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KDE desktop: XDM only and no window manager after upgrade

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 15 SP2
​​​​​SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 15 SP1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 15
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 11 SP4


Desktop environment used is KDE. After upgrade from SLES11 SP4 to SLES15 there is no KDE Login Manager anymore. There is only the XDM login manager and after successful login there is no window manager.


It is recommended to switch to GNOME Desktop Environment or you can use unsupported KDE from Package Hub
  • Switching to GNOME Desktop Environment
    • If not upgraded already enable the gnome_basic pattern during upgrade
    • If already upgraded install the gnome_basic pattern with zypper
      zypper in -t pattern gnome_basic
    • Use community supported KDE Desktop Environment
      • after upgrade enable the Package Hub repository and install kde pattern
        SUSEConnect --list-extensions | grep "PackageHub" | cut -dp -f2- | xargs SUSEConnect -p
        zypper in -t pattern kde
        if there is a conflict with kdesysguard5 choose first solution (vendor change)


    KDE Desktop Environment has not been included into SLES12 and later SLES versions


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    • Document ID:000019702
    • Creation Date: 14-Sep-2020
    • Modified Date:25-Sep-2020
      • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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