Im sorry but i didn't understand "that has a "K" on it with a gear it has a small arrow in the top left" where is that and does it have a name ?
it's in the bottom left corner of your screen, where the start menu button is in Windows. It may not have the K and the gear, I've got Red Hat 8.0.9 installed, and it doesn't have the K, I think it's a red hat actually. I'll check on that.
(yes, that's right, I'm in windows but I promise I'll boot into Red Hat now)