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    Changing between KDE and Gnome


    How do I change from KDE to Gnome and vice versa. I installed both at install when it asked me which packages to install. How do I tell it which one to use?

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    I can't say whether this is universal, but you most likely can logout, then when the login screen is shown you can choose another GUI. Different sytems will place this choice in different areas, but you'll be able to find it

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    when you boot up, you should be presented with either GDM or KDM, which are the graphical login managers for Gnome and KDE.

    When you put your userid and password in, you can select which SESSION you'd like to use (either Gnome or KDE or "raw" X).

    As to which one you're in. Try right clicking on the grey tool bar along the bottom of the screen and selecting "About Gnome" or "About KDE" from the subsequent pop-up menu.

    You'll probably find that KDE is more like windows, while Gnome tends to be slightly less resource hungry.

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    Not sure if it works in all distros (might be only for RH-based ones), but open a shell and type switchdesk.

    If it's support ed in your distro, then you'll be presented with a gui to select between them. Make your selection, logout and then startx again...
    \"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.\"
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    Just to throw out a idea, if you didn't select both desktops at install or install and conf later, you don't have a choice because you only have one.

    You'll need to download which ever one your missing and configure it.

    Hopefully you already have both.
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    /me remembers the not-so-fond memery of compiling both KDE and Gnome....

    pretty big chunks of source *and* long compile time.. i think they both took a day or two to compile..
    Their code will be beautiful, even if their desks are buried in 3 feet of crap. - esr

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    Thats why sometimes binary packages are so great

    If you for some reason don't have "switchdesk" avalible, you can also edit ~/.xinitrc

    For Kde to start up:

    exec startkde

    For Gnome to start up:

    exec gnome-session

    save, close and startx.

    Good luck

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    Hello
    Under slackware u could also use twmconfig just type this in a shell and choose (if u're afraid to modify ur .xinitrc )

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    or just type gnome-session in console.

    Mike

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    Or possibly the /etc/rc.conf file. Edit the XSESSION line to be equal to the DE you want to use.
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