KDE is a cross-platform desktop environment and software compilation, commonly used on Linux.

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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 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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How to type unicode characters in KDE?

This answer has tips on how to do it on Gnome or Vim, but these don't work on KDE. This bug shows that KDE don't support the ISO notation with Ctrl+Shift plus the character's hex code. Is there any ...
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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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How can I map Win + L to lock screen in KDE4?

How can I map the keyboard shortcut to locking a session in KDE 4?
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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 do I remove KDE from Ubuntu if I decide not to stick with it?

I installed kubuntu-kde4-desktop package on my Ubuntu 9.04 install to give KDE a fair shake since I've always wanted to try it. I'm not done with it yet, but if I decide I want to go back to my tried ...
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sudo access for desktop actions in Gnome/KDE?

I feel kinda silly asking this question. I'm using CentOS 5.4 and KDE. I downloaded an archive and I want to drag/drop the contents into a folder that I need root access to write to. I can obviously ...
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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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VIM: How to configure Solarized colorscheme in Konsole

I am trying to configure Solarized for use in VIM in Konsole (KDE terminal). This is the result that I get: Note that Solarized looks fine in GVIM on the same machine: I suspect that it is ...
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How to write to KDE's OSD or notification from console?

How can I write, from a bash script, to KDE's OSD or notification area? I am using KDE 4.5, and basically what I want is my script to report some stuff when it is run. Since I run the script by a ...
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KDE - move app window between monitors via keyboard

I'm looking for an utility that would move application window between multiple monitors in KDE.
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How to disable top left hotspot corner in KDE?

I'm using KDE 4.7 (from the testing repo) on Arch Linux 3.0-ARCH. It's very annoying that when I move my mouse to the top left, thumbnails of my windows appear. This is especially annoying with ...
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Keyboard shortcuts in KDE 4.x

I've tried KDE 4.0.x/4.1.x/4.3.x ( RC2 ) but I can't seem to accomplish a simple task: Launching Konsole using a keyboard shortcut The way I used to do this with KDE 3.5.x would be to : ...
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Is there a DBus command to toggle auto-hide on a KDE Plasma panel?

Is there a DBus command (or some other way from the command line) to toggle auto-hide on a panel in KDE Plasma? (I'm running KDE 4.6.) I have a game I run in WINE that doesn't work right if it's ...
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How to make KDE Desktop stop creating notification 'The screen is being locked'

Is there a setting somewhere that tells KDE Power Management System to stop creating notifications whenever I put the computer to sleep? It is annoying, having my notification list full of 'The screen ...
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How can I run Gnome or KDE locally in Cygwin?

Apparently it is possible to do this using cygwin ports, as can be seen in screenshots. I followed this how-to to get apt-cygports set up, and I used it to install gnome-session. This how-to ...
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What is a good KDE equivalent to gnome-do?

I'd like it to be seamless in regard to performance. Here's how I use gnome-do by hitting Windows + space I get a prompt and I start typing, it starts showing me programs to run using the characters ...
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CentOS - difference between ssh -X and startx, and starting a gui

I'm trying to get my gui on my CentOS machine up, but I frankly don't know the linux commands and google hasn't had a clear answer. I'm assuming ssh -X and startx are the same, but maybe not; ssh -X ...
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What are the differences between Linux Window Managers?

See the title - are there any show-stopping differences between GNOME and KDE, at this point? Is it just a matter of preference? I know some applications run 'better' one or the other, but besides ...
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How can I make KDE and other non-GNOME apps inherit the Ubuntu theme?

I'm running Ubuntu (9.04) and have a bunch of different types of apps installed on my system: GNOME apps like Firefox, gEdit. KDE4 apps like AmaroK and KATE. Qt apps like VLC. Opera browser, which ...
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How do I add/modify/remove startup programs in KDE?

I am looking for application which allow me to manage the startup programs in KDE. Just like BootUp-Manager in Ubuntu (Gnome).
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How to hide back up files (xxxxx~)

In KDE, it always displays the backup files with ~. Is there any method to hide these files?
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Perform action when clipboard contents match regex

I use the Actions feature of KDE's Klipper utility to run certain commands when I copy something into the clipboard that matches a particular regular expression. Unfortunately, I have to turn on ...
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KDE Desktop sharing auto opens every time

Every time I log into my kubuntu installation the KDE desktop sharing "invitation" window opens. I do not want this to occur. I thought closing it out, then logging out and back in would work, but ...
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Monaco font not antialiased in some GTK apps

I have a strange issue with the Monaco font on Ubuntu Karmic. I have recently installed the Monaco font just to see what the hype is all about. The problem that I am facing now is that is not ...
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How to avoid ugly dithering when running KDE over VNC?

