Thursday, May 31, 2012

At Work with Linux: Fedora 17 KDE

I installed a second instance of Fedora 17 this time with the KDE desktop just as I had threatened to do yesterday. Same M.O.: a virtual machine instance using VMware Player 4.0.3 on a RHEL 6.2 host. This time the installation ran without a hitch. Just like Fedora 17 Gnome I had to install from the live desktop ISO then add gcc and kernel-devel. Perl was already a part of the installation.

With the basic tools in place I installed the VMware extensions which allowed for seamless integration of the virtual desktop with the host's desktop. As usual I also added google-chrome-stable to pick up Google Chrome 19.
The KDE 4 desktop is the absolute antithesis of the Gnome 3 desktop, to the point where I wished some of the Gnome 3 austerity would rub off on KDE. But I'd rather have too much than Gnome's too little, so I'm willing to leave well enough alone and be very very careful what I wish for.

As you can see above the desktop framework has plenty of 3D styled effects and eye candy. To counter-balance this I installed the white wallpaper you see in the first screen shot. So far the guts under the desktop environment match what's under the Gnome desktop environment (of course), so it looks like I'll be learning to live with KDE again. I think the rest of the lab crew can learn to love KDE 4 as well.

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