am planning to migrate fully to GNU/Linux (Debian or Fedora, still undecided) and so far, I have read PDFs and other manuals as a starting guide. That being said, I have read about desktop ...
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How can I run the Raspbian desktop environment in Ubuntu?

I have just set up an Intel NUC (that came with Win10) to dual boot with Ubuntu, but I dislike the stock Ubuntu desktop environment and would like to switch it to Pixel from Raspbian. Love the clean ...
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I'm looking for a cross platform DM to drag and drop files from / to a qemu / kvm Windows guest OS and Ubuntu host os VM

Actually I'm using Ubuntu 19.10 as Host OS and Windows 10 as a guest,virtualized with qemu and kvm. No problem at all,but I feel the missing of the possibility to copy and paste files from / to ...
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How to start Lumina by default? [OpenBSD]

Question: How do I configure OpenBSD to start Lumina by default instead of OpenBSD's default desktop environment?
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How to start programing simple screenlet/desklet with minimal dependencies?

I would like to make something like Screenlets-Folderview but stand-alone and with minimal dependencies (because installation of screenlets on recent Ubuntu 18.04 is a hell, and I don't want install ...
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Does Google Chrome require some parts of GNOME3?

Does Google Chrome require some parts of GNOME3? I never pay attention to dependencies but this caught my eye. So... does it? And if I'm using f.i. MATE or Xfce do I "lose" something so to speak? [....
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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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GNOME 3.34 vs Deepin Desktop Environment - resources usage

GNOME 3.34 has been released few days ago, and changes list sounds promising, but what about resources usage and overall performance especially compared with Deepin Desktop Environment, which is my DE ...
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In Cinnamon desktop, running windows are not showing up in the taskbar

Linux mint 19.2 running cinnamon. Attempting to resolve an issue where cinnamon --replace was pegging my CPU, I moved some items out of /etc/xdg/autostart and ~/.config/autostart. My taskbar now ...
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Is there a Desktop that allows for certain workspaces to be tiling?

I am interested in trying out a tiling window manager, but I also like a conventional desktop. Are there any desktop environments where you can specify a certain work space to using tiling windows, ...
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strange file association in Firefox when choosing “Open containing folder”

When I download a file in Firefox and click "Open containing Folder" it opens the folder in Baobab instead of PCMan FM. I don't know how I ended up with this behaviour; I want Firefox to open it in ...
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How to remove multiple HTML files in batch

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Gnome version 3.18.2 My desktop filled with multiple html pages (GHex editor output). binary00000000.html binary00000001.html binary00000002.html ... binary00043310.html How to ...
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Opening .jar files with `pkexec` and using Desktop Entries to run commands

I am writing a bash script that automates installation of TLauncher (Minecraft launcher) and basic dependency management on USBs running Lubuntu 18.04. Part of the bash script creates a desktop ...
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Is there still no way to fix the position of desklets on Cinnamon?

I find that when moving windows around in Linux Mint, the click sort of goes "through" the window to the desklet behind it, so that dragging causes the desklets to move. In general it would be good ...
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after installing kde gnome is still the default desktop

I am using centos 7.6. It installed gnome by default. I have an application that the display work better with KDE. I installed KDE rebooted and i still get the gnome desktop. How do i change it to run ...
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Installing Gnome3 on GhostBSD

I'm looking to install Gnome3 and GDM (not as important) onto GhostBSD and mate (the original desktop environment) is still coming up. The way I know of is by changing exec mate-session to exec gnome-...
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Executing command when application comes to the foreground (Ubuntu 19.04, X11)

I'd like to be able to execute a command when switching to specific applications. In particular, I'd like to able to change the xmodmap when switching to the Terminal and then change it again when ...
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xfdesktop and Thunar not displaying removable drives

This happened to me at least once before. What happens is, that after updating and rebooting (Fedora 30), xfdesktop and Thunar don't show removable drives anymore. Sometimes this issue seems to fix ...
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Google Chrome does not synchronize between Desktop Environments

I installed Ubuntu 18 on my machine and I am evaluating different Desktop Environments (like Deepin, Unity, Wayland, etc) in order to check which one is more productive for my daily tasks. The ...
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Query xdg for existing *.desktop entries

I am looking to create a .directory for an installation script, but I want to know if the .desktop entry already exists (e.g. because of a failed install) Disclaimer : My own desktop environment ...
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How to set default system font in CentOS?

I want to change system font used by applications globally (or per user) in CentOS. How to do that? Perhaps I should modify ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf file? I would like to set Tahoma font for ...
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System tray icons won't pop out

My KDE system tray icons is quite standard (time, network connection, sound, etc). Usually, clicking on one of those icons makes a pop-up appears, and allows e.g. to select the media to mount, to ...
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Lubuntu 19.04 - No Startup Notification Cursor

When I double click an application, ex: Firefox, the mouse cursor does not change to a spinning one until the application fully loads. I have specified: StartupNotify=true X-KDE-StartupNotify=...
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Solution to fix screen tearing when using integrated graphics breaks Nvidia GPU

Problem I'm having issues with screen tearing on my laptop when browsing the web. The laptop has both integrated graphics from Intel, and an Nvidia GPU. When using it on battery power I use the ...
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How to run a desktop environment from a docker container into a X11 instance?

I would like to be able to make patches to desktop environment components without having to modify my system. I thought a good way is to use a docker container where I can make changes freely and then ...
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Ubuntu 19.04 icon resize

I have Just upgraded my ubuntu 18.10 to 19.04 via do-release-upgrade. In ubuntu 18.10 i could right click on each desktop icon separately and resize the icon of that file.(Using GNOME) But this is ...
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Get back my old raspbian desktop from an accidental switch to LXDE

So, I was tinkering around on my laptop, which has the raspbian for desktop (Debian with the raspbian desktop environment) and accidentally double clicked on the file saying "LXDE" and it changed my ...
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What is the difference between minimal and full chroot?

While installing a linux distro I found many types of tar.gz files. But I found that, about every distro (For Different architecture) has two files indicated with minimal.tar.gz and full.tar.gz I have ...
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Detect current desktop environment from outside the session

I am working on code so a BOINC client can detect the desktop environment used by the user (mainly GNOME, KDE Plasma, XFCE, LXDE/LXQT). This feature will be needed for various reason that are off ...
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how to make Activities menu/view permanet on desktop in redhat

I am trying to figure out if it is possible to make activities menu permanent so that I do not need to press super key (Windows key). I am running redhat 7.4
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which linux distros that do not use Cinnamon DE use Nemo by default [closed]

I know that Ubuntu Budgie use Nemo file manager by default. Is there any other Linux Distribution which do not use Cinnamon but Nemo?
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Problem starting session Debian 9

I'm working with Debian 9. My computer has two partitions, so I have Debian alongside W10. I needed to install a Windows program (STAMP), so I decided to install Wine instead to do it in the Windows ...
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run command over ssh on originating machine

I have a local machine nostromo running an interactive cinnamon desktop on debian testing. On it, I have gnome-terminal running with an ssh terminal open to a remote machine sulaco. I would like to ...
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What are the differences/(dis)advantages of zenity vs notify-send?

There is both zenity and notify-send. (on Fedora/GNOME at least, both seems to be pre-installed.) So considering I want to show notifications, what are the differences between these too ones? Is ...

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