Sunday, 3 June 2007

KDE installation in Fedora


The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is a powerful desktop environment. It is available in Fedora as an alternative to the GNOME desktop and other window managers.

Installing KDE

You will have the option of installing KDE during the Fedora installation process.

You can also install KDE packages after installation using yum or the package manager of your choice.

To install KDE using yum, execute the following as root:

  • yum groupinstall "KDE (K Desktop Environment)"

Using KDE

During the default login process, you can use the "Session" menu to choose a KDE login instead of a GNOME login. You will be asked if you wish to make KDE your default desktop.

You can make KDE the system-wide default desktop. This is not necessary in order to use KDE, and may affect other users on the system. To make KDE the default desktop environment, add the following line to /etc/sysconfig/desktop:


    If this file already contains a DESKTOP entry, you must replace that entry.

The default display manager on Fedora is GDM - The GNOME Display Manager. You can switch this to KDM - The KDE Display Manager. This has little impact on the end-user experience, and isn't necessary in order to use KDE. To make KDM the default display manager, add the following line to /etc/sysconfig/desktop:


    If this file already contains a DISPLAYMANAGER entry, you must replace that entry.

Fedora's KDE SIG

The KDE SIG (Special Interest Group) is a group of Fedora contributors that maintain popular KDE packages.

KDE Spin

Fedora 7 will merge core and extras and the broader community will have better access to packages. Fedora 7 plans including a KDE spin.

The KDE spin page describes this proposal's advantages and other details.


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