My core question is: How do I boot with one or more window managers installed, BUT not start any of them automatically?
I've read discussions about /etc/inittab and setting the run level, but it's not clear to me what the Debian run levels below (documented in inittab) have to do with a window manager:
- 0 is halt
- 1 is single-user
- 2-5 are multi-user
- 6 is reboot
Something I read about Red Hat indicated there was a particular run level that was associated specifically with X11.
Anyway, mine (Debian Sarge) was 2 when I checked initially and I changed it to 1, but then it seemed like I could only login as root.
Bottom line is: I'd like to boot linux into a non-window manager environment, logging in as whoever I'd like to be, then start whichever window manager I want to use (because I have disk-space to spare at the moment...
Thanks ahead of time for any answers/suggestions.