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asked 2012-09-21 06:18:33 -0600

lesley gravatar image

Hi, recently installed fedora on an old pc to give it a new lease of life. (In truth forced to cos' it originally had winxp installed & due to its age an attempted install of win7 wiped it!!!) have used linuxmint on my old laptop for years without doing much of that geeky command line stuff. Linux mint along with several other distro's failed to install properly, so resorted to fedora - was dubious about doing so (feel it is a distro for those who know what they're doing!). All went well during install but on reboot advised that gnome3 failed and utilising fallback mode. I am guessing this is due to my ancient hardware. Have been using it like this but it is rather annoying as I have two icons of everything in my top bar. Would like to change to a lightweight desktop but need instructions on how to do this - tried enlightenment desktop using macpup and this worked well, can someone guide me through the steps to do this, bearing in mind I'm command line naive!!

Thanks Lesley

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answered 2012-09-21 11:38:12 -0600

davidva gravatar image

updated 2012-09-21 11:44:32 -0600

Hi, you want ease of use. Simple

1) Install for example XFCE:

How to install XFCE?

From a terminal

su -c 'yum -y groupinstall xfce'


select xfce (login)

accept the suggestion of Fedora using the default (is a message that appears when you use xfce first time)

2) Also you can install LXDE

How to install lxde?

su -c 'yum -y groupinstall lxde'


select lxde (login)

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answered 2012-09-21 06:59:23 -0600

gasdim gravatar image

updated 2012-09-21 07:00:54 -0600

There are many spins with fedora 17. Try to download XFCE spin or LXDE from here or you can open a terminal and install XFCE eg with 'yum groupinstall xfce' without quotes as superuser.

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answered 2012-09-21 08:43:48 -0600

Pascal76 gravatar image

First chance is to try to start it in recovery mode - when starting up, hold the arrow keys and choose a boot entry under "Advanced Fedora" when the machine is booting.

Then you might be able to login to the graphical mode.

If you are there then, please give us a note.

Otherwise - try to install F17 with KDE, LXDE or so.

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answered 2012-09-21 10:51:37 -0600

vijayan gravatar image

updated 2012-09-21 10:52:55 -0600

Better go for xfce, than Lxde. since Lxde doesnot have any applications for touchpad clik, sleep mode, brightness control, volume control from key board. You have work for them to function.

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