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Fedora 18 - KDE Destop
Fedora also offers a KDE (version 4.9.4) distribution. This is not just a KDE desktop built on top of the Gnome distribution, it is a separate distribution built with KDE utilities and applications. Some of the notable differences:
- Konqueror browser (instead of Firefox)
- Calligra Words, Sheet and Stage (instead of LibreOffice)
- Gwenview (instead of Eye of Gnome)
- digiKam (optional, instead of Shotwell)
- Amarok audio player (instead of Rhythmbox)
- Dragon Player (instead of Totem)
Of course, if you prefer Firefox, LibreOffice or whatever, you can still go to the Software Management utility, search and select the version you prefer, and install it on Fedora KDE. There are a variety of other application differences, and of course all of the standard utilities such as the file manager, CD/DVD disk burner are KDE-specific rather than their Gnome equivalents.
Fedora 18 - KDE Netbook Desktop
I can't let a new release with KDE go by without plugging my favorite netbook desktop - KDE netbook.
This is included in the standard KDE distribution, all you have to do is select it in "System Settings/Workspace Behavior". It changes the desktop into the multi-sectioned layout shown above, with a top panel (which auto-hides when an application is started), a quick launch area, a search bar, and an application/utility menu area. It just keeps getting better with every new KDE release.
Before disk and partition selection
This is the initial view of the anaconda installation summary screen.
What is important here is the Storage Installation Destination, click that to select the disks and partitions where Fedora is to be installed. You can also change the timezone and keyboard layout if necessary - but note that changing the keyboard here has no affect on the installation process itself.
If you want to change the keyboard layout for that, you have to use the normal tools - go to the application menu and type Language, then select the Region and Language utility program, and use the Input Sources tab to select a new layout.