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Old 06-24-2010, 04:41 AM   #1
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Question Installing additional DE - will it cause any problems?


Hi everybody!
I am running Mint 9 with Gnome. And I wanna try some new desktop like Openbox/KDE/Xfce... If I install it on my Mint from repositories and load up, can it cause any issues with my system? Will it change anything in configuration? Etc...

Thanks!
 
Old 06-24-2010, 09:06 AM   #2
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I have maybe close to 10 different DEs and WMs installed. The only thing that might be considered an issue is that the various environments are not consistent about which apps to include in the menus. There's never an issue with any of them working.
 
Old 06-24-2010, 09:25 AM   #3
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And I wanna try some new desktop like Openbox/KDE/Xfce...
Ah, a wanna be

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If I install it on my Mint from repositories and load up, can it cause any issues with my system?
Well, it can, but it shouldn't. If, for example, you try to have kde3 and kde4 installed simultaneously (kde3, slightly dull, stable; kde4, not like kde3) you can run into the problem that some things share the same name. Some distros do the work to put kde4 settings/set up into its own directory, some don't, presumably believing that this will never happen.

I don't know of this happening with anything other than kde3/4.

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Will it change anything in configuration? Etc...
That'll be /etc, obviously
 
Old 06-24-2010, 10:17 AM   #4
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Ah, a wanna be
What do you mean?
 
Old 06-24-2010, 10:38 AM   #5
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'wanna' is not English

But what do I know? I dropped English as a subject at highschool at the first opportunity. My God, I did hate that language.
 
Old 06-24-2010, 11:10 AM   #6
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For your information, I know that "wanna" is not English but an American English. And I do love American English very much! But the subject is not about languages, it's about installing GNU/Linux DEs, isn't it?

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