Eric D. Schabell: Fedora 11 KDE install

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fedora 11 KDE install

Now that I have upgraded my world to Fedora 11 I wanted to take KDE for a spin. The default is Gnome on the desktop, so here is what I had to do to provide the option to use KDE as a desktop:

# install the kde package group.
$ yum install @kde-desktop

# but got some errors that the was a dependency
# to k3b-extras-freeworld package, but Fedora 11 has a higher 
# version on my machine (, so had to skip-broken
# with yum to avoid installing this package.
$ yum --skip-broken instal @kde-desktop

# if you want to default KDE on the machine you can do some or
# all of the following.
$ yum install switchdesk-gui switchdesk

# for gui run the switchdesk command and select KDE.
$ switchdesk

# for cli run with kde option.
$ switchdesk kde 

# for gui to make KDM the default display manager.
$ yum install system-switch-displaymanager-gnome

# for cli to switch to KDM display manager.
$ yum install system-switch-displaymanager

# for gui run the system-switch-displaymanager command and select KDM.
$ system-switch-displaymanager

# for cli run with kdm option.
$ system-switch-displaymanager kdm

Not much to it! ;-)