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i've read quite a few postings on how to set KDE or GNOME as the default desktop, but for some reason, gnome keeps on coming up even though I've explicitly set kde everywhere. I'm running debian if that's relevant.
OK so apparently, i was using xdm as my display manager (not sure where that fits in, but whatever),
and when using xdm, you need to edit the ~/.xsession file with the same changes that would normally
go in the .xinitrc.
Originally posted by haldara my system normally boots into the GUI and starts Gnome automatically.
Do you know of any distro-specific ways to change on Debian-based systems? although
i initially thought that the xinitrc file was sufficiently general.
Yeah, it's quite easy:
To get everything running propperly you should switch to a console (ALT+CTRL+F1), login as root or do 'su root', as you will have to restart the X stuff.
First get KDM installed, if apt complains get rid of GDM first. (I assume you already now apt-get).
Once KDM is installed you will be prompted to decide which Desktop Manager to use (XDM/KDM/GDM/WDM), choose KDM.
If KDM is already installed yu can reconfigure the desktopm manager preferences issuing:
A dialog will appear where you can choose which Desktop Manager to use.
If you don't get the KDM login you should start kdm explicitly:
/etc/init.d/gdm stop (this shouldn't be there but it sometimes is)