Questions tagged [desktop-environments]

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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Ubuntu 22.04 - allow drag'n'drop files from Chrome download toolbar to desktop

How can I allow drag'n'drop files from Chrome download toolbar to desktop area: Now I can't do it.
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Ubuntu 22.04 Unity Desktop Environment "Oh no! Something has gone wrong!"

Just installed Unity using "sudo apt install ubuntu-unity-desktop --install-recommends" and when I logged in, I saw this message: Oh no! Something has gone wrong. A problem has occurred and ...
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Desktop enviroment dissapeared (20.04)

Hi guys I'm in desperate need for help. I was using my computer in the morning like normal, shut it down and turned it on like 6 hours later but after booting, it will stay in black screen forever, no ...
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Creating a "Virtual" Display to monitor multiple different displays

I'm working on an installation project that requires me to display visuals across 3 x screens which I am managing via Nvidia X-screen in XCFE (I am running an Nvidia RTX 3090 with 4 display ports). Is ...
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Difference between Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu server with ubuntu-desktop package

I'm using PXE to install Ubuntu 22.04 (and other versions) based on information from https://www.molnar-peter.hu/en/ubuntu-jammy-netinstall-pxe.html and other sources. Basically all information (and ...
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Is there a way to seamlessly switch desktop environments?

I'm using Kubuntu 22 LTS and I'm tired of the KDE desktop environment. I wanna switch to gnome and have the Ubuntu experience. I don't have much data on my hard drive and i have not made a seperate ...
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How to remove Cutefish desktop from Ubuntu

I installed Cutefish Desktop on Ubuntu following the answer to this question : How to install Cutefish Desktop in Ubuntu? I got a strange desktop :( how can I remove Cutefish desktop? Thank you
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prtial upgrade from 18.04 to 20.04 errored

Yesterday i wanted to update my ubuntu from 18.04 to 20.04 but my power gone down in the middle of the upgrade. after that the power came up and i tried to upgrade again and it shows a do partial ...
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Reload environment variables without relogin to desktop

I've found multiple ways to update environment variables to an Ubuntu system with a desktop environment, some common answers are: /etc/environment /etc/profile and /etc/profile.d/*.sh $HOME/.profile $...
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change speed of tab selection

I am wondering if it's possible to change the speed at which selection of buttons, links, etc...moves, when 'tab' is pressed (in many applications) is it system wide? or application dependent? thanks
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Lubuntu desktop doesn't start

I had a running Lubuntu 20.04 in an old laptop. I meant to have partition images of my / and /home with clonezilla. I booted from a clonezilla, which failed at making the image of my / (see below). ...
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Why output of "echo $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP" is empty?

inxi -Sx System: Host: zika.gattaca.net Kernel: 5.13.0-39-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0 Desktop: GNOME 40.5 Distro: Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) Why do the following ...
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Help with finding Ubuntu flavor or desktop shown in screenshot?

Can someone please help me find out which desktop this is? I found it in an answer to this question: What software can I use to view epub documents?
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removed python(3?) and and now desktop won't load [duplicate]

I was having some issues with python on my kubuntu 21.10 (for so reason apt installed it to home rather than usr, which meant it wasn't on the path and I couldn't import any modules I pip installed. ...
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Ubuntu crashes when not logged in (some malfunction of energy saver), no longer ssh connect

Problem: Ubuntu (18, 19, 10, 22, ...) with Gnome GUI crashes if you boot the machine and do not log into the GUI. Precondition: There is a GUI (should not apply to mere server installations) Mostly ...
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Remove GNOME 40 and install GNOME 3X instead? [closed]

I am on ubuntu 21.10 (currently 22.04). and i dont like the UI that gnome 40 has on ubuntu. i personally preferred the look of the previous versions (such as 21.04) as it looked more in place with ...
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Choose desktop environment programmatically

I have a remote machine with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to which I have graphical access via xrdp. This machine has 3 desktop environments installed - Gnome (i.e. standard Ubuntu desktop), KDE Plasma and Xfce. ...
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Safe way to remove DEs

