SUSE 9.1 pro ... where is gnome?

Posted on 2004-08-28
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Hi, anyone know how can I get gnome as my default desktop in SUSE 9.1 pro?

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Im not sure of the official details but I have a workaround. Edit /etc/inittab and change the default run level to 3. This means that your system will boot into text mode. Edit or create a file in your home directory named .xinitrc and include the line exec gnome-session.  Edit .bashrc in your home directory and add the line startx to the end of it. Now when you boot you will presented with a textmode login. Login with your username & password and xwindows will start automatically with gnome as the desktop.
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In redhat or fedora all you would have had to do was run switchdesk & select gnome :)

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I tride that but cannot get it up, even running startx gnome wont work.
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What error messages do you get? Are you sure you installed gnome? Gnome does come with the suse distro but kde is the default desktop.
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You need to install the Gnome packages with YaST2. Once you've done that, you can use YaST2 to also change your window manager - or you can do it manually by editing configuration files (which is how I would do it).

If you want to use YaST2, select the "System" section, and then select "/etc/sysconfig Editor".
You need to adjust two settings: The display manager and the window manager.
To change the display manager go to "Desktop" and then select "Display Manager" and then "DISPLAYMANAGER". This is set to "kdm", replace this setting with "gdm".
To change the window manager, go to "Desktop" and then select "Window Manager" and then "DEFAULT_WM" and change it from "kde" to "gnome".

As I said, you can also do this by editing the files /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager and /etc/sysconfig/windowmanager. Just look for DISPLAYMANAGER and DEFAULT_WM and change them accordingly.

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if you open yast then goto add and remove applications this will allow you to install gnome if you
already have gnome install before you login change you session to gnome
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xDamox, isn't this exactly what I said (just with a few more words)?

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