A linux desktop operating system has various desktop environment variants such as GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, SUGAR etc. Different variants are binded with different .iso that is the bootable images for installation of any one at a time like fedora has default variant as GNOME and different spin variants as KDE, XFCE and LXDE.
What if you have installed one desktop environment and want to try something else? Do you have to reinstall the whole operating system? The answer is no.

Linux has always known for its flexibility in customization and even the source code according to your needs. You can install another desktop environment keeping your personalized desktop as it is on the new variant. So let’s learn how to do this.

Launch any terminal emulator like konsole, terminal etc.

  • Enter into root mode by typing
    su
  • Execute the command
    yum groupinstall option
  • In this case the option can be
    KDE to install KDE desktop environment
    Xfce to install XFCE desktop environment
    GNOME to install GNOME desktop environment
    LXDE to install LXDE dekstop environment
  • Let the execution get completed.
  • Log out or restart your machine.
  • Choose the appropriate desktop environment from the login screen and enjoy!

After a long time we are back and ‘This is How We Do It’. Any questions or queries can be asked in the comments section below.

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