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KDE

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.

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Getting Fedora KDE Desktop Edition

Fedora KDE Desktop Edition is available at Get Fedora section of the official home page.

You can also download default Fedora and follow Installing KDE topic.

Installing KDE

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

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

To install KDE using the command line, execute the following as root:


yum install @kde-desktop

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. There are several ways to make KDE the default desktop - GUI and command line tools and manually editing system configuration file.

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.

Graphical interface

Use your favourite package management tool (yum, kpackagekit) to install switchdesk-gui, run the switchdesk command and select KDE.

To make KDM the default display manager, use your favourite package management tool (yum, kpackagekit) to install system-switch-displaymanager-gnome, run the system-switch-displaymanager command and select KDM.

Command line

Use your favourite package management tool (yum, kpackagekit) to install switchdesk and run the switchdesk kde command.

To make KDM the default display manager, use your favourite package management tool (yum, kpackagekit) to install system-switch-displaymanager and run the system-switch-displaymanager kdm command.

Manual way

Add the following line to /etc/sysconfig/desktop:

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

To make KDM the default display manager, add the following line to /etc/sysconfig/desktop:

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

Communicate

Fedora KDE users and developers are available in #fedora-kde irc channel in freenode for real-time conversations. We also have a Fedora KDE mailing list at

https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/kde

Fedora's KDE SIG

The KDE SIG (Special Interest Group) is a group of Fedora contributors that maintain popular KDE packages, take care of KDE related documentation, artwork and other KDE specific tasks.

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