Software that provides a graphical user interface, with elements like icons, windows, toolbars, as well as additional features. Popular examples include Gnome and KDE.

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Switching to the New Desktop in Linux

I followed a guide to install the Cinnamon desktop on my Kali (Debian-based) system. I installed everything: apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base cinnamon It went smooth with ...
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Cinnamon doesn't load at launch loading LXDE instead, what is wrong here?

Hi I Found myself with this weird issue that after installing Cinnamon desktop environment on a Debian-based linux distro, with apt-get upgrade apt-get install cinnamon, at the log-in moment Even ...
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Is it possible to set environment variables in a DE-agnostic manner in X11?

For an example, to set environment variables in Xfce4, I would copy /etc/xdg/xfce4/ to .config/xfce4/xinitrc and add export BLAHBLAH="xyz" in there, but that won't work on Gnome, or KDE, or LXDM, or ...
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Everything seems to be rendered below wallpaper

I've got a fresh installation of Fedora 20 with KDE. Everything is out-of-box, no reconfiguring. It starts normally, I get the standart logon screen. But when it starts the desktop, everything becomes ...
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Unable to switch desktop environment ubuntu?

I'm trying to run gnome desktop environment on Ubuntu 14.04. I've installed the same but am unable to select it from the login menu. The button in the top right corner isn't there. Otherwise my ...
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Fake desktop environment on Debian server?

I want to run a TeamSpeak 3 Client on my server to serve as a local sound bot. TeamSpeak 3 Client needs a GUI. It is based on Qt. Since TeamSpeak can be controlled from command line, it is not really ...
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How to restore Gnome desktop environment in Debian 6?

After installing Meld in Debian 6, the whole OS became desktopless after I restarted. How do I restore the Gnome desktop? Currently my full screen is on command prompt mode.
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Desktop versus desktop enviroment [closed]

I was arguing with a friend who said that both terms means the same thing. In my opinion desktop is just the primary user interface(background image plus shortscuts,icons etc) while the desktop ...
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How to set a default desktop environment at system start?

I'm a Linux and KDE user, and recently I started to use also Enlightenment as a substitute Desktop environment when I need a lighter resource consumption. I use KDM as a display manager, and I need ...
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KDE Crashes before starting: Arch Linux

Today I installed Arch Linux on my old desktop which used to work just fine with Ubuntu 12.04. The installation was successful and I installed SLiM session manager and xorg and all dependencies. ...
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run a bash script at logoff, shutdown, and restart on Linux

I need to run a bash script each time a Debian-esque thick client logs off, shuts down, or restarts. Outside of that, it can be any distro, desktop environment, window manager, or otherwise ...
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Why do some desktop enviromnents require a “3D” graphics card?

I was reading through the answers on this question listing desktop environments for Ubuntu, and I noticed that many of the more..."fancy" ones required a "3D" graphics card. But it doesn't look like ...
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Custom icons for the different mime-types in LXDE/PCManFM (open desktop)

I want to create new mime-type (text/something) for some kind of files. I know how to make it, but I don't know how to make the file manager to display different icons for these file types? I am ...
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How to install GNOME 3.8 on my ubuntu 12.04?

I just saw UI of GNome 3.8 and it is awesome. I want to have it, but I don't want to disturb my current setup of ubuntu 12.04. Please tell me if I can install GNOME 3.8 UI on my ubuntu 12.04 without ...
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Where and how are logon and startup scripts for graphics desktop managed?

Where and how are the Ubuntu equivalent of your personal Windows configuration stored? Something akin to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run as well as the Start Up menu. ...
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apt-get only downloading gnome classic

For the past few weeks, I've been having a problem with my two laptops. Somehow (both on linux mint 13 and ubuntu 12.04) I have been trying to download gnome 3.4 shell. Unfortunately it would only ...
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How to use KDE's desktop manager on Ubuntu/Unity?

I don't know what program KDE uses to manage the desktop, but I love it, and I want it to replace Nautilus. Is it possible to get this program to manage the Ubuntu desktop? If not, can I use some ...
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Can I have Graphics on Linux without a desktop manager?

