Chapter 6. Using the KDE Desktop

Red Hat Linux provides a choice of two desktop environments: GNOME and KDE. The preceding chapter explains how to configure and use the GNOME desktop environment. This chapter explains how to configure and use the KDE desktop environment and KOffice, KDE’s desktop application suite.

Using KDE

Red Hat Linux initially included only GNOME; however, it now supports both GNOME and KDE. Figure 6-1 shows KDE’s desktop. If your system is configured to use GNOME and you want to launch a KDE session, select “KDE” from the Session menu of the GNOME login screen. Of course, KDE must be installed in order for this to work.

The KDE desktop

Figure 6-1. The KDE desktop

KDE has a main menu icon in its panel, at the lower left of the screen. The icon features a large letter K superimposed on a gear. Clicking the icon reveals a menu that includes a Logout menu item. You can use the Logout menu item to terminate KDE or to switch desktop environments; you must be logged in as root to shut down your system.

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