changing desktop environments (gnome/kde)

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changing desktop environments (gnome/kde)

Postby khanvict » Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:10 am

i've been using the latest community release which, if i'm not mistaken, uses gnome with the xfce window manager. what if i wanted to try kde instead of gnome? can i just install the packages and voila or is it a lot more complicated than that?

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Re: changing desktop environments (gnome/kde)

Postby Tony G » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:30 pm

For what it's worth (probably not much :P ), Gnome, KDE, and XFCE are desktop environments("DEs"), which use the Metacity, KWin, and Xfwm window managers ("WMs"), respectively.

Although one can install another DE or WM in a given distribution/edition, the effect is a lot rougher than trying a distro or edition tailored to a specific DE or WM. Given that most CDs are "live CDs," though, you can try out another distro without changing your installation (or, if you wanted to get real geeky, you could start experimenting with VirtualBox, which allows you to install virtual versions of operating systems within your machine).


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