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How can I launch the GNOME image viewer from the terminal?

It's the default image viewer for Ubuntu, and apparently it's called Eye of Gnome. I would like to be able to launch it from the command line, passing it a file name to open.
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Change Ubuntu 11 scrollbars back to the old style

I've installed Ubuntu 11.04 and the new scrollbars in Nautilus, GEdit, etc. are driving me insane! How do I go back to the old (Ubuntu 10.10 and earlier) scrollbars? In the Natty Nautilus you can't ...
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No option to hibernate/shutdown in GNOME 3?

I have installed Fedora 15 Alpha with GNOME 3. Everything is working fine. However, I can't see any option to hibernate or shutdown. In the top panel when I click my user name, I only have one option ...
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How can I merge the gnome clipboard and the X selection?

I'm constantly frustrated by the two separate clipboards in X/Gnome. I'm constantly doing things like control-C to copy, and then middle-click to paste, and getting the wrong data. Or select something,...
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What is Gnome / KDE etc?

I have been on Windows my entire life. Without getting too technical, what are these things? When I search on the net, I get some technical results. I simple do not understand what these things are! ...
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How do I check whether I am using KDE or Gnome?

or maybe something else? I am using Redhat OS.
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How do I alternate tabs in Linux GNOME terminal?

I like to open several tabs in GNOME terminal when I work. In Firefox, you can switch between tabs using Ctrl-Tab or Ctrl-Shift-Tab. How do I get the same functionality in GNOME terminal?
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How do I find out my screen resolution from a shell script?

How do I find out my screen resolution from a shell script?
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Bash command to focus a specific window

Is there a way, in bash command line, to give focus to a specific window of a running process. Assume I know the process' name, number, and anything else I need. For instance, if I have a single ...
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Save multiple gnome-terminal layout?

I have multiple gnome-terminal windows open. Is there a way to save the settings (window position, no. of tabs, title etc). across OS reboots ?
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NumLock is completely useless, and I want to disable it completely on Linux

Forget all the rants about Caps Lock, Num Lock is the most useless key of them all. It's never, ever useful. You don't want to use your numpad as an arrowpad, since the arrows are 1cm away from it. ...
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Tiling Window Manager

I've been looking into tiling window managers because I'm tired of manually positioning and resizing all my windows whenever I want to see some information side by side. However, the tiling window ...
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How to stream my GNU/Linux audio output to Android devices over WI-FI?

I want to stream my audio output over the network (Wi-Fi) to my Android devices. I'm not looking for a music/video streaming solution, but I would stream any audio output of my GNU/Linux desktop to my ...
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How do I restore the Gnome Panel volume control in Ubuntu?

I use alsa, and I don't have a volume control applet on my Gnome Panel. When I right click and select "add to panel", there is nothing that has to do with "sound", "audio" or "volume" in the list, ...
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Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: “murrine”

I have downloaded and installed a new theme before in my fedora machine. However, I got this warning when I load gvim, nautilus every time. (gvim:4629): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine ...
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What do do when Linux gui freezes

I'm running Gnome with compiz in Ubuntu 10.04. Sometimes the gui will freeze. I can move the mouse, but I can't interact with programs. The only thing I can do is go to a terminal window with Alt+Ctrl+...
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How do I make mailto: links open gmail in Ubuntu?

I've tried using this How-To Geek guide, but it doesn't work. Running the script from the terminal works (although I had to change its permissions first), but clicking on a mailto: link does nothing. ...
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How to vertically split widescreen into two virtual workspaces on Ubuntu/Gnome?

My new laptop has a big 16:9 screen, and I'm finding it hard to fully utilize it during the 95% of the time that I'm not watching HD movies on it. I'd like to set it up as a kind of virtual dual ...
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How to open a menu with 'Open Terminal Here' in Ubuntu 10.04 by left clicking desktop, or inside folder?

How can I customize Ubuntu 10.04 so the menu created by left clicking inside a folder or desktop gives me the option of opening up a terminal in that location? I have thsi functionality in the XFCE ...
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What's a good substitute for gnome terminal? [closed]

Lately, I've been opening up several terminals at a time. Having to alt-tab between terminals is confusing. I need something that combines several terminals in just one window. What are good ...
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How do KDE applications run under Gnome?

If Gnome uses GTK+ and KDE uses Qt, how come KDE applications can run under Gnome?
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Add panel to secondary monitor on Ubuntu 10.04

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx and I was wondering if it is possible to put a panel on a secondary monitor. Here are methods I have tried which did not work: Click and drag the panel from the ...
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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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How to remove the Ubuntu Gnome desktop after making the switch to KDE?

This is the opposite of this question. Basically I've been using Ubuntu for a while but decided to give KDE a shot so I went through the process of getting the latest KDE installed. I'm very ...
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Linux - Set default terminal size and screen position?

I can't find any settings inside the terminal profile to allow me to set a geometry size and screen x,y coordinates so that the terminal window always opens (even after reboot) in the same location on ...
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Running Ubuntu with multiple monitors having a panel each

I have just installed Ubuntu and I'm trying to set up a correct configuration for having multiple monitors. I want the two monitors to have their own workspaces, yet the ability to drag a window from ...
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Make Gnome screen lock after 1 hour, not 15 minutes?