To test and learn I've installed several DEs Plasma, Ubuntu Gnome etc. Other times, after removing one of them, many packages disappear and the remaining DEs are left almost unusable. Is there a safe ...
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I am stuck in XFCE with no option to change to GNOME [duplicate]

I am usually using Ubuntu 20.04 with Gnome DE. Since my laptop is slow, I wanted so see how it will work with XFCE. In the login screen, I switched to XFCE and it was a terrible experience with very ...
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Completely remove the lubuntu lxqt desktop after installing XFCE and Xubuntu-desktop

So I followed this tutorial and installed Xfce4 and Xubuntu-desktop on my Lubuntu machine. https://itsfoss.com/install-xfce-desktop-xubuntu/ After this I started facing a problem with the lockscreen. ...
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Unity behaving strangely in 20.04 LTS

I've installed ubuntu mini.iso recently without any Desktop, then, i installed my favorite desktop (Unity) lightdm and such, all went normally exept for 2 expecific things: 1- when i have a window ...
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Setting the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 20.04

I have upgraded my Ubuntu 16.04 to 20.04 and have installed Xfce which I'd like to set as the default DE when logging into my system. However, everytime I login with Xfce and logout, Ubuntu forgets ...
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What’s the recommended way of mounting with rclone in on Ubuntu Desktop

I want to configure an encrypted rclone mount on a Linux desktop system for a backup solution (probably PikaBackup installed via Flatpak) that stores on a cloud storage. The storage could be mounted ...
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ubuntu not starting up when installing new desktop environment (budgie)

I have recently installed the budgie desktop environment for ubuntu, I then restarted my device for the changes to take place, and now once I get past the ubuntu loding screen my screen just goes ...
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Poor Desktop Performance on Ubuntu 20.04

About a week ago, I installed 20.04 LTS on my main machine without any issue except that at first boot after installation, the screen went black and I had to do some configuring in GRUB. But right ...
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Which Linux Distros or Desktop Environments deals with unresponsive apps best? [closed]

For a person who needs stable and easy Linux GUI desktop experience, which "Linux Distros"/"Desktop Environments" has the feature to ask user through GUI to close an application if ...
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Major issues with 21.10 (most likely related to sleep mode)

some weeks ago I finally upgraded from 21.04 to 21.10. Mainly because I hoped that I would get rid of an issue that - out of the blue - froze my whole desktop every once in a while. There was no way ...
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Cannot load desktop after logged in Ubuntu 20.04

Can you help me please. My laptop has two graphic cards - Nvidia and Intel. There are three options in the Nvidia X server settings - Nvidia, Intel and on-demand. I'm using Intel by default, but I ...
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Messed up Gnome files, how do I reset them?

I was messing with my gnome to change the classic purple Lock Screen and accidentally changed something in the usr folder that I wasn’t supposed to and I get the “Oh no! Something has gone wrong” ...
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Removable media icons not showing up on main window (with trash, main filesystem, etc) - xfce4

I just installed xubuntu 21.10 on a new machine. I had been running plain Ubuntu with xfce4 installed (and using xfce4 as my display manager etc) previously, 21.04, though on a different (similar) ...
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Switching from a VM: How much “overhead” does the desktop version add versus the server version?

I usually use Ubuntu on VitrualBox machines and use the server distro. I’m considering installing Ubuntu directly to the hardware, but I’m concerned about not having a GUI option at all. With the ...
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add desktop environment to a VirtualBox VM [duplicate]

I am working with a VirtualBox headless virtual machine (Mininet VM running Ubuntu 20.04) and I want to install a desktop environment, is that possible? if so, how?
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Can't install KDE destop on ubuntu 20.04 WSL

I am using Ubuntu 20.04 just installed from Microsoft Store in Windows 11. I ran this command: sudo apt install kde-full After a long time installing, I clicked the sddm option as the tutorial said. ...
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how to move an desktop icon without a mouse

