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Old 11-15-2007, 12:05 PM   #1
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How feasable is desktop switching


Hi, all.

How easy and/or desirable is it to switch desktop environments on the fly?

I selected the Gnome environment during my Fedora Core 7 install, and I'm reasonably content to get to know this environment for now. However, there are a few applications written only for KDE that I'd like to get. Unless there's some relatively easy way to run KDE-specific applications under Gnome, I have to swap over to a different environment if I want these applications.

Can one switch easily between KDE and Gnome on the fly? or am I looking at abandoning my familiar environment permanently?

Phil W.
 
Old 11-15-2007, 12:16 PM   #2
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Hi,

What do you mean for "applications written only for KDE"? Excepting maybe some applets, KDE applications should run fine under GNOME. I use, for example, Kile and Kopete. They need load the KDE libraries to run, but they run under GNOME.

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Old 11-15-2007, 12:19 PM   #3
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What do you mean for "applications written only for KDE"? Excepting maybe some applets, KDE applications should run fine under GNOME. I use, for example, Kile and Kopete. They need load the KDE libraries to run, but they run under GNOME.
So, when an application says it's "written for the KDE environment, what it's telling me is that it needs the KDE libraries, and that's it?

Cool. Thanks.

Phil
 
Old 11-15-2007, 01:15 PM   #4
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when you install any application using the package manager, it will automatically get all the "dependencies"--no matter whether they originated in the Gnome camp, the KDE camp, or some other strange place.
 
Old 11-15-2007, 01:57 PM   #5
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So, when an application says it's "written for the KDE environment, what it's telling me is that it needs the KDE libraries, and that's it?
Yep as has been stated when you install a program using the built in package manager it will install all the needed dependencies.

The first time I installed K3B in Gentoo, I thought it would never finish, I had a base install xserver and fluxbox and that was about it. So I think it just about install all of KDE. Any-who long story short use your package manager to install whatever package your looking for and you should be good to go.
 
Old 11-15-2007, 05:17 PM   #6
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For additional information, the 'Qt' packages are needed for KDE programs, the 'GTK' packages needed for Gnome

(please correct me if I'm wrong; sill waking up!)
 
  


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