I am using Fedora 20 with Gnome. The screen Power Savings blanks the screen after 15 minutes and then the screen gets automatically locked. I'd like to have the screen blanked and locked after an hour,...
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Can I make Ubuntu 11.10's desktop look like 11.04's Ubuntu Classic?

I updated to 11.10 today and Unity has absolutely driven me nuts. Is there a way to bring 11.04's Classic Desktop back to 11.10? I tried KDE and I don't find it similar enough to be happy. I tried ...
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How to automatically execute a shell script when logging into Ubuntu

How do I get a script to execute automatically when I log in? Not when the machine starts up, and not for all users, but only when I (or any specific user with the script) login via the GNOME UI. ...
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GNOME-like workspaces for Windows

I worked a lot in the GNOME environment in Ubuntu and really liked it. But, I had to move to Windows due to some reasons. Is there any program that can allow to me to switch between workspaces like I ...
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How do I add/remove an entry in the Indicator Applet in Gnome?

I can't seem to find a guide or reference on how to configure the 'indicator-applet' (aka MessagingMenu) that came about in the 9.04 release of Ubuntu. It's that little mail icon that lists messaging ...
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Linux: How to set default directory of terminal emulators?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04, my terminals (gnome-terminal and urxvt) start in "/" instead of "~" What can cause this behavior? I imagine that the working directory of Gnome or X is set to "/", ...
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Disabling mouse hiding in Gnome Terminal while typing

Does anyone know how to turn off the hateful behavior that is now default in Gnome Terminal — when a key is pressed the mouse pointer hides until it is moved again. I'm honestly ready to ...
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How can I show the date in the gnome 3 menubar?

Gnome 3 has a menu bar that includes the day of the week and the time. The date and time settings allow the time to be shown in 24 hour or AM/PM style. There do not appear, however, to be any options ...
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How do I set an environmental variable for a GNOME session?

On my system, for apps that use SDL, I need to set an environmental variable: export SDL_AUDIODRIVER=alsa to get the sound to work properly. How do I set up my GNOME session so that this variable ...
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How can I type a backslash with no backslash key?

I'm trying to use a UK keymap on a physical US keyboard on my notebook (Asus Zenbook UX31E). My keyboard has vertical bar and backslash (| and \) above the Enter key, but I get hash and tilde instead....
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Search Terminal Output

Using a default terminal and bash, there is no functionality to search the standard output of commands. One can gain such functionality using other tools, like emacs shell or screen, but I am ...
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Why does Gnome 3 not display files on the desktop?

I put some files in my "desktop" folder to be displayed on the screen but nothing happens, why?
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Gnome (Ubuntu): how to bring a program window to the front using a command line from the terminal?

I have a certain work environment with dozens of open Windows. How can I bring to the front a window with a known name/title programatically or using the command line?
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Is it possible to route different applications to different audio outputs with Pulse Audio?

Is it possible to route different applications to different audio outputs with Pulse Audio? I'd like my music to be played on my Stereo, but I'd like sound alerts to be played on my notebook speakers. ...
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How to change font size in gnome-shell panel

I tried gnome-shell in Ubuntu by using the gnome-shell --replace command. It works well but I think the font size in the shell panel is too big. Is possible to custom the font size in gnome-shell ...
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Implications of running KDE application in Gnome

I run Ubuntu 9.04 with the Gnome environment by default. Recently I've started playing around with Kdenlive, a KDE application. I've noticed a number of graphical glitches in it and am wondering how ...
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How I can take a screenshot with current cursor in GNOME?

When I take a screenshot in Ubuntu 10.04 (Gnome) using application "Take Screenshot" I get a screenshow this a default mouse cursor, but when i take a screenshot, cursor of mouse was another, for ...
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Window tiling in Gnome without Compiz?

I really do like the Grid plugin in Compiz, but at work I cannot use Compiz on my workstation (Fedora 12). Is there anything similar for plain X or Metacity? The Grid-plugin gives you a few keyboard ...
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How do I get X11 Forwarding to work on Windows with PuTTY and Xming?

I've always wanted to get X11 Forwarding to work with PuTTY, and the X Window System I'm using is Xming. When I have Xming running and I establish a new connection to my server, I receive the ...
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How to get alt-tab on GNOME to cycle through applications like Windows?

I am running GNOME desktop v2.16.0 on RedHat Enterprise Linux v5.3. I would like to assign the Alt-Tab key to cycle through the currently running applications like Microsoft Windows does. I believe ...
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Custom hotkey/shortcut to open/bring to front an app

I don't imagine this is built into the system, but is it possible to do it without too much hassle? Say I open a specific program with a hotkey, and when I press that hotkey again, the program window ...
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How to find the default file manager?

as a Linux user, I see that some applications can request a path to be opened and this causes a file manager to be launched. I'd like to do this programmatically, but how can I know which is the ...
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How do I restore a 'panel' in Ubuntu?

I accidentally removed one of the default panels in Ubuntu 9.04 which contained (among other items) my Dropbox icon, GMail notifier & battery meter. This happened when I right-clicked what I ...
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Permanently disable screensaver Fedora 19

I am creating a bash script that will 'setup' a client machine running Fedora 19 (GNOME). I need to be able to permanently disable the screensaver with no user input. I found some (granted, old) ...