Chapter 2

The KDE Plasma Desktop


check Discovering Plasma’s common features

check Introducing the Main Menu

check Configuring the panel and the desktop

As mentioned in Book 2, Chapter 1, Linux distributions come with one (or both) of two popular graphical user interfaces (GUIs): GNOME (or one or more of its variants) and KDE’s Plasma. When both interfaces are installed, you can switch between the two in a matter of seconds. If you don’t like GNOME, you can use Plasma; if you don’t like Plasma, you can use GNOME.

This chapter explores the major features of Plasma, just as Book 2, Chapter 1 examines GNOME. I strongly encourage you to try both GUIs before you decide which one you’re more comfortable using.

remember You can run Plasma applications under GNOME, and vice versa. Several installation procedures allow you to choose to install whichever of the two interfaces you want to use. Installing only one interface by default allows for quicker, easier setup and installation; you can always go back and install the other interface later.

Each distribution customizes the desktop, so there may ...

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