I'm currently setting up a new Xen paravirt domain running KDE (4.2.2, from Kubuntu 9.04). As I have been unable to get the virtual framebuffer working in it, I've decided to set up VNC (from the ...
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run command automatically right after wake up from standby (“sleep”)?

How can I run a command automatically every time my systems wakes up from standby ("sleep")? I am using Kubuntu. (still 9.10 but I'll migrate soon to 10.4) As the window manger is locked right after ...
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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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Connecting to a hidden wireless network on Kubuntu

How can I connect to a hidden wireless network on Kubuntu? I have 9.10 64bit installed, and have the information for the network (e.g. SSID and key) because I've already connected to it on Windows.
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KDE auto-shrinks windows?

I have been beating my head against the wall and my Google-fu is failing me. I tried Ubuntu 11.10 and saw Gnome 3. It's horrid. So I thought I'd give KDE4 a shot. My only complaint after a few ...
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Is there a breakdown of the differences between GNOME, KDE, and Xfce desktop environments?

I am going to be putting Linux (Ubuntu) on my desktop and I figure that don't need every desktop environment out there, so I figure I'll either get Ubuntu (GNOME), Kubuntu (KDE), or Xubuntu (Xfce). ...
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How do I disable the SuSE screensaver?

Running SuSE 11.1 w/ KDE 4. Screensaver keeps blanking out my screen on me and I can't find a setting to turn it off. A secondary issue is that it also eventually locks my screen on me if screen is ...
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Stop music playback when I lock the screen

Is it possible to run xmms2 stop when I lock the screen with Ctrl+Alt+L?
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Move windows between KDE activties

KDE 4.6 Plasma Workspaces added support for managing windows in Activities, which are a sort of combination between virtual desktops and session management. But I still haven't figured out some basic ...
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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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Disable KDE sounds in GNOME Ubuntu

I use kate (a KDE text editor) under GNOME in Ubuntu. Since Natty upgrade, it plays miscellaneous sounds on error and other notifications. I disabled sound notifications in GNOME, but kate sounds are ...
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Making GTK applications look decent under KDE

I just installed the latest Ubuntu (Karmic Koala) and thought that I could try out using KDE as my desktop for a change. I got it mostly set up to my liking, but there are certain applications which ...
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Tile KDE Desktop

Is there a way to automatically give each window (app) equal space in a KDE desktop, like Tiling in Windows?
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keyboard mappings are totally screwed after updating to kde4

I recently upgraded from KDE 3.5 to KDE 4, and I have been having weird issues with my keyboard. In one of the virtual consoles e.g. when I press ctrl + alt 1 , I can type perfectly, but in KDE, ...
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Which linux distributions primarily target KDE?

I've been playing with Kubuntu, but it seems to lack the polish of Ubuntu. I am looking for a linux distro in which KDE is the first-class desktop environment. Which linux distributions primarily ...
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GUI tool to extract iso file contents on Linux (KDE)

I have an ISO CD image file and want to extract it's contents to a folder. I know there are ways to mount the image and stuff, but it's complicated. I'm looking for a GUI tool to open up the contets ...
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How to get font smoothing to work in Firefox under Linux?

I'm using Arch Linux with KDE 4.6 and Firefox 5.0, and I had to install a GTK+ theme to make apps like Firefox look nicer. Now, I have another problem—Firefox doesn't use font smoothing on sites, ...
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Find and raise a window in KDE4 with shortcut

I was wondering about a possibility to find and raise some window in KDE4 with shortcut. Currently in KDE 4.4 there is a possibility to switch to window from krunner (Alt-F2). Say, I have an open ...
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How to have ESC also cancel CAPS if CAPS is enabled?

Is there any way to configure the keyboard so that pressing ESC will also cancel the Capslock feature, if Capslock is enabled? I specifically use Kubuntu Linux with ESC and Caps keys switched (VIM ...
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How to properly end a KDE session from shell without root privileges

I am accessing the machine (OpenSuse 11 with KDE) over NX. I cannot use the Alt-Ctrl-Del shortcuts as it is captured by my system. The regular logoff button just ends the NX session without ending ...
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Fedora 15 how to switch GNOME to KDE at login time

I would like to enable user ability to set Desktop to GNOME or KDE at login time.
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Multiple monitor specific task bar KDE (linux ultramon alt)

I know in KDE you can add multiple panels and then add widgets to those panels. But is there a way to get open windows to only display in the taskbar in the monitor that they're open in? Essentially ...
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Download and install newer KDE without root access?

Without being root, is it possible to download a newer version of KDE and use that as your window manager for a RealVNC server?