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How to start a program automatically in Linux desktop

Sometimes you may want to launch a program automatically when you log in to your Linux desktop. Such start-up programs can conduct system-wide configuration (e.g., auto proxy) or user-specific desktop customization (e.g., Conky), at the time you log in to your desktop. Most Linux desktop environments have its own GUI that allows users to configure user-specific auto-start programs or services. This tutorial describes how to start a program automatically in various Linux desktop environments.