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jdh313 08-11-2011 09:03 AM

Multiple Desktop Environments Arch Linux
 
Is there anyway I can have 2 or more DEs on one install of Arch Linux. KDE and XFCE for example?
Thank You.

andrewthomas 08-11-2011 09:32 AM

Certainly. You can install as many as you choose.

jdh313 08-11-2011 09:46 AM

So I would just go into pacman like I installed KDE and tell that to install xfce, and it will automatically go side by side. Then in the log in screen I can choose which of the two to load like I did in openSUSE?
Sorry, I am still a newer linux user.

MTK358 08-11-2011 10:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdh313 (Post 4439677)
So I would just go into pacman like I installed KDE and tell that to install xfce, and it will automatically go side by side.

Yes. They are completely separate programs.

Having multiple desktops installed at the same time is no different than, for example, having multiple web browsers installed at the same time.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdh313 (Post 4439677)
Then in the log in screen I can choose which of the two to load like I did in openSUSE?

If you installed a login manager, then yes.

If you start X from the command line, then different desktops have different commands to start them. KDE has "startkde", and Xfce has "startxfce4". If you prefer to just use "startx", you can add one of the desktop start commands to your .xinitrc.

andrewthomas 08-11-2011 10:26 AM

Yes.

Code:

pacman -S xfce4
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xfce

jdh313 08-11-2011 10:27 AM

Thank You for all of the help.


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