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Learning Red Hat Linux, Third Edition by Bill McCarty

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Using the KDE Desktop

As explained at the beginning of this chapter, Red Hat Linux initially included only GNOME; however, it now supports both GNOME and KDE. Figure 5-13 shows KDE’s desktop. If your system is configured to use GNOME and you want to launch a KDE session, select KDE from the Session menu of the system login screen. Of course, KDE must be installed in order for this to work.

The KDE desktop

Figure 5-13. The KDE desktop

The KDE Desktop

KDE has a main menu icon in its panel, at the lower left of the screen. The icon is identical to that associated with GNOME’s main menu, a red hat. Clicking the icon reveals a menu that includes a Logout menu item. You can use the Logout menu item to terminate KDE.

Right-clicking the KDE desktop causes a pop-up menu to appear. From this menu, you can create desktop shortcuts and perform a variety of other functions. The desktop includes a variety of icons and folders. The specific icons and folders that appear may vary depending on the software installed on your system and your KDE configuration. The most common icons are described in the following subsections.

Start Here icon

By double-clicking the Start Here icon, you can launch Konqueror, KDE’s file manager, to view a folder that contains several useful icons. Double-clicking any icon in the folder launches a window containing icons that provide access to KDE facilities. You can access the same facilities ...

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