Just got a new CentOS 5.3 server, trying to get the GUI started. Figured out the command is startkde (I think it is anyway). The KDE loads, and I see my desktop, but when I open folders they don't show up on the desktop, when I click buttons they don't pop up, etc. However, if I open folders, and on my Mac 'split view' all the open apps, I see the opened folder I picked as one, but when I click on it it just brings KDE back. Am I doing this wrong? Anyone know how to properly get KDE working on a general CentOS 5.3 installation?
edit: Here is a more complete story.
Just got the new CentOS 5.3 server today, as I mentioned. I'm trying to SSH into it from my mac on the same network. SSH is fine, but I want to try out the GUI. I've tried ssh, ssh -X, ssh -Y, ssh -XY, and none of those have allowed startx (just throws errors), or startkde (KDE desktop/gui loads in an x window, but everytime i open a folder or click on the start bar, nothing happens on the kde desktop. HOWEVER, if I scatter my mac applications using f3, i can see separate x windows BEHIND the kde desktop that are the opened folders i click on or the kde start bar. so everything i'm trying to open in kde is opening behind my kde desktop x window.) to function properly. And now I'm stumped as to how to get this thing to let me use the GUI.
edit 2: this also happens with gnome when i try to open folders; they open behind the gnome desktop in a separate x window.