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sophmod 10-04-2012 06:50 PM

Different Desktop environments
Hey everyone, just what could possibly be a simple question. Right now im running Hanthana 17 and its on LXDE. Is their anyway i can change the desktop environment to gnome3 or something else without completely reinstalling everything?

Knightron 10-04-2012 07:24 PM

Hey mate, i've never used Hanthana, but i just looked it up and it seems to be based on Fedora, if it uses Fedora repositories, then any command valid for Fedora should be Valid for Hanthana too. This is handy to know because Hanthana is not a major distribution, so you may have trouble finding help for it. Fedora is a major distribution though and finding help for it may be a lot easier, and then the advice can be transferred to Hanthana.

Try the following command.

sudo yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment"

sophmod 10-04-2012 07:29 PM

oh wow thanks, that totally worked, and im embarassed i forgot to look what it was on Fedora because than it would have been 5 times easier. one more thing, would this work by replacing the word "Gnome" with something like Cinnimon or Enlightenment, because ive grown quite fond of those environments rather than the one im on. or would that lead to something to go haywire and my computer blowing up?

Knightron 10-04-2012 07:45 PM

I've had very little experience with Fedora, so i can't speak from experience. You may have many desktop environments installed and it won't blow anything up. If Cinnimon and Enlightenment are available in the repositories, then i can't see why it wouldn't work. Try it, and if it doesn't work, it'll just let you know there's no packages that match the keywords, no harm done. Some distributions require you install gnome before you install Cinnimon though, don't know if fedora is one of them, but just letting you know.
Just ask if you have any more issues.

sophmod 10-04-2012 07:53 PM

Thank you for such fast responses, and just being all around helpful.

sophmod 10-04-2012 08:04 PM

for future reference i used these commands to install cinnamon

i added the cinnamon repositories with this:


curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-cinnamon.repo
after adding it to the repositories, i just typed

yum install cinnamon

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