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    How to get choice of Desktop environment at start?

    I have 13.04 installed with gnome-fallback

    and writing in the poll thread linked above i thought why not try another one; so have installed Mate and that went fine


    Now my question is how do i pick it at startup [no options are given me at any point]


    I recall having written /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop

    [Desktop Entry]Type=Application
    Name=GNOME Settings Daemon
    Exec=/usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon
    OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity;
    NoDisplay=true
    X-GNOME-Autostart-Phase=Initialization
    X-GNOME-Autostart-Notify=true
    X-GNOME-AutoRestart=true
    X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=gnome-settings-daemon
    so that it would pick gnome-fallback each time automatically; now i see this page here shows how to fix it so Mate is the choice

    thus

    [Desktop Entry]
    Type=Application
    Name=Mate Settings Daemon
    Exec=/usr/bin/mate-settings-daemon
    OnlyShowIn=MATE;
    NoDisplay=true
    X-GNOME-Autostart-Phase=Initialization
    X-GNOME-Autostart-Notify=true
    X-GNOME-AutoRestart=true

    But i do not want fixed Mate; i just want the option to try it out and probably will return to my current setup unless it is amazing


    now fiddling with /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop

    can be a dicey business i am sure

    so please what do i need to write in the file to be given a choice at startup?

    Please only replies from folks who really know about this


    PS if there is another route not with /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop will be glad to hear about that too
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    Re: How to get choice of Desktop environment at start?

    All of the DEs listed in the login screen are listed in /usr/share/xsessions, if that helps.
    Last edited by deadflowr; April 13th, 2013 at 09:39 PM. Reason: Usr not user
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    Re: How to get choice of Desktop environment at start?

    thanx D it yields

    /usr/share/xsessions$ ls
    gnome.desktop gnome-fallback-compiz.desktop gnome-fallback.desktop mate.desktop ubuntu.desktop XBMC.desktop


    so i see what is there but it still looks as if

    /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-settings-daemon.desktop is where the entries have to be modified somehow
    Last edited by shantiq; April 14th, 2013 at 03:24 PM.
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