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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Gsettings not changing wallpaper

I'm trying to change desktop wallpaper with bash script, the script works on Fedora workstation 27, Ubuntu and Kali but it doesn't work on Fedora KDE 27 and Fedora mate compiz 27. The picture-uri is ...
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Window manager with search feature?

If many windows are open, cycling through them can get highly annoying. Which window manager has the ability to search through the windows by typing in the title or text inside the application? For ...
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How do i create my own linux Desktop Enviroment [closed]

I want to build a fully customized desktop enviroment. I bet this will take me forever, so i would really like a point in the right direction. I want to customize things like the taskbar, window ...
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Debian 9 LXQt: Required packages for minimal possible desktop installation?

I'm excited about very pure and slim desktop environments without unnecessary bloat. In the past I always installed Debian with LXDE as a minimal possible desktop installation considering only ...
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Displaying long interface name in network manager applet

When I click on nm-applet indicator and the menu opens, beside the Ethernet Network there is long title like this "Realtek some model PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (model number Motherboard)"...
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xfce not working in freebsd [closed]

I installed xfce in freebsd in Oracle VB and I have followed all the step downloaded xorg,xfce,slim,slim-themes edited /etc/rc.conf added dbus_enable="YES", hald_enable="YES" slim_enable="YES" and in ...
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How are environment variables defined in a Gnome terminal session?

I'm trying to understand a user login process on Centos 7 and I've gotten a bit confused trying to figure out when/how a Gnome terminal session defines environment variables (Gnome 3.14.4). As near ...
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KDE loads to a blank screen

In Debian 9, my KDE desktop is somehow broken. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling it with no luck. This did happen a little bit after I installed i3, but I have no idea if that has anything ...
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Composite manager for i3wm

Is there any composite manager to use with i3 except Compton. I am having serious tearing and ghosting. I have been using various Compton configuration none of which are working. So if there is a ...
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Setting graphical environment: dpkg-reconfigure or update-alternatives?

I'm confused about setting correct programs. For example, what determines that lightdm is my current display manager? Why is there no debian alternative for it? x-session-manager manual ...
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Clicking on a MIME type execute a script to open file

I want to open jupyter notebooks (.ipynb file) on browser using the command ipython notebook <filename>.ipynb I was thinking if i could tweak my linux such that on double clicking the icon of ...
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bashrc function to create a folder every month and switch XDG_DESKTOP_DIR to it

I am actively using desktop, so files and folders rapidly accumulate on desktop. I need a bashrc way that it checks month on the first day then creates a directory with month name, finally sets it ...
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Working without a desktop manager?

I'm interested in trying a tiling window manager and ditching the desktop manager. I'm running NixOS, and I spend much of my time in the terminal the desktop manager (currently Gnome) overrides/...
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Xorg occupying too much memory

Linux Mint 18.2 here. I have an nvidia card which I use mainly to run neural networks. Unfortunately, xorg and related apps do occupy too much memory. For example: +-----------------------------------...
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How to restore window manager to default?

I wanted to create a kiosk Ubuntu, then I followed this instruction: https://web.archive.org/web/20131210161955/http://phunehehe.is-great.org/2010/run-linux-with-a-bare-window-manager/ Add a custom ...
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.desktop files in non standard directories

I'm providing some applications to the users of my system through the use of an environment modules manager (i.e. Lmod). So I have a bunch of self-compiled applications out of the standard tree: for ...
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How to switch desktop environment in Debian

I've recently set up a new computer using Debian 9.1 . During the initial configuration, I installed the desktop environments Gnome and LXDE. Presently the system is set up to use Gnome as the (...
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Application opening on secondary monitor covers the top panel when moved to primary

I am running an application (Think or Swim) that doesn't have a title bar, and it is now opening on the secondary monitor and covers the top panel (application does not resize, but stays fullscreen as ...
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gtk-launch only works when present working directory is Desktop

I just figured out how to manually create a .desktop file which allows a program to be launched by issuing the command gtk-launch [program.desktop]. Problem is it only seems to work if my present ...
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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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No desktop screen to navigate

I was trying to install a new desktop interface on my ubuntu 17 system and it went fine. I rebooted and realised i already had unity,KDE and cinnamon desktop. I thought of trying unity first and ...
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How can I get settings in .profile to work in GUI desktop?

My emacs configuration uses an environment variable set in .profile, and I realized that it is not available when I run emacs from the desktop shortcut. It is available when emacs GUI is run from ...
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Change autologin from GNOME to i3

I am on Debian Testing How do I enable auto-login to i3 instead of GNOME Update I followed the answer provide by jasonwryan, but it did not solve the problem I did $ update-alternatives --install ...
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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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How to change the view of desktop icons in MATE?

