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Old 05-12-2008, 10:09 PM   #1
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How to Change Desktop Environment in Fedora 9

In Fedora 9, how to change the default display manager and desktop environment? I remember in previous releases, I can do this by putting "DISPLAYMANAGER=KDE" and "DESKTOP=KDE" in /etc/sysconfig/desktop. But there is such file in Fedora 9. I added it and rebooted my box, however no effect at all.

I also found another problem when setting language preference. Before I can do this by putting "LANG=..." in ~/.i18n, but now it doesn't work anymore.

So anyone knows how to deal with these annoying problems? Thanks a lot!
Old 05-13-2008, 09:07 AM   #2
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You can start a different desktop environment from the login screen. Choose the "Session" menu and it'll list the desktops you have.
Old 05-15-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by theriddle View Post
You can start a different desktop environment from the login screen. Choose the "Session" menu and it'll list the desktops you have.
Note, the 'Session' menu doesn't display if a user is already selected, which is what it defaults to (on my install).

You have to click 'Other...' on the logon screen before the 'Session' menu appears.
Old 06-15-2008, 12:10 AM   #4
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yum install switchdesk
Old 06-17-2008, 07:30 PM   #5
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Look in /etc/X11/prefdm
It explains where it's grabbing DISPLAYMANAGER from. Of course we all know this is /etc/sysconfig/desktop but just make sure something is not malformed in that file.
Old 06-23-2008, 05:59 AM   #6
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use the command "switchdesk KDE" OR "switchdesk GNOME".
If switchdesk not found, install it using "yum install switchdesk"

-- Its very easy in Fedora/Red Hat EL


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