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If you are using the command line login and startx, create (if it isn't there already) the file /home/<user>/.xinitrc file and put exec kde in it.
# Duron 950 box "tinwhistle" user fancy .xinitrc file
# Start the stuff I want to run when I startx
# The artwiz-fonts sometimes conflict with your locale settings. To get
# them to work you may have to put the following at the beginning of your
# .xinitrc file
# Set the background for fluxbox
# Esetroot ~/backgrounds/linux.png &
# Start gkrellm and put it in the slit
# gkrellm will run fetchmail every 3 minutes
gkrellm -w &
# Start the keyboard hotkeys
# This will run a screensaver as your background
# /usr/X11R6/lib/xscreensaver/hopalong -root &
# Start the screensaver daemon
xscreensaver -no-splash &
# Finally, I start my window manager
# Fluxbox installed by compiling from source code
# Fluxbox installed by rpm
# exec fluxbox
# exec kde
# exec gnome-session
# Sample .xinitrc entries for starting evilwm
# Merge X resources from ~/.Xdefaults
# [ -f $HOME/.Xdefaults ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xdefaults
# Set the background and root cursor shape
# xsetroot -solid \#400040
# xsetroot -cursor_name top_left_arrow
# Start evilwm - snap to borders within 10 pixels
# /usr/bin/evilwm -snap 10 &
# Transfer control to xclock - killing xclock (with Ctrl+Alt+Escape, say)
# will exit our session
# exec xclock -digital -padding 2 -g -0+0