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Sorry, I don't understand what you are looking for.
The normal way to start any particular desktop is to run xwmconfig and set the desktop you want. Running startx from the startup scripts ( during the boot process ), or as a user if you go to run level 3 on a new install, are the ways I know of.
The thread belongs in Linux General anyway (I just reported it to suggest it be moved there; hope the OP doesn't mind), but these kinds of posts/threads make it regrettable that we can't give reputation to posts in non-NIX General. I've had this question for a long time.
And can "startx start[name]" be used for any desktop, or does "startkde" work only for KDE? Can I boot into IceWM (my other desktop) with "startx starticewm"?
Last edited by newbiesforever; 02-10-2013 at 12:09 AM.
...And can "startx start[name]" be used for any desktop, or does "startkde" work only for KDE? Can I boot into IceWM (my other desktop) with "startx starticewm"?
No, startkde is the name of the script that initrc script is to exec after the X-server is started. Each desktop will have it's own script, but the names have been quite idiosyncratic. Look at the scripts in (on my system) /etc/X11/init/ for details of the procedure, and, of course, the startx script itself. (startx has a man page as well.)