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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED 10) GNOME User Guide
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1.1 Starting SLED

When you start SLED, you are prompted to enter your username and password. This is the username and password you created when you installed SLED. If you did not install SLED, check with your system administrator for the username and password.

The login has three menu items:

  • Login Prompt: Enter your username and password to log in.

  • Session: Specify the desktop to run during your session. If other desktops are installed, they appear in the list.

  • Actions: Perform a system action, such as shut down the computer, reboot the computer, or configure the Login Manager.

1.1.1 What Is a Session?

A session is the period of time from when you log in to when you log out. The login screen offers several login options. For example, you can select the language of your session so that text that appears in the SLED interface is presented in that language.

After your username and password are authenticated, the Session Manager starts. The Session Manager lets you save certain settings for each session. It also lets you save the state of your most recent session and return to that session the next time you log in.

The Session Manager can save and restore the following settings:

  • Appearance and behavior settings, such as fonts, colors, and mouse settings.
  • Applications that you were running. such as a file manager or an OpenOffice.org program.

    HINT:You cannot save and restore applications that Session Manager does not manage. For example, if you start the vi editor from the command line in a terminal window, Session Manager cannot restore your editing session.

For information on configuring session preferences, see Managing Sessions.

1.1.2 Switching Desktops

If you installed both the GNOME and the KDE desktops, use the following instructions to switch desktops.

  1. Click Computer > Logout > OK.

    In KDE, click N > Logout > Logout.

  2. On the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop login screen, click Session.

  3. Select the desktop you want (GNOME or KDE), then click OK.

  4. Type your username, then press Enter.

  5. Type your password, then press Enter.

1.1.3 Locking Your Screen

To lock the screen, you can do either of the following:

  • Click Computer > Lock Screen.
  • If the Lock button is present on a panel, click it.

    To add the Lock button to a panel, right-click the panel and then click Add to Panel > Actions > Lock.

When you lock your screen, the screen saver starts. To lock your screen correctly, you must have a screen saver enabled. To unlock the screen, move your mouse to display the locked screen dialog. Enter your username and password, then press Enter.

For information on configuring your screen saver, see Configuring the Screen Saver.

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