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I'm new to Linux (old to AIX), and I've recently started running Linux Red Hat Fedora Core 2 on an Acer Desknote (laptop) and tried the "Gnopermicus" option, just out of curiosity.  (Gnopermicus helps blind people etc, to use Linux, I believe.)  Now, I can't get the system back to how it was before I ran this program, even after rebooting.

If I boot now, it starts Linux, asks for my login (I'm using root), and then brings up a strange version of the desktop, which consists of:
- A gnopermicus window in the top left, with options something like: 1. Startup Menu, 2. Preferences, 3. Default Preferences, 4. Minimise?, 5. Help, 6. About, & Quit.  I can move the mouse to any of these (eg: Quit), and clicking it seems to depress the "Quit" button, but nothing happens after that, and then clicking on other items doesn't even depress them.
- The standard (3) desktop icons.
- A taskbar? down the bottom, which is grey and completely blank (the srart? (excuse the Windows talk) menu isn't even their).
- Nothing else!

I've tried Ctrl-Alt-1, logging on as root, killing gnopermicus, and I think that removed the gnopermicus window from the desktop, but that's all.

I've tried searching the net for info re Gnopermicus, but haven't found anything that has helped, yet.

Any suggestions re how I can get back to normal Linux?

Thanks...tel2.
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Have you tried running "switchdesk kde" or "switchdesk gnome" from the console when you change to a console and log in as root?
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You may have to put gnome & kde in capitals.
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Thanks Owen,

That's a very good start.  When I did:
  Ctrl-Alt-1
and entered:
  switchdesk kde          (or KDE)
then rebooted (by pressing the power button, which seems to shutdown & restart gracefully), it set my default desktop to KDE, and KDE isn't running Gnopernicus (sorry - I said "GnoperMicus" before).  That's pretty good.

However, I'd like to be able to run GNOME, but if I type:
  switchdesk gnome       (or GNOME)
and reboot, it goes back to Gnome? running Gnopernicus.

Any ideas how I can get rid of this Gnopernicus thing from my Gnome desktop?
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You can still run gnome programs while in KDE. Try gconf or gnome-control-center and see if you can change the gnome option for gnopernicus.
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Excuse my Linux ignorance Owen, but could you please explain how to get into gconf and gnome-control-center from KDE.
I tried typing those in from the command prompt, but that didn't work (as you'd probably expect).

Thanks.
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You can run any gnome program under kde as long as you have the gnome libraries installed. The program you should run is
/usr/bin/gnome-control-center
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Sorry for the delay and to bother you again, Owen, but when I go Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get a shell, and type:
  /usr/bin/gnome-control-center
I get the error:
  (gnome-control-center:3503): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

Am I supposed to run it from a different type of window?  If so, how exactly (step by step, please)?
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Please ignore the last comment.  Just worked out that I can run commands from the "Run" menu, just like Windows!

Thanks for your help, Owen.
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