Switch between GNOME & KDE in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

     

As a long time Linux user, I do not prefer graphical user interface (GUI) while I work with Linux. However I find Red Hat development team is giving lot of attention to graphical interface and they have incorporated the new GNOME in Red Hat Enterpise Linux 7. Let me tell you, it looks awesome but you will take sometime to get used it. Of course, people are debating whether it is a good move or bad move by Red Hat!. But I feel that the new GNOME make transition from Windows to RHEL hassle free, moreover, RHEL is used in desktop environment in a large scale.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (Maipo)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 shipped with a new version of GNOME called GNOME 3 (exact version is GNOME 3.8 or later) and GNOME Classic. Red Hat also supports KDE but it is not installed by default. KDE is another GUI which is available in RHEL DVD and you may install KDE if you want. So the three GUI which is available in RHEL 7 is GNOME classic, GNOME and KDE. Today, we will learn how to switch from the GNOME desktop to KDE in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7?

Switch between GNOME and KDE in RHEL 7:

If you have installed both GNOME and KDE on your RHEL 7, then you can switch between them at the time of logon. If you not powered on your machine, turn ON and wait till logon screen appears. Once logon screen appears, click on the User Account to login (If you want to login as root, then you can click on Not Listed? and enter root as the user name, then enter the password).

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Logon Screen

Once you click on Username, enter the Password. Before you click the Sign-in button, click on the Gear icon next to Sign-In button. If you would like to change the GUI to KDE, go ahead and select KDE Plasma Workspace from the list. Then click on Sign In button to login to Red Hat Linux 7.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 KDE Plasma Interface

Once you login, start exploring the new KDE Plasma Workspace in Red Hat Enterprise 7. I am sure you will like it.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 KDE Desktop

If you are in KDE and if wish to go to the new GNOME, then you can log-off your machine and it will take you back to Logon screen. Here you need to select GNOME from the drop-down window. Once you select GNOME, click on Sign In button or Press Enter on keyboard to login to Linux.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 GNOME 3.8 Logon

If it is the fist time you to login to GNOME, then you will receive GNOME initial setup wizard. The wizard will prompt to select your language, Input language, cloud data. Once you select these options, you would be ready to use GNOME for first time.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Gnome initial setup wizard

Great, now you are ready to use the new GNOME. Your brand new GNOME will look similar to this.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 GNOME Desktop

If you would like to launch application in GNOME, click on Activities menu at the top, and the screen would look similar to this. Do you like the new look of GNOME? Or do you wanna start a debate?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 GNOME 3 Dock

If you would like to login to good old GNOME Classic GUI, then you could choose the option at the logon screen. Once you select GNOME Classic, click on Sign In button or press Enter key.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Gnome classic

NOTE:  By default Red Hat Enterprise 7 uses GNOME classic as the GUI.

Once you login, the screen will look similar to this. If you have worked with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, then you would find this desktop very familiar and easy to work with.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Gnome Classic Desktop

I remember using the command switchdesk gnome and switchdesk KDE to switch between KDE and GNOME, but I do not find this command available in my RHEL 7. As per Red Hat support document, I find Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 does not support this command. However, I will search on this and update when I have information about these commands.

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