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Old 04-08-2007, 07:14 AM   #1
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KDE Configuration After Installation

Since I am a newbie I am excited to try things out by following the tutorials and stuff. The guides are OK but compared to Windows, Ubuntu gets a little bit complicated for mere mortals like me. In one of the guides that I have seen, it teaches basically how to install KDE, so here is it:

How to install KDE
1. sudo aptitude install kubuntu-desktop
Note: This installation will require ~400MB of disk space
2. So after the first step, I waited for about 2 hours to get things installed and I got this prompt:

So after this prompt, I thought iall was OK or so I wish it was.

3.System -> Quit -> Log Out
4.To log in to KDE click on Sessions and choose KDE
After logging out, nothing happened at all and I did not even see a KDE entry in the sessions. Now, how am I going to configure KDE? Can someone help a totally ignorant person like me? Of course I only mean when it comes to Ubuntu 6.10. Thanks a lot and any help will be appreciated deeply!
Old 04-08-2007, 11:16 AM   #2
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My understanding of what *should* have changed:

When you logged out, you should have seen a different login manager (this would be KDM). If you didn't, maybe a reboot is necessary (depends on the startup script, I think...). If you still don't see a different login manager, then either the install went bad (maybe, but unlikely due to the message you got) or something else needs to be configured before the change actually happens. To see if you do have KDM (KDE Login Manager) installed and working, I suggest the following:

Login normally. Open up a terminal, and using your favorite command line text editor (I'll use nano in my example command) type:
sudo nano /etc/inittab

Provide your root password, and then edit the file. You will be changing it to boot to a command prompt. Yes, it may be scary, but you can easily change it back by just undoing what I am about to tell you to do

Change the line in that from from:
(it might be id:5:initdefault

I said it might be because it depends on the version; that file should describe which runlevel (that number you changed) is a text based login. Choose that one.

Now reboot, login as your user, and then type:
sudo kdm

And see if it comes up. If it does, then your install went well and there is some step that is missing; check your tutorial to see if any additional steps were overlooked.

Good luck!

Old 04-08-2007, 04:46 PM   #3
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Hi. I typed what you told me and this appeared I did not see anything and the cursosr just flashes. Tried the menu at the bottom and nothing happened either.

Should I do something else? Thanks.


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