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Old 02-11-2016, 04:09 PM   #1
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desktop confusion in debian 8.3

just installed debian 8.3.

in software install screen I selected both gnome & xfce, thinking I could switch between them.

it later asked which to use for default & I said gnome.

I've since determined the desktop being used is xfce & am unable to find out how to switch between gnome & xfce.

I'm thinking I should be presented with a choice at login but nogo.

maybe I'm confusing desktop & window manager. I'm seeing gnome directories in the file manager & xfce is all over the menus. Any ideas?
Old 02-11-2016, 06:17 PM   #2
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If you're using GDM (default in debian), their's a small (round) icon left from your login area.
Just click on it and select whatever DE or WM you like.
Old 02-11-2016, 08:11 PM   #3
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thank you jens.

its a little tricky but i got it finally. it comes up with only my name & i have to ignore that & click 'not listed' b4 i see the little icon, then i can enter uname & choose desktop & enter pw.


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