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Old 01-09-2005, 11:15 AM   #1
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One More Noob Question - Default Desktop


...one more thing I forgot. When I installed FC3, I selected KDE instead of Gnome as the desktop to install (sorry, I just *like* KDE better - please, no flames or religious wars!). I am guessing the FC3 installer gets confused if Gnome isn't the installed desktop, because when I boot up, if I just proceed to log in, I get dumped to the default TVM window manager, which is pretty minimal. If I click the "Session" header at the bottom of the log in screen, before entering my password, it will eventually (takes 15 seconds or longer for the dialog to appear!) present me with a selection of session types, and I can chose KDE. Then it will boot to KDE and all is well.

However, it doesn't remember this setting, and next time around, it once again will boot to the system default, which is TVM. How do I make KDE the default, so that I don't have to select it every time? Most other distros I have worked with remember your last selection, and boot to it if you don't specify otherwise. FC3 doesn't seem to. Is there some file I need to edit somewhere to fix this? Thanks!
 
Old 01-09-2005, 06:42 PM   #2
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before you do the following, install the gnome desktop if you havn't already, there is libraries uded by kde as to make more functional with that said........

open a terminal , do su - enter root password
then type this
Code:
gedit /etc/sysconfig/desktop
you'll see DESKTOP="GNOME"

Change to this

DESKTOP ="KDE"
DISPLAYMANAGER="KDE"
This way, you boot directly into KDE and shutdown without switching to the menu (plus ya get that cute dragon).

hope this helps

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Old 01-10-2005, 09:13 AM   #3
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Thanks! Much appreciated.
 
Old 01-12-2005, 02:06 PM   #4
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jlawren7,

This is exactly what I was looking for today. I knew it had to be fairly simple but I couldn't find it in any of my books.

Quote:
you'll see DESKTOP="GNOME"

Change to this

DESKTOP ="KDE"
DISPLAYMANAGER="KDE"
This way, you boot directly into KDE and shutdown
An additional question though. Some of my users often log into my Fedora box through vnc. Are these variables I can add to an xstartup bash script?

For instance, my default desktop/manager is one and a user would like to log in using the other. Or, having several xstartup scripts for vncserver should a user like to switch back and forth for different sessions.

Would that work?

Bucky
 
Old 01-12-2005, 04:31 PM   #5
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So you have 2+ users using the same pc. you being the first and another logging in via vnc. do they have their own accounts? UID, GID etc... if so, you could askthem to which desktop they prefer, and set up accordingly, using the same as you did for yourself. If not,
A. they should have their own UID, (All could belong to same GID)
B. I would just let them work in they desktop environment they prefer.
C. Remove the DISPLAYMANAGER varible so their is no confusion.

Hope this all helps
ttfn
 
Old 01-12-2005, 05:43 PM   #6
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This mostly makes sense to me--a noob. As root, I had changed the default DESKTOP and DISPLAYMANAGER.

Quote:
A. they should have their own UID, (All could belong to same GID)
B. I would just let them work in they desktop environment they prefer.
C. Remove the DISPLAYMANAGER varible so their is no confusion.
Yes, separate UID and GID for users on my server.
Yes, I would like to have them use their prefered environment.
Yes, I'll remove DISPLAYMANAGER variable from /etc/sysconfig/desktop.

The question is, where does each user set their vncserver environment for their personal default? There are plenty of files created in each user directory and I don't see anything that looks like a configuration file other than say .bashrc or .bash_profile.

Would that be the place to put the DESKTOP environment variable?

I am appreciating your assistance un understanding these tidbits.

Bucky
 
Old 01-15-2005, 10:32 AM   #7
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REad this article this can explain it better than i can

http://www.ccs.uky.edu/docs/cluster/env.html
 
  


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