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Figure 2-3 shows the desktop that we created after performing the actions in the
previous sections. As discussed in Chapter 7, “Linux client installation” on
page 145, we can create this desktop during the installation process. This
enables more efficient deployment and administration by the desktop system
Figure 2-3 Customized desktop
2.2.2 Configuring the KDE desktop environment using the GUI
This section explains how to configure the KDE desktop environment from the
GUI using the KDE Control Center.
Note: Using chmod on the desktop directory structure does not affect the kicker
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All configuration for the KDE desktop environment is performed using the KDE
Control Center. You invoke this program by using the kicker bar:
“Red Hat Menu” > Select Control Center
Figure 2-4 shows the Control Center with the Appearance & Themes and
Desktop options expanded.
Figure 2-4 KDE Control Center
Appearances and Themes
The menu on the left allows the user to configure all options that pertain to the
appearance and themes used within KDE. To configure the various options, use
the mouse pointer to select the item to personalize on the left side. For example,
if the Screen Saver icon on the left is selected, the user sees the window shown
in Figure 2-5.
Note: When you make changes to the desktop using the GUI, changes are
saved in files in the /home/<user>/.kde/share/config directory. The files that
contain these changes are kdeglobals, kdesktoprc, and kickerrc as discussed
earlier. These files only contain the personalization made for the current
logged on user.
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Figure 2-5 Screen Saver configuration
After you personalize the screen saver and its options, click Apply and exit the
The following options are configurable within the Appearance & Themes option:
Panels (some kicker bar options)
After you make a change to the user’s screen saver, the
/.kde/share/config/kdesktoprc file is created in the user’s KDE directory.
Tip: Viewing the personal files that are created in the.kde/share/config
directory is a good way to learn how to configure the main KDE configuration
files using file manipulation.
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The contents of the file are:
As mentioned earlier, this file is a subset of the main kdesktoprc. It contains only
configuration information that was changed by the user.
The menu on the left also allows the user to configure all options that pertain to
the Desktop used within KDE. To configure the various options, again use the
mouse pointer to select the item to personalize. For example, select the Multiple
Desktops icon on the left. Then you see the window shown in Figure 2-6.
Figure 2-6 Desktops configuration
After you personalize the virtual desktops, you click the Apply button and exit the
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