I have a stable 11.1 gnome-based laptop running gnome 2.26. I do have QT 4.5 installed, and KDE runtime 4.3. I really don’t want to break my gnome installation.
I would like to install KDE 4.3 just to experiment. Can I do that without breaking things horribly? Most notably, I want to continue to use GDM. So, I want to be able to log in like I currently do and have nothing be different; or log into KDE.
at the very least i’d advise you to add a new users, and log into KDE4
ONLY as that new user…at least, that way you won’t have personal
settings in your home for both gnome and kde (which i have found
or just make a full system backup prior to installing KDE4, and fall
back to that after you uninstall it (if it mucks up your system)…
Thanks for the responses. Yes, I understood that the purpose of the live CD was to try the desktop, not install it. It was, however, useful to know that it was not an installation tool, as that might have eventually been a prospect came to my mind.
I’ve tried the live CD. It was somewhat uninspiring. Nothing wrong with KDE. In fact, It is so much better than the last time I looked. But the live CD didn’t allow me much experimentation. I couldn’t turn on compositing, for example. For some reason, I couldn’t even connect to my wireless network (although it could see it).
Anyway, if the purpose of the exercise was to see if I could develop a desktop environment that is as/more functional than my gnome desktop, then the live CD was not a very good experiment because I was unable to even get close to what I would need.
The other reading was good. It looks like the preferred method for installing 4.3 is to install 4.2 and upgrade. I can think of at least one minor application in my current setup that would be broken by that - plus all the unknown stuff - so I guess I will let this go for now. Maybe I’ll try KDE when 11.2 goes stable.