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Re: Switching to KDE (was kde or gnome)



On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 06:54:58PM +0000, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Eric <spamsink <at> scoot.netis.com> writes:
> > installation.  So, you need to log on as root, open up a terminal 
> > window, and say "yum groupinstall "KDE Softwarre Development"" ("yum 
> > groupinstall KDE" may also work but I didn't try that).
> 
> It doesn't make sense to recommend installing "KDE Software Development" to the 
> average user, it's only for developers. Average users should just install the 
> regular KDE group (known as kde-desktop internally):
> yum groupinstall kde-desktop
> 
> > switchdesk is a command-line utility where you log on as yourself, 
> > open up a terminal window, and say "switchdesk KDE".  If you try that 
> > and KDE isn't installed, it will tell you that you need to use "yum 
> > groupinstall "KDE Software Development"" to install KDE.
> > 
> > If switchdesk isn't installed, you have to log on as root and say 
> > "yum install switchdesk" first.
> 
> Note that switchdesk is reported not to work properly with the latest GDM.
> 
> > The other way is, when you click on your userID in the login screen 
> > but before you type in the password, a small pulldown box will appear 
> > at the bottom center of the screen, containing all of the desktops 
> > you have installed.  Click on the arrow and select "KDE" from that 
> > box, and from then on, until you change it, all of your logins will 
> > be to KDE (again, as long as you have KDE installed).
> 
> There's a third option, which I recommend:
> su -
> echo 'DISPLAYMANAGER="KDE"' >/etc/sysconfig/desktop
> echo 'DESKTOP="KDE"' >>/etc/sysconfig/desktop
> 
> In other words, create a file called /etc/sysconfig/desktop with the following 
> contents:
> DISPLAYMANAGER="KDE"
> DESKTOP="KDE"
> 
> That option is permanent and systemwide and it sets not only the default 
> desktop to KDE, but also the display manager to KDM instead of GDM. It's how 
> the KDE live CD is set up.
> 
>         Kevin Kofler

I just created this file and rebooted. After explicitly selecting kde as
the desktop, I logged in to find no panel, no icons on the desktop, and
a Mac-looking border around my sterm. KDE desktop seems to have a lot of
problems right now. I'm running kde 4.1.1 in 32-bit F9.


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