Linux Essentials – Restart the Desktop Environment without closing any windows

Linux Essentials is a collection of Shell Scripts that restarts the desktop environment, but does not close any windows. It also updates the system.

Running Linux Essentials

Download shell scripts from here  and extract them you can use the following scripts

To use it on kde, just type in your terminal


To use it on Gnome, just type in your terminal


To use it on Xfce, just type in your terminal


There is currently one problem. On Gnome, there might be a lot of windows popping up. This is one solution:

killall nautilus



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5 Responses

  1. Jan says:

    Yeah. Let’s download a undocumented script from an empty website. No wiki-pages, empty forum, no content at all. Oh wait, the forum’s got one entry “test”.

  2. maedox says:

    What a joke.

    It won’t work at all for Ubuntu 11.10, I can tell you that much.

  3. Visitor says:

    I just downloaded these to have a look inside. The KDE related ones are completely useless. Basically all they do is:
    – apt-get update & upgrade
    – kill non kde related stuff
    – kill plasma-desktop
    – run plasma-desktop

    I was hoping to find some advanced wizardry amongst the shady scripts, helas, nothing to see here.

  4. SmugAdmin says:

    I have a Dak Tech computer with Intel Pentium 4,Ubuntu Studio 11.04,and Linux For Creative Humans.I forgot my user account user name and password.I need to know how I can bypass it or get new name and password so I can use my computer.

  5. maedox says:

    Reboot and choose recovery mode.
    passwd username

    Reboot, and done.

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