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Old 09-07-2007, 11:38 PM   #1
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unable to start gnome control center

hi every1,
I have RHEL 4 installed. I am unable to locate the gnome-control-center.
I used rpm -qa and it was installed as reported by it.
If I execute gnome-control-center from terminal then it brings up the
preferences window.( Which is different from the control window snapshot
available in the Redhat site documentation page).
Also the preferences window do not have a CApplet to change the window manager - how to try out new window managers ? ? ?
thanks in advance
Old 09-08-2007, 03:09 AM   #2
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From the man page:
gnome-control-center is a front-end to configuration applets (capplets)
       that  lets you configure your GNOME desktop. You may set things such as
       the background, the fonts, or the theme
What do you want it to do that it is not doing?

the preferences window do not have a CApplet to change the window manager
No, I can't see anything to do that either. I have normally changed WM on the fly using the Beryl Manager. However, you would normally just follow the instructions to install and use whatever WM you want to try.
Old 09-08-2007, 04:37 AM   #3
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I am unable to understand if preferences is what they call control center in Gnome DE

hi simon,
Actually I saw a few articles on the net and it says that wm can be
changed through the control center after installing the window manager.
But I am unable to find the control center ! is the preferences window what is known as control center in Gnome ?

Old 09-08-2007, 04:57 AM   #4
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As far as I know, Gnome doesn't have an actual "control center", the thing that you're referring to is basically a program that collects the icons (shortcuts, links, ...) of the actual configuration tools in one window where it's easy to start them. The configuration tools, however, should reside in the system/admin menus by themselves also, so you can launch the preferred configuration from there. Gnome does not have a control center similar to that of KDE, for example, where there is a single program to hold most of the configuration options (Gnome has a window to launch the various configuration tools to configure the specific options).

Having said that, it is possible that RH has their "own" tool to do that. Ubuntu has a "control center" which I don't think is in the Gnome release, but is written by the Ubuntu team. I'm not 100% sure about that but guess RedHat distributions have those RH-only configuration tools that are not found in other distributions. So if there is another control center than that Gnome's default one, which is more like a folder with the config program links inside, it's done by RH in your case and should not be named gnome-control-center, but something more RH-specific.

So, to conclude: no, I haven't seen a wm choosing option either, and Gnome's own "control center" is not a control center in the sense of KDE (it's more like Windows' Control Center, which is also a folder with links to various tools). Never seen anything on the web that says you can switch WM from inside Gnome's configuration tools, but if such a thing is possible, it's most definitely a RedHat-specific solution. So if you've bought RHEL from them (it's not cost-free, isn't it?), you should be free to ask them about this - they know if it's possible.


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