This tag should be used for questions relating to desktop environments, and not a specific desktop environment such as Gnome Shell, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, Unity.

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“Unable to locate package cinnamon” when trying to install cinnamon

i want to install cinnamon on ubuntu 14.04, but i get an error "unable to locate package cinnamon" sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get ...
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Desktop environment agnostic method for prompting the user for a password?

In Gnome, there is gksudo. In KDE, there is kdesudo. Is there a command that can be run on any desktop environment that will prompt the user for the root password and then run a command?
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what is desktop environment and where is placed in linux architecture [closed]

What is the role of the desktop environment in the architecture of a Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu? Can anyone explain what a desktop environment is and how it relates to other components ...
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Proxy setting under xfce within virtual machine

My Ubuntu is within a virtual machine. When I log in with a ubuntu session, the web browser works fine. But when I log in with a xfce session, the web browser does not work... I try to change proxy ...
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Login Screen Desktop Manager?

Is the Login handled by a desktop manager? If so, what happens if I install another desktop manager (which one will provide the login?) and how to control which one is used? Whenever I login it looks ...
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Installing full Linux on android

I want to get full Linux with GUI and desktop on my android tab (rooted). I heard about apps called " Linux deploy" and "Complete Linux installer". However I have a few doubts : 1) Is it possible to ...
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How to align desktop icons with consistent icon sizes and short file names?

I find it very annoying that the icons on the desktop are not aligned in a proper grid. The icon sizes are not consistent and longer file names are shown on multiple lines, this is just plain ugly and ...
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Ubuntu won't boot after initializing the Build Environment for Android

My laptop worked perfectly util I initialized the build environment for Android. The GUI won't start. It looks like some kinds of graphics card problems. I tried to fix it but after trying a lot of ...
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LightDM run desktop for one session “This session Only”

I sometimes experiment with many different desktop environments, some of which can be unstable. I have had a few times where I needed to drop into root shell, disable auto login, then log into my ...
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What is controlling the desktop display?

I have two Ubuntu systems and in the course of changing configurations something has become muddled. I have disabled Unity in favor of gnome shell, the older style display of the desktop. Then I ...
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DE-specific startup applications?

I want certain applications (such as indicator-multiload) to run at startup only if I sign into Unity, not GNOME-shell. I also want some other applications to only start in GNOME-shell (like Shutter). ...
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Best performance: Gnome 3, Unity or Cinnamon? [closed]

Which one of these three configurations consumes the least resources?
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Missing default Ubuntu desktop environment in the login screen

After installing GNOME desktop environment in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I'm missing Ubuntu default desktop environment... How can I add it back to the list in the login screen where I can select different ...
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Controls like checkboxes and radio buttons are invisible : After Upgrade to 14.10

I recently upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04. No matter what theme I try, radio buttons and checkboxes simply do not appear in my applications. Any ideas? Here's a an image showing this:
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Unity doesn't load - no Launcher or Dash appears [closed]

I am using 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my simple Desktop-PC (3GHz Intel P4, 1GB RAM, Intel inbuilt Graphics, and NO extra graphic-card) so nothing to worry about graphic like nvidia etc. Here is ...
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how do you install ubuntu touch as a desktop environment? [duplicate]

On another question someone mentioned that you could install ubuntu touch as a desktop environment for laptops with touchscreens. I have not been able to find this option. Is there a way I could try ...
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How to install different desktop managers on different tty

How do I install different desktop managers like Unity, KDE, XFCE etc in different ttys so that I could toggle them using CtrlAlt+F N, where N is 4,5,6 etc. In this answer I got the hint of such ...
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Switching from Ubuntu Desktop to Ubuntu Tablet

I have been considering buying a Lenovo Yoga 11S (I am aware that I will have to recompile the kernel due to the wireless driver). My main concern is having a good experience in both laptop mode and ...
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How to create a limited use Lubuntu custom desktop?

I'm working on a project for a nonprofit cultural center. I’m trying to develop a limited desktop using Lubuntu. The idea is to provide a basic desktop, maybe only four icons, Chrome, OpenOffice, ...
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How to avoid in the task bar other Workspace application icons?

What I want is that when I go to ones of my Workspaces, in the task bar where all current running app is showed, just appear app in the current Workspace. How can I do that?
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Desktop files moved to secondary monitor

when I hook up a secondary monitor (to give a presentation or something) all my desktop files are placed on the secondary monitor. I want them to remain on my laptop desktop, which is emptied when I ...
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How to edit nautilus side menu transparency and font color?

I've been trying to customize my Ubuntu 12.04 Unity desktop. I am describing what I've done until now to make it easier to understand what is my practical question. Please don't refer to it as too ...
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How do I customize Alt+Tab behaviour? [closed]

GOAL: I would like to make the little menu that pops up when I press Alt+Tab to gain the ability to jump to a particular window by pointing my mouse at one of the icons. This is the behaviour that ...
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32bit vs 64bit on desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit and which should I choose? My cpu is Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8200 which, by Intel page support 64bit. I went to the download ...
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Are there any small GUI packages for Ubuntu?

I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 Server, but I need a GUI and ability to run programs like web browser. It doesn't have to be pretty. I have checked gnome and kdefull - those require like 1300 and ...
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How do I uninstall Cinnamon?

