Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Ubuntu
User Name
Ubuntu This forum is for the discussion of Ubuntu Linux.


  Search this Thread
Old 04-11-2005, 12:50 PM   #1
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: Oklahoma City
Distribution: Fedora Core
Posts: 128

Rep: Reputation: 15
Switching Desktops ?

I went from mandrake that couldn't seem to keep up on updates and dependency hell. To trying to install Gentoo, HA, HA, only if you have a month of Sundays, to bad to because their repository is awesome and up to date programs, such as america's army, mythtv, unreal 2k4, etc, etc can simply be "emerge" to the system. I wish debian/ubuntu were as up to date. But I can simply download the items from the sites and install them.

It is just easier to apt-get/emerge.

The question I have is that I am used to KDE and want to use KDE. Kubuntu gives me wierd graphical glitches. So I installed ubuntu and everything works, I then downloaded KDE 3.4 now how do I switch to it as my default?

Old 04-11-2005, 01:31 PM   #2
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: utah
Distribution: Slackware 10.0, Gentoo 2006.0
Posts: 289

Rep: Reputation: 30


then just choose which one you want for defualt and restard X.

Old 04-12-2005, 12:21 AM   #3
Ninja Cow
Registered: May 2003
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Distribution: Debian, Slackware, Amigo, Ubuntu
Posts: 221

Rep: Reputation: 30
Originally posted by onelung02


then just choose which one you want for defualt and restard X.


I believe xwmconfig is Slack-specific. That's okay, though, since switching desktop environments without the handy command (xwmconfig) is simple.


The easiest way is to create an .xinitrc file with the command used to start KDE.

nano .xinitrc

In the file, add:

exec startkde

This will work for any DE or WM. My .xinitrc file looks something like this on my Debian box:

exec gnome-session
#exec icewm
#exec xscreensaver & fluxbox
#exec startkde

Notice how I comment-out KDE, IceWM, and Fluxbox. If I ever get the urge to use KDE, IceWM, or Fluxbox, I just uncomment the desired DE/WM. Also, take a look at my xscreensaver & fluxbox line. Notice how I add "xscreensaver &" prior to launching Fluxbox. What I'm doing is loading another process or application prior to launching Fluxbox. You can use this method to load any of your favorite programs when using startx. For example...

exec xchat & gaim & xmms & fluxbox

...will load xchat, gaim, xmms, and finally Fluxbox.

Or, in your case...

exec xchat & gaim & xmms & startkde

...will load xchat, gaim, xmms, and finally KDE.

Good luck.

**Edit** You may need to edit /etc/inittab and set your runlevel to 3, as well as disable gdm. Do this:

nano /etc/inittab

And edit:

# The default runlevel.

Change it to...

# The default runlevel.

Navigate to /etc/rc3.d

Rename S13gdm to something like disabledS13gdm:

mv S13gdm disabledS13gdm

Last edited by Ninja Cow; 04-12-2005 at 12:30 AM.
Old 04-12-2005, 10:18 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2003
Location: Following the white rabbit
Distribution: Slackware64 14.2 Solus
Posts: 2,264

Rep: Reputation: 51
gdm allows you to select your session type at log in and set the default. Just pick it from the session menu.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
KDE switching desktops? Four Linux - Newbie 1 10-09-2005 02:59 AM
switching desktops glimmy Slackware 3 05-15-2005 09:58 PM
switching desktops corbis_demon Linux - General 2 07-19-2004 02:08 AM
switching desktops citrus Linux - General 8 02-19-2004 03:25 PM
Switching Desktops jd300 Linux - Software 1 11-29-2001 01:42 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Ubuntu

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:48 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration