Linux Gnome and KDE

I have installed Ubuntu Desktop , I am not sure if it is KDE or Gnome, how can I tell the difference. if it is Gnome, can someone paste a screenshot of KDE?


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jskfanAsked:
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skullnobrainsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
most desktop will have a main menu containing something like "about" or "about this computer" that will (likely again) give some information regarding what you are currently running

"wmctrl -m" will tell you about the window manager

you should understand that it is quite normal as a whole.

these desktops are really many separate graphic components that are started when you open your session and a few "services" that will usually be launched on startup but can also be automagically launched when they are needed.

it is totally feasible to let gnome's nautilus handle your desktop, and run kde's pager, kxfce's menubar and lxde's tray for example

apparently you are running a recent ubuntu using unity. this means your desktop is managed by nautilus (gnome), your tray is the regular tray of gnome3, the dock is an unity-specific addon, your window manager is probably compiz (which is a window manager that does not belong to any specific desktop environment), you do not run a pager, and your display manager (the one that prompts for credentials and starts the session) should be lxdm (from the lxde desktop)

most of the above component rely on gtk which is a graphic library from the gnome project

most distributions do not tend to pick components all over the place but many desktops use components of other desktops at least in their early stages
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Spyder2010Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I don't have a screenshot of KDE handy, but if you open a console, you can check the version of KDE and/or GNOME that is running by using the following commands:

gnome-shell --version

kded4 --version
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Spyder2010Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You could also try the command:

echo $DESKTOP_SESSION

this may tell you. I've also seen a lot of posts saying just look at the list of applications you have available to you... if you're running KDE, a lot of the apps will start with 'K'. If you're running GNOME, a log of the apps will start with 'G'.

This post has screenshots of both GNOME and KDE desktops for reference:
http://superuser.com/questions/96151/how-do-i-check-whether-i-am-using-kde-or-gnome
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Seth SimmonsConnect With a Mentor Sr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
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skullnobrainsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you can install gnome by searching "gnome fallback" in the applications list and kde by searching "kde desktop". if you do so, you'll be able to choose the desktop you want to use when you login. your application preferences will be kept. ubuntu hides the list of available desktops in the small ^ - shaped button on the top-right of the login screen.

you'll also easily find screenshots of every available desktop by searching for images in google. xfce and lxde are also pretty usable for newbies

btw unity actually uses gnome3 as it's basis. it is basically a customised gnome 3 without the regular menus and with an additional program that handles the dock. there is a program names "classic menu indicator" that will add a regular menu available through an icon in the tray. you can use kde apps in gnome and the reverse seemlessly and even configure each of them to use the others by default
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
it Could be Unity is installed…
but what command should I type to get the version installed?
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Seth SimmonsConnect With a Mentor Sr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
unity --version

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skullnobrainsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
or you can use

dpkg -l unity

Open in new window


this will work for any software on the system

note : given the screenshot, you definitively have unity installed and running. it is not a possibilty.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
so there is no way to tell if a desktop is Gnome, KDE or Unity, unless you have used them or looked them up on internet ?
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
thank you Guys!
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