I,m using Ubuntu 18.04 Sometimes my screen resolution gets changed, so few icons are not displayed anymore, because they are "to the right" of the screen. Still I can locate them, move to ...
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Only background and mouse pointer after login Ubuntu 18.04

(Update Dec 8th, 2021: I have found the root cause. Thank you all the same. I am posting the root cause.) Recently I work with a Ubuntu 18.04. One day, after login desktop, there are only background ...
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txt document link on desktop opens with meld when should be gedit

I created a link in ~/Desktop to a file notes.txt - which appears on the desktop (as 'Desktop icons' is enabled in gnome-shell-extensions) I did this by Alt-drag of file from source directory to ~/...
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Almost no item in network config of GUI setting on Ubuntu 18.04

I am new to Ubuntu and I just installed a VMWare VM of Ubuntu 18.04.6. After I installed the GUI, I find there is almost nothing in the network config area of GUI setting so that I cannot config the ...
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Stuck in Cinammon - want to get back to Ubuntu

So I only got out of using Windows maybe three weeks ago - dual booted my laptop - and a friend of mine decided I should try a bunch of things out all at once, so I got Ubuntu (20.04), as well as the ...
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Windows not clearing after closed - Kubuntu 21.10

I'm facing the following problem. Sometimes an application window does not clear and remains stuck in the foreground. In a short time, the entire screen is filled with images of closed applications, ...
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What are the advantages of official flavours of Ubuntu [closed]

What are the advantages of Ubuntu flavours ? So I know they have a different Desktop Environment and a new look But I am not sure, How they differ from installing the desktop on Ubuntu itself? eg:- ...
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How to install Gnome 3.x in Ubuntu 21.10?

So Ubuntu 21.10 comes with Gnome 40 but I am wondering how I might install the older Gnome 3.36 instead? What are the steps necessary to do this?
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Can I use ubuntu only with a WM, without any DE so less resources are used

This guy in the video using gentoo and his system is using only 46mb RAM because he doesn't have any Desktop Environment, he is only using a Window Manager 'DWM'. I have a very old pc with just 2GB ...
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Text/Icons Missing after Unlocking Screen

On Ubuntu 20.04, I sometimes notice that after unlocking screen, text is missing from dialog boxes: and icons missing from the task bar (left hand side, orange dots visible): The clock and mini ...
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Ubuntu server + (lightweight) desktop environment vs full-fat Ubuntu Desktop for raspberrypi4 project?

I am working on a project with my raspberry pi 4 that requires ROS, hence I am using Ubuntu instead of Raspberry OS. I figured it would be better for efficiency and performance to go with Ubuntu ...
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Missing application menus in most installed applications in Xubuntu 20.04 (also with a new desktop user)

For some reason, in most applications in my Xubuntu desktop, there is no main application menu (File, View, etc.). Examples where I see the menu: Notepadqq Terminal Examples where it is absent: ...
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Is there any app that would change my desktop bg automatically every day, like with the picture of the day?

What I want is an app that changes automatically with every days picture, like Wallch or Variety, except these 2 doesn't work. Thank you
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System crashed and won't boot (blinking underscore)

My system crashed and after i rebooted it it loaded in i signed in and desktop worked fine but in 4:3 resolution after i rebooted again it loads into black screen with blinking underscore Specs: Intel ...
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Startup of desktop environment is geting progresively slower over time

I have ubuntu 18.04 installed for >3 years with Xfce desktop environment. Over the last year the startup of desktop environment (i.e. time from log-in before disk finish crunching) became ...
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Resource utilization Headless Server vs. Headless Desktop (20.04)

I use a headless Ubuntu Desktop 20.04.3 system for CPU intensive simulations (Intel 6th Gen Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Intel integrated graphics). Access and programming is all performed via SSH, no ...
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Revert back from xfce to classic ubuntu gnome desktop [duplicate]

I installed xfce desktop inside ubuntu and I wanted to reverted it back to classic ubuntu gnome desktop. I removed and purged xfce but the boot logo of xfce still showing. And the login screen of ...
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