So I installed the cinnamon desktop environment on Ubuntu 12.10 but now I want to uninstall it. What would the command line(s) be to uninstall it?
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start terminal from bootable USB drive

I am running Ubuntu from a bootable USB drive on an old machine. The graphical interface is using up all the memory and I actually just need a terminal. Is there a way to not start the desktop ...
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Unwanted Chinese language got set in system settings [duplicate]

I have made some changes in system settings, following suggestions by some users. However, this morning when I did a reboot I am unable to see English as my default language. My system is showing some ...
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What flavour of ubuntu desktop should I use?

I have a powerpc, 800mhz 832mb of ram. Currently running Mac OSX tiger. I have tried Ubuntu 10.04 and it's way too slow. Xubuntu is also too slow for regular usage (gui elements lag a lot). Which ...
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Difference Between Ubuntu and Ubuntu-Gnome

Hai all I just want to know is there any Difference Between Ubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME. I love to use Ubuntu... But I hate the Unity desktop... So want an Ubuntu system with GNOME 3. So if I install ...
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What does it take for a desktop environment of my choice to have its own official Ubuntu derivative?

I would like my desktop environment of choice to have its own official Ubuntu derivative, like LXQT/LXDE and Lubuntu. What steps does it take to get there? I would like to see if there is a point for ...
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I have disabled Unity plugin in “ccsm” when turning off Expo. How can i recover it?

Common left panel (launcher) is disable too. I think i should reset settings. How can i do it? PS i can start terminal.
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How can I know if my an application on my desktop environment is loading other DE's modules, libraries, etc?

I read this question and it's answer about multiple desktop environments and how they might impact system performance and was wondering: How do I know if I'm using an "application which loads the ...
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Does running the vanilla Ubuntu 14.04 with MATE D.E. installed provide the same reduced resource usage benefit as running Ubuntu MATE 14.04?

My girlfriend is running Ubuntu 14.04 on her entry level laptop. Ubuntu uses more system resources than some other desktop environments, particularly MATE. I'd like to increase the performance of ...
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using multiple desktop environments [closed]

Quick question about using multiple desktop environments. Can I install extra environments without affecting my current environment. I have to use a low energy demanding environment because I will not ...
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Unity and KDE desktop on the same screen

As you can see in the screenshot below, the user has managed to run KDE desktop in Unity (or vice versa?) I've already installed kubuntu-desktop package and CompizConfig Settings Manager and also ...
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How to get Étoilé on ubuntu

Étoilé is a Desktop environment. I want on on my ubuntu 12.04 computer but how? Can you Please Help me With it.
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Ubuntu Hangs on Boot After Installing “gnome”

I tried installing the gnome desktop environment on Ubuntu 15.10 by typing sudo apt-get install gnome Now when I try to boot up my computer It gets stuck on this screen: EDIT I have tried ...
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Desktop environment without Python dependency

I'm looking for a desktop environment without Python dependency unlike Unity and GNOME. Because I don't want to get in to any trouble like this link.
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How to prevent the dimming of my desktop picture when enabling icons on desktop?

I have recently noticed that when having the Icons on desktop feature enabled in gnome-tweak-tool: That my desktop image is slightly darker than it is when the feature is disabled, and I have ...
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Remove KDE and switch to CLI

I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 on my server this morning, I thought it would be cool to run a GUI. Though it occupies too much memory for my liking. How can I revert back to CLI, permanently? And ...
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How to move to KDE? [duplicate]

i use Ubuntu 12.04 with GNOME as default desktop environment. How to remove GNOME and install KDE as desktop environment ?
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What is the lightest KDE I can use on Ubuntu?

Default KDE is not running good on my PC and it's too slow. I switched to Unity-2D and it's better. Wanted to ask if there is a more simple, lighter KDE that would work better on my PC.
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Loading extension GLX : screen freezes

I installed Ubuntu Server edition 12.10 on a server (with 16 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk). The installation was successful, after which I tried installing GUI using the below command sudo apt-get ...
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How to find out the name desktop manager package running on my ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Determine what window manager or desktop is running? I had an issue with my mouse pointer (touchpad) getting stuck frequently. In order to report that as a bug, I wanted ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Unable to resize mouse pointer

I come to you for a help figuring out hot to resize a mouse pointer on the OS for a disabled family member who is unable to see very well. The OS: 64-but Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop It's a default ...
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Installing Ubuntu Desktop on Windows 7 [duplicate]

I can't seem to install Ubuntu Desktop on my Windows 7 PC. Once it was done downloading Cyberlink Power2Go opened up and told me that "No burner is currently available or you don't have rights to ...
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Running two sessions of Cinnamon

maybe this is a stupid question, but is it possible to run two sessions of a desktop envoirement at the same time (preferrably Cinnamon) and be able to switch between them like you can switch between ...
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Basic Ubuntu installation with non-Unity desktop?

I'm currently attempting to set up an Ubuntu VM for development. All I need is the core OS with a gui, a file manager, web browser and text editor. I'd then be installing tools like git, a JDK and ...
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Error after log in, Desktop gone (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)

It's the second time I boot Ubuntu and after logging in my session I get this error message : The name org.gtk.vfs.Daemon was not provided by any.service files Screenshot (in French) I can't ...