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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Where is "hddtemp" error logged after login?

When I log into my debian box using XFCE and the xfvwm4 window manager I get the following error: "hddtemp" was not executed correctly, although it is executable. This is most probably due ...
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add a link/command to the "create new" context menu

I'll try to stay as straightforward as possible by not going into too much details. I want to have a way to add a dynamic template for empty pictures that I can later edit. The way I wanted to do this ...
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Almost multiseating with Xephyr

With swaywm I'm almost multiseating (two people simultaneously using the same computer) with two keyboards, two mice and one GPU with two outputs. At the start of the sway session, one nested X ...
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I am not able to change my DE to DE that I just installed?

Hi I just fresh installed Fedora but I wanted to try mutiple DEs like :cinnamon, KDE or MATE so I run commands to install them which did pretty well. But when I reboot and try to change my DE in login ...
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Cinnamon - cursor blocked at end of panel

When I move my cursor along a panel, it eventually is blocked at the end of it. I have two panels, one on the left and one at the top, so I'd like to be able to click the top-left corner. Although, ...
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Removing Desktop Environment from Ubuntu 20.04

Something weird happened night. I am running VMWare Workstation Pro on Windows 10 with three linux VMs running on my machine. For some reason, I found out all the VMs are shutdown this morning. ...
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debian root commands not working on desktop environment

I have a debian box, and after some version update or so, root commands are not recognized while being in the desktop environment; for instance dhclient or reboot. At first, I took it as an additional ...
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Can the Wayland Compositor be split into 3 Separate components like in X?

Re: Display Servers with Wayland With what I've seen so far, it seems that there is: 1.) Display Server 2.) Windowing System (Renderer?) 3.) Window Manager Whereas on Wayland, the compositor ...
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Plasma not running for specific user

My distro is KDE Neon 5.24 and running with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU and AMD RX 5700 GPU. I recently did a system upgrade after which my KDE Plasma shell stopped working properly. The errors that I ...
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Increase/Decrease Brightness F-keys on Keyboard not working in AlmaLinux?

After installing AlmaLinux on a Toshiba Portege laptop and choosing the workstation setup, the brightness control keys do not work. The hardware is capable and Linux compatible, as evidenced by the ...
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LxQt on WSLg doesn't fit the full screen

I installed LxQt on WSL2 under Windows 11. I have several questions: the LxQt screen doesn't fit the whole monitor screen, as shown in the figure, how could customize it? the toolbar panel is hidden,...
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GNOME's touchpad and mouse settings completely changed after installing XFCE4 on Ubuntu 20.04

On my Ubuntu 20.04 installation, in addition to GNOME, I installed XFCE as an additional DE. After doing this (and not changing any settings) I noticed that my touchpad began behaving differently ...
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How do I switch desktop environment on Debian 11 if there is no gear button while logging in?

I've installed debian and I included desktop environments while installation. I also checked them with tasksel and it shows them installed: mykola@debian:~ > apt show task-desktop ...
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Why I can't login in my linux using my account?

I had recently wanted to use xfce instead of gnome, so I just uninstalled gnome and installed xfce, with lightdm, later I couldn't login in my work account but was able to login in another account of ...
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Start Desktop Environment From Chroot

Is it possible to start a desktop environment entirely in systemd-nspawn or chroot? I want to be able to boot to a console, then optionally enter a chroot and launch Gnome or another desktop ...
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Applications take ~25 seconds to open a window in a file manager, and do so twice

When I select Show in folder in Firefox or Telegram Desktop, FF/TG freezes for ~25 seconds before opening the folder in a file manager, twice (two duplicate file manager windows). They are respecting ...
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KDE+SDDM won't launch Xorg can't find screen (EE) [closed]

So currently I am running gentoo in CLI, and wanted to install desktop enviroment. I followed gentoo wiki, but sddm seems not to work correctly: GENTOO MACHINE ~ # rc-service display-manager start --...
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Non-polling method of being notified of user activity after given idle time on desktop systems

There are already many questions similar to this but all the ones I could find have answers that suggest polling methods (1, 2) or seem like extreme hacks (3), so I want to ask the same question but ...
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cannot login to gnome (on arch linux)

I'm using Arch Linux with SDDM. Today when I want login to gnome (I have plasma too). I have seen this Error: something has gone wrong I tried some operations. Delete cache. Delete .Xauthority, ...
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Accidentally deleted xorg.conf files, need to restore X11

Was trying to get nvidia stuff to work properly on my Arch hybrid GPU laptop, edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf and ran nvidia-xconfig, ended up totally breaking my Desktop Environment to where trying to ...
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Where can i configure the following focus policy:

While i have either: One of my monitors with an app in fullscreen, or A menu open, i prefer: No timeout of the menu (or fullscreen) No tethering of the mouse No closing of the menu (or fullscreen) ...
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Is there a Share menu in Linux desktop environments?

Does any DE have a 'Share menu' which allows sending files to and via installed applications like email clients, messengers, etc. (similar to MacOS and Android)? And in particular, is it possible to ...
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Run your Linux (graphics) completely on Nvidia dedicated graphics card?

I'm running an ArcoLinux and I've had a hard time for some months trying to figure out how to run my Optimus Laptop completely on Nvidia dedicated GPU. How do I do this? I've heard there are multiple ...
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What's all about the process of invoking a file with a mouse click in ubuntu (generally in Linux)?

