Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 08-16-2003, 10:02 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2003
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
need Help just installed Red Hat Linux 9 for the first time today...

ok this is the first time i have ever tried the linux operating system. I have it on a partition along with windows xp. my question is I am hearing all this talk about kde and gnome. How do i get into kde or Gnome on red hat linux? I have gotten into kde on mandrake 9 before i just typed in my user name and password in the dos like login screen then i typed in kde and it brought it up. but in red hat 9 it comes up a login screen and i dont have an option to get into kde or gnome or sawfish (?) can someone help me out here please. really appreciate it
thanks in advance!
Old 08-16-2003, 10:15 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Calif, USA
Distribution: PCLINUXOS
Posts: 2,918

Rep: Reputation: 103Reputation: 103
I believe that Red Hat defaults to Gnome, KDE may not even be installed.
Is your login screen the text login or the GUI login?
If it is the text, typing 'startx' (after logging in) will start the GUI unless it needs to be configured.
If it is the GUI login it will take you to the default desktop (after log in).
Old 08-16-2003, 10:22 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2003
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
yeah its GUI login....i want to install kde can i go somewhere and download it? and is there a place where i can download different themes for red hat??
Old 08-16-2003, 10:28 PM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Feb 2001
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Distribution: RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, SUSE
Posts: 1,403

Rep: Reputation: 46
The KDE packages are on your RedHat 9 CDs.
In the menu, go to System Settings and click on Add/Remove Applications.

You can set the default desktop by editing /etc/sysconfig/desktop

Last edited by Mathieu; 08-16-2003 at 10:31 PM.
Old 08-16-2003, 10:37 PM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2003
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
thanks i got it.
Old 08-25-2003, 04:51 AM   #6
LQ Newbie
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Milan, Italy
Distribution: RedHat 9
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Originally posted by 2damncommon
If it is the text, typing 'startx' (after logging in) will start the GUI unless it needs to be configured.
Hi guys, I'm an italian professional *Windows* IT Consultant switching to Linux

I installed RedHat 9 yesterday in a VirtualMachine by VMWare... just in order to take a little confidence with the penguin before throwing Windows out thru the window...

I finally came into configuring VMware SVGA video & mouse driver in RH9... SUCCESS: "oh, happy daaAAaayyyy!" .

My (actual) problem: everytime i quit from my GUI (Gnome) to the prompt... i can't restart the GUI!

Typing "startx", as suggested above, takes me to a black screen with a white small "X" in the middle. There's no other activity, everytihing's hanged on. I suppose that's a sort of Xserver's splash screen, but Gnome doesn't start... I have to restart my VirtualMachine in order to re-login to the GUI.

Question: If I'm in the prompt, how can I start Gnome GUI?

Thanks to everyone, I'm happy to be here!


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
any software cann't be installed in red hat linux 9.0 wucheng Linux - Newbie 3 06-28-2005 05:22 AM
just installed linux today need help Idiotnewb Linux - Software 10 02-29-2004 04:20 PM
Red Hat does not plan to release another product in the red hat linux line... Whitehat General 5 11-03-2003 06:33 PM
Installing Red hat Cd packages that werent installed the first time linuxnoub Linux - Newbie 1 10-30-2003 09:54 AM
How can I now which red hat is installed? juanb Linux - Software 1 03-23-2003 03:27 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:52 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration