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Old 12-11-2005, 01:16 PM   #1
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How to change SUSE Linux 10 KDE desktop to Gnome


I just recently installed SUSE Linux 10 into my computer and used the KDE desktop which is very confusing to a computer dummy, such as myself.

Is there a way to change to the Gnome desktop without a reinstallation?

I also just downloaded an Opera Browser and I really like it very much, but I can't get it hooked up to my printer. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
 
Old 12-11-2005, 01:33 PM   #2
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you can go into yast an uninstall kde and install gnome, but for someone not really experienced you might be better off redoing the install with gnome.
 
Old 12-11-2005, 01:51 PM   #3
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Install Gnome (You can keep KDE installed) then do the following to change your display manager from KDM to GDM

After you install the GDM packages, you can change the default display
manager to gdm by doing the following:

open a konsole type:

cat /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager

Verify, towards the top it reads: DISPLAYMANAGER="kdm"

If it does, then open a konqurer window as root:
Kmenu --> System --> File Manager --> File Manager (Super User Mode)
or
By typing su, typing in root password then running konqueror --profile
filemanagement.

and modifying the /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager file and changing the kdm
to gdm

There is also a GUI way to do this using "YaST". Open YaST, put in your
Root password, Click System, click "/etc/sysconfig", Expand Desktop,
Expand DisplayManager and the first option is the one you want to change.
 
Old 12-11-2005, 04:14 PM   #4
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Thank You, EclipseAgent!!

I opened Yast and got to /etc/sysconfig-expand desktop and changed it from kdm to gdm and restarted my computer but the kde desktop reappeared. Woe is me!!
 
Old 12-11-2005, 05:00 PM   #5
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You are right Lostn1slinux,

KDE does not like changes. My Linux 10 treated me like an unwelcome intruder after i tried switching desktops.

I am having my hard drive reformated again this week to get rid of my problems with windows.

Since I know that I already do not like the KDE desktop I will take my chances with Gnome. Thank you very much for your input.
 
Old 12-11-2005, 07:39 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by cousinlucky
You are right Lostn1slinux,

KDE does not like changes. My Linux 10 treated me like an unwelcome intruder after i tried switching desktops.

I am having my hard drive reformated again this week to get rid of my problems with windows.

Since I know that I already do not like the KDE desktop I will take my chances with Gnome. Thank you very much for your input.
Did you Install the Gnome packages from YaST2? Did you try to un-install the KDE packages? You shouldn't have any problems really. I ran a setup with KDE + Gnome together on SuSE 10 without a problem (and I installed KDE first).
 
Old 12-11-2005, 08:57 PM   #7
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I had problems with things I never touched in there EclipseAgent and I still keep getting the KDE desktop. Changing from KDE to Gnome caused the " turn of computer " to only display " log out ". Every start-up requires a user name and password now. I'll be OK come Wednesday when I reinstall SUSE Linux 10.

I really do not know how this system works and I am only getting into all kinds of trouble with it.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 01:54 PM   #8
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let me put it this way my computer has seen more installation time than it has seen time running.of course as it does not contain any nesscary daa that i haven't backed up then i can reformat the rive once or twice a week to try a different distro.

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Old 12-12-2005, 04:01 PM   #9
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Hi EclipseAgent,

Unfortunately for me computering is not easy. Obviously you know a lot more than I do and what is easy for you may well prove impossible for me.

To me KDE is an " All In One " application requiring an operator that knows what it is all about.

KDE is way too much for me to handle right now. Hopefully Gnome is not as complicated.

I wish to thank everyone for their input!!
 
Old 12-15-2005, 03:56 PM   #10
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I got my computer back from the shop yesterday with just the bare bones of Windows XP reformated on my hard drive. " Jay " the computer guy, put it all onto my " C " drive.

I took my computer home and reinstalled SUSE Linux 10 but using the Gnome Desktop instead of KDE.

Happy Days Are Here Again!! Not only is the Gnome desktop less confusing than KDE but I can once again access Mr. Modem's Website.

My Windows XP is on my computer now just for me to use my " Easy Office " program, which I have been using for letters and other paperwork for years.

Someday I will even be able to explore all that is in Gnome and Linux; but for now I am ever so grateful to be compatible with my computer again.
 
  


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