Questions tagged [desktop-environments]

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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How do I de-KDE gnome?

I was using KDE for a while, but switched back to GNOME. However, some of the styles from KDE got into GNOME, and now I have a weird KDE/GNOME fusion. How do I revert back to GNOME style, and also ...
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Boot Pop!_OS to shell, no GUI

I have simulation that requires 30 out of my 32 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, Pop!_OS and its Desktop Environment take a little bit more than 2 GB. This means I cannot run my simulation. I tried ...
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No desktop environment while nomodeset is disabled

Desktop environment won't start while GRUBCMDLINELINUX_DEFAULT is set to nomodeset. While it's disabled Gnome starts but without some features like brightness controll or external display detection. ...
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Use GRUB to decide whether to boot to desktop

I know SDDM (or others) can be set to run at boot, but is it possible to create a second GRUB entry that would boot to the normal TTY login? I know it's possible to create an entry for single-user ...
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Is Cinnamon a desktop environment or a window manager? (Or both?)

As far as I understand it: X11 is how you draw primitive things; A (compositing) window manager is something that uses X11 to provide the tools for drawing more complex things, and position them in ...
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How to set up a further Desktop Environment with proprietary drivers on Debian/Ubuntu?

I like to have a second desktop environment which can be selected at the login screen. This environment shall use the proprietary nvidia driver which shall not be used on the other environments. How ...
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Manjaro gnome to cinnamon environment

I have a manjaro gnome and i was trying to install cinnamon using terminal all operations were successful then when logged out of gnome and switched to cinnamon nothing showed up shortcuts work but no ...
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How do I run cinnamon in Ubuntu?

Is there a way to change the desktop environment of Ubuntu to cinnamon? I only have gnome on this computer. I am using ubuntu 18.04.
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How do I change desktop enviorment in debian

I have installed multiple desktop environments when I started debian. I want to change the desktop environment to gnome but I do not know how.
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Align windows on Windows 7 [duplicate]

If I drag a window to the left or right edge of the screen in Windows, Windows will tack it to that edge and resize it to occupy half the screen. On some Linux desktops, this also works in dual ...
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What is the equivalent of "X window system" in Microsoft Windows?

We all know Linux/Unix uses X window system for Graphical User Interface. Can anyone tell me what system does MS Windows use for Graphical User Interface?
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Linux. Default desktop enviroment for each user

I have Arch linux installed on my PC. There are two users and I want to configure LightDM than when first user login Awesome WM starts and when the second user login LXQt starts. I don't want that ...
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KDE recent documents

In KUbuntu in "Application Menu", there is the "Recent Documents" container-item: I suppose other DEs also have something similar. What is the way to add there some document manually? (E.g. to put a ...
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Run i3 (4.12) inside of Gnome (3.20.3)

I run Linux Manjaro and I really love the way Gnome 3 looks, but I hate having to manually move windows out of the way of each other. I tried i3 and really liked it, however it looks pretty hideous. ...
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lightdm and desktop session control by command line

Using linux desktop systems (lightdm login manager, openbox, lxde or unity desktops), how can I enter and exit sessions (eg. log in from lightdm and log out from the desktop session) by command line, ...
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Will changing windows shell affect my ability to run windows programs?

I have recently started using Linux on my laptop and I really like it. Especially I am overwhelmed by the ability to customize the desktop environment in Linux. I start reading about it and I learned ...
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How to show same panel on every monitor in KDE 5?

I'm using KDE 5.4.3 shipped with Debian GNU/Linux stretch/sid. I want to show a same panel on every monitor, but I didn't find the option. I have been using Ubuntu Unity desktop environment for a ...
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Linux Arch Xorg xf86EnableIOPorts failed

I recently installed Arch, as a desktop environment I chose Budgie desktop and I would like to run without any display manager. But sometimes I encounter an issue where when I log in and exec ...
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Performance hit installing multiple desktop environments in Fedora?

Will installing multiple desktop environments (Gnome, KDE, XFCE, LXDE) on a Fedora laptop slow down the system?
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How can I determine what causes a mystery window to be created?

I have what appears to be a window which is always created in my desktop environment: See that white bar in the upper left corner? It seems to be a 5x1 pixel window. I can drag it around. Right click ...
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Alt-tab within VNC and back to my desktop

My local desktop is Windows 7, and my remote Linux machine is Ubuntu + Gnome. I access my linux machine via VNCViewer. When I'm working on my desktop, Alt+Tab switches between my desktop programs. ...
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Place icons on the Chromebook desktop

I am accustomed to windows/mac/ubuntu/debian/mint/centos/rhel desktop operating systems which all have a "desktop" (please see the link for the word "desktop" if you are not sure what a desktop is or ...
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how change destktop environment in kali 2 sana

i just installed cinnamon and KDE in Kali 2 but i don't know how to change my Desktop to cinnamon or KDE. in Kali 1 on the login screen there was this option to change the desktop environment but in ...
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Modern Desktop Environment for RHEL 6

I'm currently forced to work with a machine running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Since I'm usually working with the latest Ubuntu version and a corresponding modern desktop environment, I was quite ...
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What is the difference between a Display Manager and Desktop Environment?

I know that a Window Manager just manages windows, and can basically be used with any DE. My question is what is the difference between a display manager and a desktop environment? I ask this because ...
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Changing Linux desktop's environment variables without re-login

I'm setting a particular environment variable in my .bashrc, and, once I source it, it is available both in the shell itself and in gVim instances that I start from the shell. But, if I start a gVim ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 with a CentOS 6 desktop look and feel

I'd like to install an up-to-date Ubuntu distro (14.04 LTS) at home since it is much easier to get desktop applications; however, I'm using CentOS 6 at work and I'm used to and prefer the desktop look ...
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How to change desktop environments without mixing up their programs?

I am relatively new to Linux-based OSes. Well, I tried to install gnome by replacing KDE using YaST (upon selection of gnome, YaST told me that KDE would have to be removed - to which I happily agreed)...
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Can you see whats happening under the gui?

When I start application with gui from linux terminal, i am able to see whats happening iunder the gui in that terminal. And if it crashes, most of the time there is problem why did it crashed. So my ...
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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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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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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 distro-...
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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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