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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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Is it possible to change desktop envroinment if it's already installed? [migrated]

I just installed my first Ubuntu, but Gnome is too heavy for my PC and I don't like it much. Is there a way I can put XFCE instead, without having to repeat the OS installation process?
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which linux distros that do not use Cinnamon DE use Nemo by default [on hold]

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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Files don't show on Desktop view screen [closed]

I update to Debian Buster from a fresh Stretch (stable) install by changing "Stretch" to "Buster" in the sources.list and I did the following command: sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade sudo apt dist-...
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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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Lightweight desktop environments to replace GNOME for CentOS?

For a project I need to write and execute Ansible scripts in a Linux environment (CentOS). Though using the command line and vi is interesting, I need to use graphical file explorer and Visual ...
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Command `startlxqt` causes en error `QXcbConnection: Could not connect to display` [duplicate]

I want my Desktop Environment lxqt to start by typing out the startlxqt command in console. I do not want to start it automatically. The history is that I installed Debian Stretch without a Desktop ...
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lxqt desktop works but doesn't start from terminal in multi-user mode with startlxqt command

I have Debian Stretch. I installed lxqt Desktop Environment and successfully accessed a graphical desktop. Then I decided to enter it from a non graphical level by using a command $ startlxqt. So I ...
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gnome style bottom panel on kde

I like the bottom panel on CentOS6/gnome, where the buttons corresponding to the running applications make it easy to quickly bring forward the application you want to work on, and workplace switcher ...
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How to easy setup reliable font with modern symbols and emoji support on void-linux?

I was a Ubuntu Desktop user from long years. I changed for void-linux because the Unity desktop env does not fit well with i3 and I want a more personalized desktop settings. The setup works well, ...
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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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What is the correct way to associate MIME type with applications that have multiple desktop entries?

Description Applications in GUI environments represented by desktop entries (files with the desktop extension) can include a key called MimeType for supported MIME types for that application. Some ...
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Service 'org.kde.konsole-1060' does not exist

Every non-KDE terminal (everyone except Konsole), once started, gives me this error: Service 'org.kde.konsole-[different number everytime]' does not exist. The full error being: Service 'org.kde....
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Error booting after installing kde?

My arch linux was working fine. Then I tried to install a desktop environment. I installed X related packages, sddm, and plasma. Then I ran systemctl enable sddm. Now when I try to boot into arch, the ...
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system x11 default problems

I have Debian 9 stretch, and I have problems with the desktop environment. System x11 default have problems when I tried to start the session. everything freeze. I don't know what to do. but I think ...
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Gnome 3 Unusually Slow in Fresh Arch Linux Install?

I have been using CentOS 7 for a bit for my main homeserver, and I have decided to switch to Arch Linux, and may switch to Arch Linux as my main Linux Distro in general. I have installed it on two ...
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Will restarting `lxpanel` affect processes invoked from `lxpanel` to run other programs?

In LXDE, is it correct that lxpanel is where we can invoke other programs? How can I restart lxpanel using command line? Will restarting lxpanel affect (e.g. kill, or send some signal to) processes ...
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How do I find the display number of the X server currently using the physical monitor / running in the active virtual terminal?

I'm in the process of making a x11vnc launching script that would fix the dreaded black screen that prevents you from using VNC until reboot. So far, I've managed to find a workaround by using the ...
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Linux Mint Desktop Icon won't show

I am running a new install of Linux Mint 19.1. I have created a desktop icon added to my Linux Mint menu. I have then went into the desktop file, and manually added an icon. My problem is that the ...
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Separate programs - Remain at their designated monitor

Given that the external and primary monitor always has the same resolution, is it possible to have two programs say VLC and a browser open in their separate designated screens? It is worth mentioning ...
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Linux Mint screen too big

I use Linux Mint. I made something and now my screen is too big and it moves as I move the mouse. How can I resize the screen such that it returns to the original size where everything fits onto the ...
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How to disable audio sink notifications from Firefox on Cinnamon?

Using Firefox 64 with Cinnamon (4.0.8) on Arch Linux. Since upgrading to Firefox 62, I'm getting a system notification saying "input AudioIPC Server x%" whenever I start or stop playing media in ...
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Use Key Based Login on Desktop Linux

I'm using Pop!_OS (essentially ubuntu + tweaks with a gnome environment) and I've recently acquired a Mooltipass hardware password manager. This tool has the capability to manage SSH keys. I was ...
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How does Alt+F2 run a command as child of the init process?

On Lubuntu 18.04, if I click the desktop menu, and lxterminal in it, and run the the following in the terminal emulator window, I will get $ pstree -a -p -s $$ systemd,1 --system --deserialize 19 ...
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Possible to start different shells in different desktop environments?

Is it possible to set different shells for different desktop environments? (I know the risks/complications of multiple DEs.) My underlying core system is Tumbleweed with KDE. For that system, I've ...
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Do i3 workspaces have to be linear?

