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Old 04-20-2004, 02:18 PM   #1
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Kde and gNome

What is Kde and Gnome??? What do they use for?? What are the different in each other? Which one will you recomend??

HOw do i change to Kde or gNome from linux???
Old 04-20-2004, 02:27 PM   #2
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Hmm, I really suggest you reading and
Click on Screenshots there, and you see what they do.

Actually they are called Desktop Environments, meaning they are something like the Windows user interface.

KDE and GNOME run on Linux, so you just install them and launch them (and enjoy, maybe).

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Old 04-20-2004, 02:31 PM   #3
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KDE and GNOME are the so-called "Display managers", you use the to get a graphic view of your linux system. their main differences consists in graphics, GNOME is older than KDE but it's anyway a valid choice. if you want a windows-style display manager i suggest you to choose KDE. however you can type on "kde screenshots" or something similar and get some pictures of that display managers!


Old 04-20-2004, 02:57 PM   #4
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I have lindows now... how do i install kde or gNome in there?
Old 04-20-2004, 03:01 PM   #5
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Lindows should definitely already have one or even both of them installed already...why are you looking to install them again?
Old 04-20-2004, 03:02 PM   #6
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I think it has kde....but i want to try out gnome...that y...... if it allreday has gnome, can u tell me how i can change to that??
Old 04-20-2004, 10:23 PM   #7
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I don't have Linux on my box yet, but was also curious about the desktop environments.

How do you switch between KDE and GNOME?
Can you run them both simultaneously (ie, multi-task)?
Can you have separate programs running in both simultaneously?
Old 04-20-2004, 11:05 PM   #8
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well the answer to your questions depends in a couple things.

What 'logging manager' are you running by default ?

if you are running kdm, then you have there an option to chose the desktop of your choice (there are like 7(?) posible desktop enviroments aviable to linux)

Regardless (since I asume you have no idea what logging manager you are using), you can follow this instructions to jump to kde or gnome:

when you boot your PC, and reach teh logging screen (I assume a graphical interface is installed by default).
press ctrl-alt-F1
logging as 'root'
you should be in the comman line then... type:
~# killall kde
~# killall gde
~# killall xde
(you dont need to type all of the above, only the one acording to the display manager currently running, but since you might not know wich one... just try them all three :P )

WARNING: now is VERY important that you EXIT as root. Very dangerous start the Xserver as root.

once you exited, logging back as your regular user. Then type one of the following:
~$ gdm
~$ kdm
gdm - for Gnome
kdm - for KDE

Disclosure: I am a NEWBIE too !! so if you get a better advice... be my guest !

If you run the kdm by default, you will by given the option to launch ANY desktop envirometn installed in your system at the logging screen.

Last edited by Qucho; 04-20-2004 at 11:08 PM.
Old 04-20-2004, 11:24 PM   #9
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When you start Lindows, you should boot right into KDE by the look of the screenshots. It might also have GNOME installed, but if not you should be able to install through ClickNRun. To switch, you log out and select which one you want to use under 'Session' and then log back in (this is all from memory so it might be wrong). As for running KDE and GNOME simultaneously, bad idea. You can, but then things might get in the way of each other; Nautilus, the GNOME file manager, has a tendency to try to take over when it runs so your desktop might keep changing. You can, however, run KDE apps in GNOME and vice versa as long as both are installed.
Old 04-20-2004, 11:40 PM   #10
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"You can, however, run KDE apps in GNOME and vice versa as long as both are installed."

Aha! That solves my query entirely, then. Thanks.


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