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I installed Fedora version 20 about a month ago, and have been very happy with it. So yesterday I wanted to try LXDE for my desktop. I installed it using this command at the terminal

yum install @lxde-desktop

and it went fine, with no errors.
However, I when I click on system settings, nothing happens. So I did some research and if I understand this correctly, LXDE should have a control center. Which I don't have, so I googled how to install it, and only found Ubuntu instructions.
So my question is, how do you install the control center for LXDE?
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by:farzanj
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Looks like your new desktop is installed, just you need to switch to it

Did you try

switchdesk command

Or you can change /etc/sysconfig/desktop file to make it default

You can try suggestion in this link.  It presents modification of the above file.
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LXDE
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by:JeffBeall
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I switch to LXDE when I log in. There is a gear icon, that when I click on it list the desktops available. That is where I choose LXDE, and it keeps that selection until you choose something different.
Also, I know I'm on LXDE because it looks completely different from Gnome.
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I meant the switchdesk command.

Also, you basically appear to have it.  As a checklist, I have given you the link above to compare your configurations to.
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by:JeffBeall
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the thing is, I can't find anything about the control center at the link you provided.
I get the impression that it isn't installed.
I'm hoping it's the control center that I need, because I don't have things like the sound control panel to adjust the volume.
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by:Darr247
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When you select your username at the logon screen, do more options appear on the task bar?

I can't remember what package I installed to get those extra options, but the other desktops I had installed could be selected from the 'Sessions' picklist at the logon screen, then I would enter my password and logon to the desktop selected there.  I remember those options did not appear until after the username was selected/clicked on, though.

edit: on further investigation, that desktop environment chooser should be installed by default... if you don't see it, try using the groupinstall command with yum.
e.g.
$ su -c 'yum groupinstall lxde'
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by:JeffBeall
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well, the groupinstall thing didn't work, it said something about there was nothing to do. however, i came across something interesting.
So when i am in the gnome environment, i have the sound volume control and pretty much everything works. the problem is it is an older laptop and runs gnome ok, but at times a little sluggish
Then i tried lxde and there is a noticeable increase in performance, but no volume control, UNLESS I log out, then in the login screen there is a volume control! It's not very helpful though since, when i am logged in, i would like to adjust the volume.
in the KDE environment, everything works except the wireless. It shows my saved wireless settings, but for the life of me, i couldn't find a connect button.
I even tried the xfce desktop, but I actually liked the lxde environment better, and the sound issue was the same as lxde.
So for some crazy reason, for lxde the sound adjustment control panel only shows in the login screen. if i could somehow get it in the lxde environment it would be perfect because like i say, it performs great on my laptop, and i even like how it looks.
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by:JeffBeall
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so, no other ideas?
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by:Darr247
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As I asked in http:#a39821750
"When you select your username at the logon screen, do more options appear on the task bar?"
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by:JeffBeall
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sorry, I guess I missed that.
at the login screen, at the top of the screen is the time, then there is an access icon, a sound icon, brightness, battery and power icon. Then the login button.
then once I login, I can't find a sound control panel, or icon.
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When the login screen comes up, you select your username.
i.e. just click on your username...  do not enter your password.
Stop.
Look at the task bar along the bottom of the screen.
Have more options appeared on the task bar?
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by:JeffBeall
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I'm sorry, I got distracted and forgot to try this. I'll try it tonight.
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by:JeffBeall
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"just click on your username...  do not enter your password.
Stop.
Look at the task bar along the bottom of the screen.
Have more options appeared on the task bar? "

no, nothing appears on the task bar on the bottom of the screen
at the top of the screen there is the time, an easy access panel for things like high contrast, zoom, etc,
then next to that is the sound, battery, and power panel
I just had a thought though. I added LXDE after the fact. I will try downloading the ISO for LXDE linux, instead of just the desktop.
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by:JeffBeall
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so it turns out that when I install lxde from the ISO, and not just as software added after installing Fedora, NOW I have the sound control panel.
There's always something though. When I installed Fedora I was able to get my Dell e6400 wireless to work. Now using the exact same way that I setup my wireless in Fedora, I can't seem to get the wireless to work.
But that would be a question for another time.
Thank you for your help.
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