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Re: [tlug] Replacing the WM in Gnome 2.24

On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 12:26:05PM +0900, Curt Sampson wrote:
> On 2009-02-20 21:46 -0500 (Fri), Scott Robbins wrote:
> > On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 11:15:33AM +0900, Curt Sampson wrote:
> > > 
> > > The inability to chose different session managers at login from GDM
> > > was the real killer; it seems that if you've got a Gnome Fedora 10
> > > system, every user of the system must use gnome, and nobody can use KDE.
> > 
> > This one doesn't sound right. 
> I'm not sure that I was clear: are you saying that you can install both
> Gnome and KDE on a single Fedora system, and chose which one you'd like to
> use at login?

Yes, that's what I meant.  I boot into runlevel three and have a little
script to choose which window manager I'll use. 
However, like Ubuntu, at login you should have an option to choose your

> I've not tried that, but I have installed fvwm on my Fedora 10, and,
> unlike Ubuntu, at login I am not given the option to just run my
> .xsession file followed by fvwm, instead of starting gnome-session.

I blush to admit I'm not really familiar with .xsession.  Still, this is
a bit strange.  If you have fvwm installed, it should see it. 

AHH---did you install from an rpm or from source?   That could be the
issue, the rpm probably does something to register with Gnome.  

I can try this over the weekend on an F11 install I have.  I *am* sure
that at least once I installed, taking defaults, (meaning booting into
GDM) and later installed fluxbox.  Afterwards, at login, I was able to
choose fluxbox.  I would think you'd be able to choose fvwm from
available sessions.  If I understand this now, when you click options or
whatever it's called, and go to sessions, fvwm isn't available. 

That is, as I said, somewhat peculiar.   It's getting late here, but
tomorrow, I'll play with that F11 (Rawhide) install that I have and see
if I can duplicate it.  

Quick PS--I know you prefer well trimmed posts, but I really wasn't sure
what to leave out.  

> > ... --but was this the case on more than one installation?
> Well, one consultant working for us went to the trouble of doing a full
> Fedora install onto a USB drive, so he could bring it in and run it on
> one of our machines and have his preferred environment on days when
> he didn't bring in his laptop. I asked him why he just didn't use one
> of our Ubuntu systems, and he said he wanted to use KDE. That rather
> implies he didn't know that on an Ubuntu system you simply install KDE
> and chose that at login instead of Gnome.

Maybe he didn't know that you can do that on Fedora as well.  

Ok, I just booted this F11 into GDM.  It's giving me the options of
default (Gnome) Fluxbox, or KDE.  One other new decision of Fedora's is
that you can no longer do ctl+alt+F1 to get to a console, GDM is on 1,
you have to go to 2.  

So, it shows all window managers that I have available on the system as

Scott Robbins
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