Desktop icons (for example, symlink to .djvu file or to an image) always have different size. Also the titles of icons interfere with each other and become unreadable. Could you please explain how to ...
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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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Desktop Environment that scales GUI according to DPI and monitor size

Does anyone know if there exists a DE that scales GUI based on DPI and monitor size? There's a 15" 4K laptop and 27" 4K monitor that I want to use side by side. My distribution of choice is Linux Mint ...
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${HOME}/Desktop directory somehow got moved in Linux Mint

I started up my laptop PC today and the Desktop directory inside my home folder has somehow been moved into a place other than ${HOME}/Desktop and another Desktop directory exists inside my home ...
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How do I enable and connect to a GUI/Desktop on a remote RHEL 6 server from Windows?

I'm trying to setup a Graphical Desktop on top of my RHEL server, so when I connect to it, it won't just be CLI, it will be a full GUI. (I.e. my setup now is, I use Putty on Windows to connect to my ...
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Strange render anomaly during window resize

When I resize window in any environment, sometimes I see strange anomaly, which lasts until more resize or mouse drop. It's same in each environment and with all windows. Here is it: It's strange, ...
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How does Gnome (or LXDE or UNITY) logout?

I want to make a desktop environment and I want to make a button that logs you out back to the default GUI login. Any ideas thanks.
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Canonical way to simulate a file manager “open item” from the command line

Almost every desktop environment has a mechanism for determining what to do when you (double)-click a file in file manager/explorer windows. This can be based on the extension, or on whatever file ...
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CentOS 7 Taskbar/ Panels, Wallpaper & Mouse Disappeared

I have Centos 7 running on Virtualbox. There we no major software installations but I after a reboot I find myself with a desktop that does not show a wallpaper, the top and bottom taskbar/panels or ...
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How to install CDE on Debian?

According to Wikipedia, the Common Desktop Environment was released under the GPL and at one time was ported to Debian. But searching through Debian's software repository, I was unable to find CDE. Is ...
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How to determine which desktop environment is installed from the shell? [duplicate]

The only Desktop Environment I ever used was Xfce, now for sheer curiosity, I have installed Kali Linux. I have clicked here and there onto the Desktop in vain hope to get an Info about the Desktop ...
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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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Is there any way we can reduce size for all widgets including button, menu/menu item etc in Gnome 3.20 or above?

Recently I reduced the size of title bar in Fedora 24 Gnome 3.20 version. Basically I want to reduce size of every widget so that the space taken by application on screen will be reduce. Any help ...
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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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i3 windows manager conditional exec comand

Is there way to execute a command when a workspace is on? I mean, if i go to a specific workspace (using $mod+5 workspace 5) a command is run (but only once). In summary, execute something like this. ...
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KDE Plasma disappearing after application launch [closed]

Whenever I launch an application (like this google chrome, which I'm using to ask this question) the taskbar and desktop become unclickable. Within seconds, the taskbar slides down (animated) and then ...
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Dockerfile, Docker image and reproducible environment

The usual documentation and notes on docker mention version controlling and sharing the Dockerfile, which should let anyone build an identical image. This sounds great, however, we typically have ...
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Linux arch installing enlightenment just stays same as normal kde

So I've installed enlightenment simply withsudo pacman -S enlightenmentBut when i restart my pc and select an Enlightenment session it just stays the same as what i had originally, kde. I am hoping to ...
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emacs/bash ctrl key shortcuts in all linux desktop environment

I love the emacs keyboard shortcuts like c-f c-b c-d c-p c-a c-k c-y etc. And I've found that in OSX these work pretty much everywhere because all the typical control keys are tied to the command(alt ...
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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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Does installing KDE also install sddm?

I have a machine running Linux Mint 17.3 with XFCE which I have just upgraded to 18. I have also decided to give KDE Plasma a try so I followed this guide to install it. However, I wasn't prompted to ...
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xdg-open backend

I'm creating a desktop for Linux. As a result, I'm creating a utility called ts-open. However, when xdg-open is run, I want it to open ts-open when it detects that my desktop is running (just like it ...
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Are apps on one linux desktop environment compatiable with another desktop environment?

Are apps on one Linux desktop environment compatible with another desktop environment? My distribution is Arch, and I am using Plasma 5 DE. When I install and run apps that are said to be built for ...
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Auto detect already open browser instead of opening default one

I have multiple browsers on my system (Firefox, Google Chrome, and Chromium). I normally use one of them at a time based on my needs, but when other applications want to open a browser they always ...
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Save dual monitor setup on KDE debian 8

I've just updated from Debian 7 to Debian 8 (please don't ask why just now). I'm now trying to save my monitor configuration, so it is the same after a reboot. My monitors are there and if I go into ...
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Screen turns off after 10 minutes and I can't find out why

I'm running Arch Linux with Mate Desktop version 1.16.0 on Linux kernel 4.8.13. I have a weird problem. My screen turns black after around 5 or 10 minutes and I can not find out why. Here is my mate ...

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