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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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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If I install the “ubuntu-desktop” package on a vanilla Debian OS, will I get the same OS as installing Ubuntu directly?

I don't know a lot about the meta OS-level workings of Unix/Linux and various distros. My understanding so far is that you take the Linux kernel and install a specific combination of packages to it ...
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How to install Desktop Environments on CentOS 7?

I have recently installed CentOS 7 (Minimal Install without GUI) and now I want to install a GUI environment in it. How can I install Desktop Environments on previously installed CentOS7 without ...
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Setting the LANG environment variable for xfce

I am on a multi user Debian Stretch system which has en_US.UTF-8 as default locale, but I want de_DE.UTF-8 for my user. I was able to set it for terminals, by adding export LANG=de_DE.UTF-8 to ~/....
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CentOS 7 VNC users dont share desktop session

I installed VNC server on a CentOS machine. I set up a user, and then enabled the VNC server for them on startup following these steps: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-...
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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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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: Running shell script after session starts?

I'm a long time KDE user, never seen GNOME since may be Mandrake Linux 10 something. Yesterday I took a look at GNOME Shell on Youtube and thought it may worth a look. It actually is worth, but I ...
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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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How Can I Install Another Desktop Environment In Debian?

I tried to install Unity, and the Lubuntu desktop environment, but all I got as the result was this: > Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... ...
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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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Changing default desktop environment

I'm on Fedora 20 and I want to change the default desktop environment from Gnome3 to Gnome classic. I want to do this with the terminal because I can't access the dropdown menu on the login screen (...
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xfce: How to align icons on right side of desktop?

How can I align icons on the right side of the desktop in Xfce? In the settings I opted to hide all default icons on my desktop, but only icons of minimized windows of the current settion I let ...
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Screen corruption after hibernate — Is there another way to refresh the X11 display?

When I restore from hibernate the screen is often corrupted. I suspect the graphics memory is not being saved. Suspend-to-ram works fine otherwise. It also looks like the font-cache is corrupted, as ...
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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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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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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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Showing all open apps in all workspaces on the desktop panel for Linux Mint

I'm using Linux Mint 14 with XFCE. The bottom panel that always shows below the screen which shows an icon for each instance of application that is open is a very handy item as it allows one to switch ...
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How to configure Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) to change keyboard layout with caps lock?

My system is Manjaro Linux. But I think this does not metter. In settings panel I cannot make CapsLock as keyboard layout changer. Please help.
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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 ...
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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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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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Linux Deepin language switcher - making it smoother like in Ubuntu

I installed the latest Linux Deepin 2014.2 distro. It's a Chinese distro based on Ubuntu 14.04. The OS is great, but there's one annoying flaw - when switching language, there appears a transparent ...
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Where is the path to the current user's desktop directory stored?

I am very new to linux and am going through and learning all the basics. While I was doing so I realized how odd it was that the OS treats certain files differently--namingly by displaying them on the ...
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Difference between Xorg and Gnome/KDE/Xfce

I want to learn more about UNIX systems and I think I have a pretty straight forward question. I think I know what X is used for: It gives a standard to applications to present their UI's (among other ...
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How to completely remove KDE from Mint 17?

The original system that has been installed is Linux Mint KDE 17.1 Rebecca, later upgraded to Linux Mint KDE 17.2 Rafaela. Onto which I have installed Cinnamon desktop environment yesterday. I am ...
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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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Why does a desktop launcher does not start my app, while command line does?

I installed a (proprietary) software in /opt and I am able to run it perfectly using command line. Then I'd like to create a desktop icon to launch it : on my Mint distro I use "create_launcher" ...
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How to set the Linux Mint desktop environment to use a mime type?

As a extension to this question: How to make difference between .wxm (wxMaxima) and .c files in Linux Mint? I'm using Linux Mint. I created a mime type. Now I want the desktop environment to use it. ...
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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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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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Change XFCE desktop font color?

I'd like to change the text color(under icons) on my desktop. I already tried editing the .gtkrc-2.0 file but it doesn't seem like there's one.
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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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What is the story behind Client Side Decorations?

So, Gnome apps currently use exclusive Client Side Decorations, with GTK Header Bar containing buttons, menus, title. What is the story behind implementing Client Side Decorations? Is it Gnome ...
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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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How to change the default filemanager of the Cinnamon desktop?

I'm running an Arch Linux machine with the cinnamon-git desktop from the Arch User Repository. The default filemanager is Nautilus, is there any way to change the default filemanager to thunar?
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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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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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Removing Desktop Environment

How can I remove a desktop environment? If I use KDE in CentOS, how can I remove the default GNOME environment to avoid file conflict?
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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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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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What are the system requirements for KDE?

KDE.org promotes Plasma Desktop as "fast and efficient", but there is no relevant information given in order to have such experience. The web content is now entirely changed (2019), but was seen until ...
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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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.conkyrc - how to set real transparency

It's long time I'm trying to fix my .conkyrc configuration file in order to set real transparency. There are many post out there about it, but none of them helped in my case, it seems the solution ...
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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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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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