I have a more-or-less embedded application in development that uses Linux as its OS. I get to specify the distro we use and had started with Ubunto 12.04. My applications, thankfully, are ...
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GNU/Linux Desktop Environment with Global Menu

I am someone who is not a fanboy of any operating system. Have spent a lot of time on Windows, OSX as well as GNU/Linux and FreeBSD. I am looking for a desktop environment on GNU/Linux that features ...
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How to configure Linux to open files by extension?

The various Linux's desktops open files according to their mime type. This is a very nice feature but I also need to open them by extension (as with Windows). For instance, I want to open every ...
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Openbox fails on login

X throws this error: Xsession: unable to launch "/usr/share/xsessions/openbox.xsession" Xsession --- "/usr/share/xsessions/openbox.xsession" not found; Falling back to default session. But a trip ...
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Xfce - minimizing windows to tray (iconifying)

For XFCE (v. 4.8), I'm searching for possible options to minimize windows to tray (iconify). This means that 1) they're not in the window listing and 2) they're not in the alt+TAB menu and 3) when ...
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How can I get programs to open in a different workspace from current?

If I click on a software icon on Ubuntu, or a menu entry, and then before the program opens I quickly change to a different workspace, the program opens not in the workspace in which I clicked the ...
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How to continue using GNOME2 with Ubuntu or a derived distribution?

I am currently using Ubuntu 11.04 with GNOME2 instead of the new default, Unity. I heard that in a newer Ubuntu version there is no GNOME2 aka Ubuntu classic desktop anymore. Which Linux ...
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Anyone have a successful Xfce + Fluxbox spin?

A little background. Before upgrading to F15, I used Gnome out of box. I installed much the same with Fedora 15 i386 ISO at Fedoraproject.org's home page. Gnome 3 is not supported on my laptop. I'm ...
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Sideward Scrolling Desktop Environment or Window Manager

I saw a guy on the train the other day with a desktop environment or window manager that when you moved your mouse to the edge of the screen it would scroll sideways to reveal more of the desktop. As ...
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Window Manager vs. Desktop Environment vs. Window System? What's the difference?

I'm confused as to what these terms actually mean AND as to what they do/how they contribute to the system as a whole. In particular, back when I was running Ubuntu, there were several keywords like: ...
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Is there any good desktop for people don't know computer?

I am looking for some windows desktop software for my parents. They totally don't know and understand computer. The Windows7 desktop is too complicated for them. I tried to customize it and make it ...
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Can I change Windows desktop environment?

I do not like Windows 7 default desktop environment and I would like to replace it. I do not know if it can be changed and what desktop environments are available for Windows. I like Windows XP ...
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CentOS: Changing desktop environment from Gnome to KDE

I have installed my CentOS machine with the GNOME desktop environment. I would like to change it to KDE. I am already in the process of downloading and installing KDE packages, will that conflict with ...
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How to restore Ubuntu desktop?

A few days back, I installed Compiz to try out the 3D desktop effects. Unfortunately, that messed up my desktop, and it has since been working in low resolution mode. Can someone suggest a quick ...
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What GUI systems let you copy text with formatting preserved, via clipboard?

If you select and copy a text from Internet Explorer and paste it in Miscrosoft Word, the formatting is preserved. If you do that in Opera or Firefox in Windows, it's lost, IIRC. I use Gnome desktop ...
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What are a few 3d cube (desktop managers) for Mac OS X?

I am using Snow Leopard 10.6 and every desktop manager that I can find and install won't work. What can I try or apps that you know that I can try that will work on 10.6?
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How can I switch to the standard desktop in Ubuntu Karmic?

I installed Ubuntu Karmic Koala (9.10) on my ASUS 900 netbook, and I prefer the standard interface when using it. However, I can't seem to find the actual program or utility that lets me switch ...
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Is there a guide for setting up an OpenBSD desktop environment?

The default installation of OpenBSD is a little spartan. Is there a guide somewhere that shows how to set up a nicer desktop environment? I don't need a lot of bells and whistles but that window ...
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How to run multiple X desktops?

How can I run two instance of, e.g. GNOME, on my computer at once? I know how to change the virtual terminal, but I can't work out how to start a second instance of gnome - it just exits telling me ...
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Prevent screensaver starting when an application runs fullscreen

Is there a way to prevent the screensaver from running when a certain application is running, in Windows Vista? I'm asking because I know Windows MediaPlayer does this, but the kind people at ...