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Old 06-04-2004, 01:24 PM   #1
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Are KDE and Gnome necessary WMs?

I got Gnome installed, but I never used it.
I used KDE till now, because it helped me to get accustomed with Linux.
Now I use only Fluxbox, and never KDE or Gnome.
Do I need these WMs installed? Can I safely remove them from my system?
Old 06-04-2004, 01:31 PM   #2
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No they're not necessary, yes you can safely remove them from your system, as long as you're able to take care of dependency problems.
Old 06-04-2004, 01:54 PM   #3
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Oh, thanks for such a quick response.
Maybe, I better live them on the disk. At the moment I can't take care of dependencies.
Old 06-04-2004, 02:01 PM   #4
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You really don't need GNOME or KDE. Their libraries though may be useful to run some programs. If you are using an rpm based distro, when you attempt to remove a program with

rpm -e program_name
it will let you know if their are any conflicts with remaining programs.
Old 06-04-2004, 04:00 PM   #5
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I don't want to hijack the thread but I use Gnome and not KDE, so how can I uninstall KDE, while still being able to use programs like k3b that use the qt library? Keep in mind i'm on slack so no rpms...
Old 06-04-2004, 05:45 PM   #6
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use pkg manager

in KDE go to start->system->kpackage (in slack, but should be same in all) and remove what you dont want. Its very simple, just make sure you have the root password handy. GNOME also has the package manager feature so go into GNOME and del KDE if you want GNOME (and vice versa).


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