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Old 03-10-2005, 07:32 AM   #1
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: berlin
Distribution: Redhat 9, Fedora 3
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how do I get KDE to come up in fedora 3 from the terminal window?

So, I just spent 20 minutes installing Fedora 3 on vmware.
I choose "server setup" and checked "KDE" as one of the
pieces of software that I wanted to install.

However, upon booting up for the first time, I see only:

- a blue background
- a terminal window
- a little "xclock"

So, how do I get into KDE?

- I tried "init 3" but it just returned the prompt.
- I tried "init 5" and it said:

Starting pcmcia: OK
Starting irqbalance: OK
STarting lm_sensors: OK
Starting automount:No Mountpints Defined OK
STarting anacron: OK

but at that point it just hangs.

How can I run KDE from here?

Old 03-10-2005, 09:17 AM   #2
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Southampton, England
Distribution: Laptop:Gentoo-i686-2.6.9-r9 Desktop:Slackware10 2.4.26
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during the install process you probably chose to use a different WM/desktop as defualt. take a look in /etc/X11/xinit, if you're luck you should find a file called xinitrc.kde(or something similar) either rename it to xinitrc or save it to /home/[username]/.xinitrc(or is it /home/[username/.kde/xinitrc?).
Old 03-10-2005, 09:27 AM   #3
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hmm, here is what I have:


xinitrc.d (directory)

nothing about kde.

Is there somewhere else I could look for a file with a .kde extension?

Old 03-10-2005, 10:08 AM   #4
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: Santiago, Chile
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I think that Fedora provides a program to change your WM. I'm not sure of the name, as i'm not a Fedora user, but it's something like switchdesk (maybe switch-desk or switch-desktop). If you installed KDE then this program should allow you to migrate.

Another thing. When do you put your user name and password? Is it in a desktop manager (GUI) or in a console and then you run X? Because if you are using kdm, it allows you to choose which kind of session you want.
Old 03-10-2005, 10:20 AM   #5
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Excellent, that was it.
There was an option "session" when you log in which
led to a choice of "system X startup" or something and "KDE".
so now I'm in.



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