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  1. #1
    joniola NNTP User

    Default Gnome Bug - Switch to KDE?


    Installed 11.1 and shortly afterward, windows under Gnome have been
    missing exit/minimize/maximize buttons. Changed themes with no luck. At
    one point the buttons reappeared during a session, upon reboot they were
    gone again - surely to reappear at random during a session.

    I installed 11.1 on my desktop with KDE4 and found that DE is better
    for my purposes - how can I switch my current Gnome to KDE4 absent a
    login screen or a reinstall? Surely there's an easier way, and yes, I
    have both DE's installed.

    Thanks.


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    freedguy NNTP User

    Default Re: Gnome Bug - Switch to KDE?


    First of all its not a bug in Gnome. It must be some compiz issue.

    Press Alt+F2 and type "metacity --replace". Or if you have set emerald
    as window decorator type "emerald --replace"

    To switch DE's at login click "Session" at the bottom left of login
    screen, choose a DE and login.


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    joniola NNTP User

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    freedguy;1912584 Wrote:
    > First of all its not a bug in Gnome. It must be some compiz issue.
    >
    > Press Alt+F2 and type "metacity --replace". Or if you have set emerald
    > as window decorator type "emerald --replace"
    >
    > To switch DE's at login click "Session" at the bottom left of login
    > screen, choose a DE and login.


    Appreciate the suggestion.

    Did as suggested "metacity -replace", same issue without close/minimize
    buttons, and to doublecheck, I'm not running emerald ("emerald -replace"
    returns an error). I'm reinstalling Compiz as well.

    Also, I am not presented with a login screen, it boots directly into
    Gnome. I'd rather not login, as I'm the only one who uses the laptop.

    Under Control Center, I opened Sessions and there's no KDE4 option -
    package is fully installed.

    I'm also getting another strange boot error - just as it's about to
    load the DE, a box opens "Cannot Update ICEauthority File
    /home/john/ICEauthority.

    I'm starting to think a fresh install might be in order.


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    deano ferrari NNTP User

    Default Re: Gnome Bug - Switch to KDE?


    No need to reinstall. It is quite a good idea to have KDE and Gnome
    installed (just in case one of them gives you troubles). That way you
    can correct things from a graphical environment if necessary. Some
    HOWTOs:

    'Install other DE after installation' (http://tinyurl.com/8zn8sb)

    'KDE Install and Changing Dispay Managers'
    (http://en.opensuse.org/KDE/Install)


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    joniola NNTP User

    Default Re: Gnome Bug - Switch to KDE?


    deano_ferrari;1912670 Wrote:
    > No need to reinstall. It is quite a good idea to have KDE and Gnome
    > installed (just in case one of them gives you troubles). That way you
    > can correct things from a graphical environment if necessary. Some
    > HOWTOs:
    >
    > 'Install other DE after installation' (http://tinyurl.com/8zn8sb)
    >
    > 'KDE Install and Changing Dispay Managers'
    > (http://en.opensuse.org/KDE/Install)


    Thanks, I'll make note of them, but due to other issues with Gnome,
    Compiz, root permissions, ICEauthority, etc., not to mention the sudden
    onset of a "white screen of death" (white screen over Gnome desktop
    AFTER updating Compiz from openSuse 11.1 repository) I'm doing a fresh
    install with KDE4. Fortunately I didn't have much in the way of data on
    the system, so a new install isn't painful.

    After running both Gnome and KDE, KDE4 strikes me as the most
    intuitive, configurable and seemingly, more stable than the latest
    incarnation of Gnome. Being an utter neophyte and all I'm sure I screwed
    something up, so this'll teach me a lesson.

    Thanks again.


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