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Old 09-02-2006, 08:34 PM   #1
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Switch GUI

I am running Debian with GNOME right now. However, I am slightly convinced that I want to change to KDE. Is there an easy method to uninstall GNOME and install KDE without too much hassle. Also - will my currently installed programs be affected (Thunderbird... etc)?

Any advice / help with this would be greatly appreciated. Is it worth the switch? Can this be done easily (and how would I go about doing this)?

Old 09-03-2006, 12:53 AM   #2
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emm... it it not a good idea to uninstall gnome as you might need some of the library files in the future (e.g. gparted)... you can just install kde as usual and it should co-exist fine... after you have installed kde, just log out from your gnome... in the login screen, choose kde and the next time it will automatically change to kde... oh, use kdm instead of gdm as you can use the control center-->sytem administration--> login manager to tweak some kewl options...

Old 09-03-2006, 01:32 AM   #3
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I wouldn't hesitate to uninstall Gnome. Any libraries, etc that you later need will be re-installed with GTK apps you bring back.

# aptitude (or apt-get) remove --purge gnome
# aptitude remove --purge gdm
# aptitude install kde kdm

Just reverse the process when you discover that you really liked Gnome better after all.
Old 09-03-2006, 03:58 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot for your help - I will give that a go.
Old 09-04-2006, 12:16 PM   #5
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Don't use the --purge option until you're sure you will never want to revert -- you'll lose your config files.
Old 09-05-2006, 04:13 AM   #6
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changing gui

you can also change the gui modes by command

switchdesk kde --- from gnome to kde


switchdesk gnome --- from kde to gnome


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