Chapter 3. Getting Started with the Desktop

In This Chapter

  • Logging in to Linux

  • Getting started with the desktop

  • Choosing KDE, GNOME or Xfce desktops

  • Using the GNOME desktop environment

  • Configuring an Online Desktop

  • Switching desktop environments

  • Using the KDE desktop environment

  • Enabling 3D desktop effects with AIGLX

  • Using the Xfce desktop environment

  • Getting your desktop to work

The desktop is the most personal feature of your computer. The way that icons, menus, panels, and backgrounds are arranged and displayed should make it both easy and pleasant to do your work. With Fedora and RHEL, you have an incredible amount of control over how your desktop behaves and how your desktop is arranged.

From the initial login screen to the desktop background and screensaver, the latest version of Fedora is sporting distinctive looks for GNOME, KDE, and Xfce desktops. GNOME designs feature the new Waves artwork and Nodoka desktop theme. The new KDE 4 desktop included with Fedora 9 offers a classy new Plasma desktop look and feel."For machines with less horsepower, the Xfce desktop can be an excellent choice.

With each desktop environment, you can get a full set of desktop applications, features for launching applications, and tools for configuring preferences.

The basic desktop is provided by the X.Org X server. The X server provides the framework on which GNOME, KDE, and other desktop applications and window managers rely. If you have used the XFree86 X server in other Linux distributions, special features ...

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