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Old 04-06-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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Fedora17 Gnome4 desktop loading instead of xfce Stable system before today

I would have posted this in the FedoraForum but past experience tells me much more likely to get a usable answer from y'all at LinuxQuestions TIA


On reboot Fedora 17 boots into Gnome4 desktop instead of Xfce

Fedora 17 Xfce Spin installed from bootable stick last september. System has been stable up until yesterday afternoon.
Performed reboot and system came up with gnome4 basic desktop instead of my xfce desktop.

Single user with admin privliges
Release 3.8 (forget rest of string)
Grub2 loader
No other operating systems installed

Just prior to problem system-config-network was installed using
$ sudo yum install system-config-network
application opened ok after install
performed several network changes
Problem appears, Assumed as a result of latest install
rebooted into "recovery mode"
as root removed system-config-network using yum
# yum remove system-config-network
Rebooted No change in problem


How do I recover my system as to start in xfce desktop as configured rather than gnome4

Currently online via gnome4. Have original liveUsb used for original install

Thanks in advance for your advice

Last edited by captdavid1949; 04-06-2013 at 09:03 AM. Reason: typing error
Old 04-07-2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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Usually if you log out, then log back in again after choosing a different session at the login screen, it will go back to normal. At the login screen, look for a button that says "Session," or "Session Manager," or something similar, and you should be able to choose to start XFCE again. It will probably ask you if you want to set XFCE as your default session. Click yes, and it will start every time you login.

Often times when a new desktop environment is installed, it thinks it should be the default, and you have to change it back.

Good luck. Don't give up.


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