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asked 2016-08-05 07:27:09 -0500

sigurdsk gravatar image

updated 2016-08-05 08:57:10 -0500

Hi! This is actually two questions. The default IDE for Fedora is KDE. Can someone explain how KDE works, in what way it takes control of the GUI and if it is possible to switch between for example KDE and GNOME or if i need to stick with one of them. The other question is: How can i enable the desktop in Fedora so i can place shortcuts to programs, folders etc.. If it is possible. Actually i have a third question regarding the desktop and that is if there are any good desktop programs in Fedora to display memory and cpu usage etc. Please answer as detailed as possible :) I think this raises some important questions for discussion and thought :)

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answered 2016-08-05 09:21:34 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2016-08-05 13:54:35 -0500

As short as possible:

Desktop Environments (DE)

  • If you call Fedora Workstation the default, it comes with Gnome (by default), not KDE.
  • If you use a netinstall image (always advisable IMHO), you can choose from 5+ Desktop Environments (DE) to install.
  • You can install as many DEs as you want in parallel.
  • You select what DE to start, when the Logon Manager (Greeter) GDM pops up. (That's where you put in username and pass). Just click on the little wheel to make your selection

More information here:


  • Gnome 3 does not offer the possibility to junk your desktop with icons and starters.
  • Gnome 2 (today MATE) does though
  • As for KDE, and others... install them and find it out. Try the live images, or install them as virtual machines

  • Memory usage:
    • Gnome: gnome-system-monitor
    • Gnome extensions: System Monitor, and some others...
    • command line: top, htop, powertop, free -h, ....
    • KDE: package KSysGuard, called KDE System Guard
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I installed all DE's. I dont know if this is good practise but i wanted to test them out. I have good space left on my harddrive. Thank you for the reply and have a good weekend :)

sigurdsk gravatar imagesigurdsk ( 2016-08-05 09:56:41 -0500 )edit

Sometimes it messes things up since all your DEs are using probably the same folder (/home/user/) to store their config files. And, it blows up your entire installation, but that may be OK.

Usually, when you just want to test something, an install in a virtual machine is a good thing to do. Check out Boxes, Virt-Manager, or even VirtualBox ( nonfree !).

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-05 10:03:24 -0500 )edit

To be more accurate, each DE uses /home/user/.$DE, plus one or more folders under /home/user/.config precisely so they won't conflict with each other.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-08-05 16:05:12 -0500 )edit

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