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    Question openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    I've always preferred KDE with Linux distros, until I put linux on my laptop, and began to question that choice.

    After trying a handful of linux distros, I'm now trying out openSUSE.

    My main question is this: the installer gives you <i>options</i> for your "Desktop selection" between Gnome, KDE4, and KDE 3.5.

    I want to install all 3, and maybe even XFCE, too. I want to play around and explore.

    I downloaded the DVD versus the CD, thinking it would let me do this. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a choice.

    I'm sure I can install the others using the package manager, but which packages do I need to have everything the installer would have added?

    Thanks!

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    houghi NNTP User

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    Trauts wrote:
    >
    > I've always preferred KDE with Linux distros, until I put linux on my
    > laptop, and began to question that choice.
    >
    > After trying a handful of linux distros, I'm now trying out openSUSE.
    >
    > My main question is this: the installer gives you <i>options</i> for
    > your "Desktop selection" between Gnome, KDE4, and KDE 3.5.
    >
    > I want to install all 3, and maybe even XFCE, too. I want to play
    > around and explore.
    >
    > I downloaded the DVD versus the CD, thinking it would let me do this.
    > Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a choice.
    >
    > I'm sure I can install the others using the package manager, but which
    > packages do I need to have everything the installer would have added?


    Install first one and after the instalation you add the other two (or
    more if you so desire) with YaST.
    You can also select this during the instalation a few steps further
    where you can select the software you want to intsall.

    It is not possible to do this during the selection. The reason (I asume)
    is that it would make things way too complicated.

    houghi
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    This was written under the influence of the following:
    | Artist : Carlos Gardel
    | Song : Alicia
    | Album : Various

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    During the Desktopselection you can only choose 1 Desktop because you choose your default one. If you want to install more then one then chosse the one with which you will work most of the time.
    Then proceed and when you have your installation Overview you click on Software and add the Patterns for the other DE's .

    You have 2 patterns each for GNOME,KDE3 and KDE4 (Base System and Desktop Environment) and one pattern for XFCE. Just activate them and the will be installed.

    The same you can do after the installation under YaST --> Softwaremanagment and then select Patterns from the filter. (at least in the QT version (KDE))

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    Thanks for the response!

    Figured this out on my own, not realizing the package manager was pretty good =)

    During the install, there's a screen where it asks you to review setup parameters and asks you if you want to make any choices.

    You can override the packages there, and there are big groups for KDE3/4/Gnome "Desktop Environment" and "Base System"... making it quite painless!

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    Quote Originally Posted by houghi View Post
    Trauts wrote:
    >
    > I've always preferred KDE with Linux distros, until I put linux on my
    > laptop, and began to question that choice.
    >
    > After trying a handful of linux distros, I'm now trying out openSUSE.
    >
    > My main question is this: the installer gives you <i>options</i> for
    > your "Desktop selection" between Gnome, KDE4, and KDE 3.5.
    >
    > I want to install all 3, and maybe even XFCE, too. I want to play
    > around and explore.
    >
    > I downloaded the DVD versus the CD, thinking it would let me do this.
    > Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a choice.
    >
    > I'm sure I can install the others using the package manager, but which
    > packages do I need to have everything the installer would have added?


    Install first one and after the instalation you add the other two (or
    more if you so desire) with YaST.
    You can also select this during the instalation a few steps further
    where you can select the software you want to intsall.

    It is not possible to do this during the selection. The reason (I asume)
    is that it would make things way too complicated.

    houghi
    --
    This was written under the influence of the following:
    | Artist : Carlos Gardel
    | Song : Alicia
    | Album : Various


    You can certainly do it that way, but why when it can be done at the time of install.

    At this screen you can click on software, which most of you know. What you may not know is, that down in the lower left hand corner is a button that says "Details" after clicking Software. See this screenshot;

    You can add more patterns from here, or change it to Package groups, or however you wish to view it. I frequently do this since I like to install everything.

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    Moved thread to Pre-Release/Beta

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    houghi NNTP User

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    linux learner wrote:
    > houghi;1815598 Wrote:
    >> You can also select this during the instalation a few steps further
    >> where you can select the software you want to intsall.

    <snip>
    > You can certainly do it that way, but why when it can be done at the
    > time of install.
    >
    > At this screen [image:
    > http://files.opensuse.org/opensuse/e...install15.png]
    > you can click on software, which most of you know. What you may not
    > know is, that down in the lower left hand corner is a button that says
    > "Details" after clicking Software. See this screenshot; [image:
    > http://files.opensuse.org/opensuse/e...install16.png]


    This was what I was refering to.

    For a new user to openSUSE first installing and then doing the changes
    instead of doing the changes and then installing might give less
    frustration, because the person then already has a working system.

    People with more openSUSE knowledge will probably know this already and
    might not need to ask it. I also prefer to do the changes in the
    beginning. Makes me feel in charge. ;-)

    houghi
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    This was written under the influence of the following:
    | Artist : Grateful Dead
    | Song : Playing In The Band
    | Album : Dick's Picks

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    Which is in response to this thread openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection - openSUSE Forums

    And this thread is the response to this one confused I am think nttp has some problems...

    Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection - openSUSE Forums

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    All three need merging together.

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    Post Re: openSUSE 11.0 RC & Desktop Selection

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauts View Post
    I've always preferred KDE with Linux distros, until I put linux on my laptop, and began to question that choice.

    After trying a handful of linux distros, I'm now trying out openSUSE.

    My main question is this: the installer gives you <i>options</i> for your "Desktop selection" between Gnome, KDE4, and KDE 3.5.

    I want to install all 3, and maybe even XFCE, too. I want to play around and explore.

    I downloaded the DVD versus the CD, thinking it would let me do this. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a choice.

    I'm sure I can install the others using the package manager, but which packages do I need to have everything the installer would have added?

    Thanks!
    You can install all of them (including both versions of KDE and XFCE); however, like most distributions, there will be a *default* option (however, you can easily change it, as openSuSE itself is desktop-environment-neutral). In my *real machine* session (on a real hard drive), GNOME is my default; however, I have KDE 4 installed also. On my Vista hard drive (in VMWare Workstation 6) I have openSuSE with KDE 4 as the default (with both GNOME and XFCE as options).

    Like you, I usually prefer GNOME as a desktop environment; however, I admit to curiousity about KDE4.

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