Chapter 3. The KDE Desktop Environment

Introducing KDE

KDE is a graphical desktop environment that allows you to access your Red Hat Linux system and applications using your mouse and keyboard.

This chapter covers the fundamental apsects of using the KDE desktop environment including system navigation, working with files and applications, and customizing the desktop to suit your needs.

If you would like to learn more about KDE, visit the official website at


If you have both KDE and GNOME installed on your system, you can use applications from the other environment. For example, you can use the GNOME email and personal information management suite, Evolution, while you are working in KDE. You can access GNOME applications by clicking the Start Application button (the 'K' icon at the bottom of the screen), then choosing Programs from the menu.