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Fedora Linux by Chris Tyler

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Customizing KDE

Fedora’s KDE defaults are altered from the original upstream developers’ version—even more so than GNOME is modified from its upstream version. For this reason, some die-hard KDE fans don’t like working on a Fedora system.

Like GNOME, KDE can be tweaked, fiddled, and configured to look and work just the way you want.

How Do I Do That?

Most KDE configuration is performed through the KDE Control Center, which is found on the K menu. The Control Center is shown in Figure 2-9.

Tip

If you do not have KDE installed, you can install it; see Lab 5.3, “Using Repositories.”

KDE Control Center

Figure 2-9. KDE Control Center

Along the lefthand side of this window, there is a collapsible menu of configuration categories; each category contains several subcategories, which can be revealed or hidden by clicking on the +/- icon in front of the category name. Each subcategory is handled by a separate configuration module. When you click on a configuration category, the configuration module for that category is shown on the righthand side of the window.

You can also configure some desktop components by right-clicking on them. For example, right-clicking on the desktop and selecting Configure Desktop will bring up a subset of the Control Center options, which is useful for changing the appearance of the desktop.

Unlike GNOME, KDE settings are not usually automatically applied; you must click on the Apply button ...

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