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Old 11-13-2005, 03:12 AM   #1
kencl
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Question How to make KDE my default on CentOS


Wow, what an active community!

So, how do I make KDE my default desktop? I installed both KDE and GNOME, and GNOME is the default. Right now, I have to click Session and choose KDE before logging in.

The documentation for CentOS is the RedHat documentation, which tells me to use the Desktop Switching Tool. This does not, however, seem to be installed.

My guess is that it's just a change in an /etc/WHATFILENAME.conf or perhaps initd or rc3 (or am I at run level 5 when using an X.org server?).

Anyway, thanks. I'm gonna keep lookn around the site to see if I can find a tutorial on boot configuration.
 
Old 11-13-2005, 04:23 AM   #2
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you can install "switchdesk-gui" for the experience i expect you're after, or edit /etc/sysconfig/desktop. In reality (i believe) this doesn't actually make KDE your default, instead you specifiy a preference fro KDE which means that when your graphical login loads, the preference for KDE means Kdm is loaded instead of Gdm, Kdm using KDE as the default...
 
Old 11-13-2005, 05:45 AM   #3
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Edit /etc/sysconfig/desktop as follows
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DESKTOP="KDE"
DISPLAYMANAGER="KDM"
 
Old 11-13-2005, 11:01 AM   #4
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Thanks to both of you. I'm not afraid to edit config text files so I followed reddazz's instructions. Interestingly enough, there was no DISPLAYMANAGER parameter. Not needed for Gnome?

I sure am glad there's a newbies forum where you don't expect us to know a lot....
 
Old 11-13-2005, 11:18 AM   #5
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you don't need the variable at all. these variables are used by the prefdm script (in /etc/X11/ i think). as i hinted at above, if you set a preference for gnome, you'll get gdm, kde you get kdm, (and i assume gdm for anything else "pretty" and bog standard xdm for all else) That variable is a way to explicitly override it rather than have it possibly change each time you change your preferred desktop. so if you liiked gdm, but kde, you would use that variable to state you want to go against the logic. if you're as bored as i've been, have a skim through the prefdm shell script.
 
  


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