How to Change the Desktop in Solaris 10

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How to Change the Desktop in Solaris 10
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Solaris 10 includes multiple desktop environments. In addition to the more dated CDE, or Common Desktop Environment, Solaris 10 includes the Java Desktop System. The Java Desktop System is a customised version of the open-source GNOME desktop including StarOffice, the Mozilla web browser and e-mail client, and other utilities. Change the desktop environment in Solaris 10 on the login screen.

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  1. 1

    Log out of your current Solaris 10 desktop environment. Click the "Exit" button on the panel if you're using CDE or click the "Java" button at the lower-left corner of your screen and click "Log Out" if you're using Java Desktop System.

  2. 2

    Click the "Options" button on the login screen and click "Sessions."

  3. 3

    Change the desktop environment by clicking an option in the "Sessions" list. Click either "Common Desktop Environment" or "Java Desktop System." Any installed third-party desktop environments also appear in this list.

  4. 4

    Log in to the new desktop environment by typing your username into the "Please Enter Your User Name" box on the Solaris 10 login screen, pressing "Enter," typing your password into the "Password" box and pressing "Enter."

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