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Old 05-12-2004, 04:52 PM   #1
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How to switch to kde instead of gnome as default. Debian woody

I am quite new ( a few days linux)
But suprise suprise now when i start up i come in a screen Gnome desktop manager where i can log in
This happened after succesfully installed the x system and invoking the command
Now this graphic log in screen comes up imediately after booting

But i would like to havve kde instead of gnome
There is no xwmconfig in debian.

I looked in the rc directories where startups are managed but there are so many directories and there in so many files that i cannot oversee it anymore
Old 05-12-2004, 05:25 PM   #2
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Open a terminal
Login as root
Type the following

dpkg-reconfigure gdm

Select kdm

When you next reboot your computer login manager will be kde.

Old 05-12-2004, 06:36 PM   #3
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About the rc directories:
- all directories contain symlinks to /etc/init.d/
- The default runlevel is 2 in Debian (/etc/rc2.d)
- Symlinks starting with a S are started at that runlevel, symlinks starting with a K are stopped/not started at that runlevel.
- rcS contains essential services that are allways run at boot.
- update-rc.d is used to manipulate the symlinks.

Another usefull tool to look into is update-alternatives. One of it's functions is switching the default for startx.


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