Currently the way i3 does workspaces, they're all linear 0-9. Under a normal workflow this typically means you have one workspace for browsing the web, and one for managing media, and messaging/chat .....
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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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i3-msg doesn't move workspaces between multiple monitors consistently

I have two monitors; eDP1: primary (laptop's screen) and HDMI2, the external monitor. What I want to do is to use i3wm such that when I run a script (below), it put some workspaces on eDP1 and some on ...
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UI Fonts on (some) applications are unreadably small

I recently launched a game that decided to set my resolution to 800x600, go fullscreen, and then freeze. After force-killing the game, to my joy, I was met with a panning 800x600 desktop, and had to ...
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Changing the dektop manager for one user through VNC

For one of the user, I want to set the default desktop manager to something other than Gnome which is the default one in Centos-7. The user connects through vncviewer. I see a guide here, however, I ...
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How can I set application for unknown file on xdg-open?

On my Lubuntu (18.10), xdg-open launches VLC Player when the file is not associated to any applications. $ xdg-mime query filetype jquery.js application/javascript $ xdg-mime query default ...
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How to make xfdesktop refresh thumbnails in XFCE?

Before upgrading to Fedora 29 from Fedora 28, I've noticed that my .thumbnails directory was approaching 3GB. I've decided to delete all the thumbnails, thinking applications needing thumbnails would ...
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Install new environment (GNOME/General) over existing (Minimal) from USB

I tried installing Scientific Linux 7.5 and didn't know which environment to go for. It recommended going with Minimal Install and yum installing necessary packages later. Problem is, I don't think it ...
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Run combined hexo command from desktop entry

I have Debian 9.5 with xfce and hexo: 3.7.1 The question is about throttle my script called "draft": s@lokal:~$ sudo cat /usr/local/bin/draft #!/bin/bash killall hexo cd /home/s/Dropbox/blog hexo ...
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How can I get a .desktop launcher to use an environment variable?

This is for the program git-cola, although I think the question is more general. It is also using LM Cinnamon 18. The environment variable I want to set is SCALE_GIT_COLA=2 so that the program looks ...
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How to start an application in terminal?

I run an application by opening a terminal then navigating to a directory and executing ./nameofapp. The application opens in terminal and I can operate it with some other commands. If I try to run ...
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Replacing GNOME with KDE on openSUSE

I was on openSUSE Leap 15. I was using GNOME desktop environment. I installed KDE Plasma with this method: https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:KDE_install After installing KDE Plasma, I also upgraded my ...
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vncserver blank display — debian 9 guest VM w/ubuntu 16 host

Overview My goal is to setup VNC access to a Debian 9.5 VM guest built with virt-manager on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (with desktop environment). I have configured /etc/vnc/xstartup to use gnome-session (...
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GNOME won't load, but GNOME Classic does

I currently have a computer (HP Pavilion 10 TS Notebook PC - e010nr) that runs Linux Mint 19 (upgraded from 18.3) with the latest kernel version (4.15.0-30). I then tried to install the GNOME desktop ...
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Lightdm: Starting the Desktop Environment Depending on Which User Logged In

I'd like to set up a user account (lets call it userA) that, on login, instead of starting the desktop environment (Budgie), it goes to a TTY. Having the inverse behavior (starting at the TTY first ...
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Firefox UI, Quake glitch, possibly tied to something with QT?

First of all I apologize if I'm on the wrong StackExchange entirely, I'm using Linux and this seemed like the best place to find advice because my problem seems to be so niche. I DON'T think it's a ...
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Install minimal xfce4 system wide, as default

I have a minimal installation of Ubuntu 16.04 on a machine. I want to add the XFCE4 desktop environment, without all the craptastic bloat that comes standard with xubuntu-desktop. When I boot, I would ...
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Does XFCE4 collect any data about users?

Does XFCE4 collect any data and supply developers with statistics? Or is all data private and stored on my PC?
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Deepin Desktop Context Menu

I am having difficulty figuring out where and how to edit my desktop context menu. I am using Deepin desktop environment and file manager on Arch Linux, and am simply trying to edit the "New File" ...
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How can I display a message from ~/.profile?

I want to display a warning message when a test in my ~/.profile (actually, in another file that I source in ~/.profile) fails, e.g.: if [ -f /usr/bin/vim ]; then ...
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Clear Linux desktop doesn't start in a virtual machine

I'm trying to run Clear Linux in a VM. I've tried the vmdk image and installation image in both VMware Player and Virtualbox without success In VMware Player it always hang up forever on startup ...
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CentOS XFCE stuck at splash screen

When I log a user on a CentOS workstation with XFCE, the machine get stuck on the splash screen. It just never disappear. Even if I set the Slash screen settings to None. Those users are part of an ...
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How to create a shortcut in xfce for “Run Program …”

OS: Linux Mint 18.2 sonya DE: XFCE By clicking the menu-button in the panel, there exists the option Run Program .... I want to create a shortcut in Menu/Settings/Settings-Manager/Keyboard/...
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Set default application to start on save/open file dialog

I am using i3wm on an up-to-date arch installation, and I would love to know how to change the application to open for the save/open file dialog. How to reproduce If I open okular and select "Open ...