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Old 12-05-2011, 06:30 AM   #1
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Question Changing Desktop Environment from XFCE to KDE

When I installed Slackware, I chose the default desktop as XFCE. Now when I login to Slackware and type 'startx', it brings up an XFCE environment without any desktop manager.

I installed the KDE packages and when I type 'startkde' from the bash shell outside of XFCE, there is an error with the X display. However, when I type 'startkde' from terminal inside XFCE, the loading screen for KDE appears and then after a moment, both panels are running simultaneously.

How can I choose which session I want to use from Slackware? Ideally, I'd have 'startxfce' and 'startkde' at my disposal. Also, I never knew about tabbed window (tbw) until I installed Slack and I'm curious about it.

My big question is how can I choose my session. Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:42 AM   #2
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try to run 'xwmconfig' from terminal and choose the default window manager. no need to run as 'su'.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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If you type
james@home:~$ ls /etc/X11/xinit/
README.Xmodmap     xinitrc.fluxbox*  xinitrc.twm*
xinitrc@           xinitrc.fvwm2*    xinitrc.wmaker*
xinitrc.blackbox*  xinitrc.kde*      xinitrc.xfce@
you will get a list of environments you can start with. To choose any one of them from a command prompt without X already running (runlevel 3) simply type, for example,:
startx /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.xfce, above, is correct about how to change the default window manager/desktop environment for a single user.

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