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Old 08-11-2011, 10:03 AM   #1
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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?
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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Certainly. You can install as many as you choose.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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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.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 11:25 AM   #4
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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.

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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.

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Old 08-11-2011, 11:26 AM   #5
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Yes.

Code:
pacman -S xfce4
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xfce
 
Old 08-11-2011, 11:27 AM   #6
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Thank You for all of the help.
 
  


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