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I recently installed KDE 4.7 on my wife's computer. I did not use the recommended Debian 'install task' method, which emulates the full install-from-.iso process.

Instead I just did:

# apt-get install kde-plasma-workspace plasma*

She uses GNOME, and wanted KDE because apparently you can take advantage of some additional features in kdenlive when you are running it from KDE. And so I opted to keep both WMs going. Unfortunately, I was not prepared for the consequences of installing two WMs on the same machine. In this case, installing KDE rendered the GNOME desktop non-functional, though not GNOME itself, as in this question: Debian GNOME 2.30, desktop does not respond anymore.

Dolphin also made itself the default file manager in GNOME (gdm3), which was a headache. I removed Dolphin, and I have basically removed KDE, but it has not fixed anything of course.

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did u manage to fix this –  Tshepang Jun 10 '12 at 20:37
    
never. i just installed kde from scratch. –  ixtmixilix Jun 12 '12 at 0:52
    
you mean u re-installed Debian? –  Tshepang Jun 12 '12 at 14:37
    
yep. i couldn't find a fix for it. –  ixtmixilix Jun 21 '12 at 1:36
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