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I installed Mandrake 9.1 Gnome/KDE today for the first time and was exploring the various applications. A few of them crashed soon as I clicked on their menu bar, a few eg., are Korganizer and Kbattleships(Game) I could never get them to work. Later there were several bomb icons in my user directory ? Can I predict in advance that a program will not work ? How can this be solved ? Thanks.
In Mandrake, you should be able to switch from Gnome to KDE graphically. Just logout of gnome, you'll be prompted with the login (kdm) graphical screen. At the bottom of that you can select which graphical environment to load. It will have a list of all that you have installed from the Mandrake CD (KDE, Gnome, IceWM, blackbox, etc.).
Also, you can use the Mandrake control center to decide which environment to load automatically (or select not to use autologin to be able to select one each time). I'm not in Mandrake right now,so I'm not sure, but I think it is under "boot" (or something similar) in the Mandrake control center.