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I don't know "what" I'm doing wrong, but I "STILL" am unable to switch to Gnome! I've tried al of the above, and double and re double checked to insure I was doing it correctly. I've searched Suse database, and can find no instructions or help on this issue. Can anyone PLEASE point me in the right direction. I just want to be able to load Gnome! How do I do it?
I am using Fedora Core 2. The way I changed mine was opening up /etc/sysconfig/desktop as root and changing DESKTOP="GNOME" to DESKTOP="qwe" where qwe is either GNOME, KDE, WINDOWMAKER, or ICEWM. (They have to be in caps).
You can just change /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients so it always opens either gnome or kde always.
These methods are a little more complicated but it will change the window manager default system-wide.
In KDE Control centre > System Administration > Login Manager.
Make sure you click the "Administrator Mode" Button at the bottom of the window.
Enter your root password in the box that appears.
Click the "Convenience" tab at the top.
Make sure that the "Auto Login" box isn't checked, also the "Autologin after XServer crash" box.
Hit "Apply" and log out.
you SHOULD see the KDM login screen. If you don't then im not sure what the problem is.
If you do , then click on the session button and choose Gnome.
If you don't see KDM, you could try changing your login manager to GDM, but thats a bit fiddly.
If you want to just check that Gnome is at least working, you could open a terminal, type "su" (without the quotes) and enter your root password. Then type "init 3" (again without quotes) this will take you to text mode.
Login, and type "startx gnome" (once more without the quotes)
That should log you into Gnome
I appreciate your reply unfortunately Suse 9.1 doesn't seem to be setup the same. When I went to /etc/sysconfig there is no "desktop" file, however there is a "displaymanager" in which it said you may change the default windowsmanager, so I changed the KDM references to GDM, upon reboot it did change the login screen however still logs into KDE. I had previously changed the .xinitrc file to read "exec gnome-session" for the login I'm using, but to no effect.
Finally when I went to the following directory /etc/X11/ there is no Xclients file only xinitrc and xserverrc, neither of which I care to modify.
I'm stunned that it should be this difficult. Everything else seems so easy in Suse!
you could try editing /etc/sysconfig/windowmanager, near the top of the file :-
# Here you can set the default window manager (kde, fvwm, ...)
# changes here require at least a re-login
try changing the default to Gnome rather than KDE
I cant guarantee that this will work and i take no responsibility if it messes up your installation... its your choice, im guessing it should be ok.
I would STRONGLY suggest that you try switching to init 3 and doing a startx gnome as i described before, to at least verify that Gnome runs ok and you're happy using it.
i would be interested to know if this resolves your problem.
ok, tried changning to gdm as default in windowsmanager, had no affect after complete reboot.
tried going to control center>sys admin>login manager and insured that auto login and auto login after Xcrash were unchecked, logged out, I did get the KDE login screen as usual but there is no "session" option.
opened terminal as root entered init 3, system went to the initial Suse screen and froze..hit Alt F3 to go to another session, logged on as root entered init 3 , then startx gnome would you believe KDE started up! argh!
I would check that you actually have Gnome installed then.
If startx gnome is logging you into KDE and there are no session options in KDM, i would suspect that you have no other windowmanagers installed.
KDE Control Centre>Yast Modules>Software>Install & Remove Software
In the filter at the top, choose selections,
make sure that Gnome & Gnome development boxes are checked.
ok, maybe this is where I've been stupid! at control center>yast>install & remove software, I chose filter "Selections" in the window on the left Gnome is "not" listed. However under filter "Package Groups" System>GUI Gnome is listed, and in the right screen everything is checked except the tamil-gtk2im keyboard layout. Additionally if I use the Search filter and search for Gnome it lists what I assume to be all of the Gnome components.
Also earlier I'd thought I'd confirmed Gnome's installation because Gnome is listed in the /opt directory.
I hope I'm not wasting anyone's time. I am "very" new to this. I apologize in advance.
Thank you all for your patience!