First of all, I apologize for the beginner's question. I still can't think of what's going on in the system (Ubuntu 21.10) after, for example, I click on the "Files" icon and then on a file. ...
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Using default cinnamon greeter instead of LightDM

I am currently using the LightDM greeter in my Cinnamon Desktop enviroment on Arch for my login screen, however from the times I used Linux Mint Cinnamon, I remember that Cinnamon comes with its own ...
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Map drawing tablet to one monitor or program in KDE Plasma Wayland

I have a hardware setup with two monitors and a USB drawing tablet that I find useful for taking notes during meetings. My ideal is to have videoconferencing software maximized on one monitor and ...
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Desktop Environment Screen Goes Black when Screen is Static

I have a Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 with a i5-1035g1, 8gb ddr4 ram, and integrated graphics. I have only tested Debian distros, but I have tested a number of different desktop environments, but all ...
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Will KDE Plasma break Linux Mint XFCE 20.2?

Will installing the KDE plasma desktop environment on Linux Mint XFCE cause things to break? By that I mean will it cause things to be buggy/laggy? I've heard that doing this on Cinnamon can cause ...
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How do I retrieve my missing taskbar?

I opened Linux two days ago and the taskbar, which appears across the bottom of my screen, was missing. As a result, I cannot open the Terminal or use the usual route to log off. As well, if I ...
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How can I add Garuda look & feel on Arch Linux?

I just installed Arch Linux (https://archlinux.org/) on my system with a number of desktop environments including (Gnome, Plasma, Enlightment, etc). I'd like to add the Garuda look & feel for KDE ...
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What is the difference between @kde-desktop and @kde-desktop-environment groups in fedora

I'm currently using gnome 40.x but I feel that it's not for me, I want a more feature rich DE so I want to move to KDE Plasma. While reading how to switch DEs I found this question in unix & linux ...
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How could I find out what my desktop environment or window manager is from a command line command?

Is there a command line command to see which DE or WM you are currently using?
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how to add desktop widgets in linux

I was wondering if there is any way to add desktop widgets in gnome like those in the photo. The photo uses rainmeter for it. Rainmeter is not available for linux. I want them to be fully customizable....
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How do you debug the start menu in Linux Mint?

When I try to right-click the start menu and use the configure option to edit my menu items, nothing happens. This feature used to work, but now it doesn't. I'm assuming there should be an error ...
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How to assign hotkeys to more than 4 worksapces in Gnome 40?

I am using Gnome 40 on Arch and I have hotkeys assigned for each of the 4 workspaces. But I'd like to set up hotkeys also for the 5th and the 6th workspace (e.g. super+5, super+6). How can I do that ...
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Flatpak app complains that no portal is available

I installed flatpak from the Debian Buster repos, and the slack (that the company I work for has unfortunate started requiring) flatpak from flathub. When I flatpak --user run com.slack.Slack &!, ...
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How to play a Game with Commands Environment?

So now i have a very old laptops. Only having 2 GB ram. And i really wanted to play Minecraft (Java). But whenever i play it, its always dropping to 20-30 fps somehow (In Bodhi, and Q4OS Trinity. And ...
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Where do I find the path of the current desktop background in Cinnamon?

I'm using Cinnamon on Devuan Chimaera. I'm trying to migrate an earlier user home directory (from Devuan Beowulf). Specifically, I'm trying to use the same background image. But I can't figure out ...
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Unable to start plasmashell in Arch Linux

KWin is displaying windows, but the background, panel et cetera are missing. I tried starting plasmashell from Konsole using kstart5 plasmashell But it returns an error message: starting invalid ...
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Weird graphical effects on colored text with asus eeepc

I have an old Asus eeePC 1000H netbook with a weird graphical bug in the window-manager. 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics ...
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Hide full name in cinnamon

Can I hide full name of desktop objects? Long names keep appearance ugly. Is there a config file or setting for do that? I use cinnamon in linux mint.
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Desktop stops responding to mouse input - Fedora 34

I'm having a somewhat frequent and incredibly annoying problem with Fedora workstation. Every so often the desktop completely stops responding to any inputs from a mouse button (the cursor is still ...
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How to start an X.org desktop session manually?

For example, I have these sessions: ls -l /usr/share/xsessions/ -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 268 май 20 2017 cinnamon2d.desktop -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 155 май 20 2017 cinnamon.desktop -rw-r--r-- 1 root ...
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Why there are many GNOME packges even after removing GNOME?

I have 2 desktop manager Xfce and Gnome, I liked Xfce ,Additional I was short on storage, So I decided to delete Gnome with this command apt purge --autoremove kali-desktop-gnome. But when I run the ...
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Ubuntu desktop always freeze after no interaction for sometime

I install Xubuntu desktop environment on "Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS" server; It works fine after successfully login, but if leave it for some time without any interaction, the desktop will ...
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Manipulate linux workspaces with scripts

I want to write a script(s) that lets me manipulate Linux workspaces on my computers. I'm looking for compatibility with EWMH/NetWM compatible X Window Managers. I currently use wmctrl to move ...
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Is it possible to get the contents of the system tray via command line command?

After seeing how many custom status bar implementations like Polybar seem to use some existing widget for displaying system tray icons I'm not too hopeful with this but would it be possible to get the ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome cant open anything (not even terminal)

right now I run Gnome on my Linux server. I have 1 program open and thats VirtualBox with a lot of VM's, apart from that I cant open anything. I cant open the settings app, or terminal etc. The VM is ...
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How can I add a desktop environment to FreeBSD and make FreeBSD boot with GUI?

I wanted to try FreeBSD, I was aware FreeBSD doesn't come with a desktop environment by default, and I really would like to use a desktop environment, so I installed one, but it just doesn't work. I ...
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Linux distributions centered on Plasma desktop? [closed]

I am looking for a good respectable Linux - I mean stable not necessarily because based on stable releases like Ubuntu LTS, but because well supported by maintainers and community - that would be ...
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