Originally posted by haldara
my system normally boots into the GUI and starts Gnome automatically.
Do you know of any distro-specific ways to change on Debian-based systems? although
i initially thought that the xinitrc file was sufficiently general.
Yeah, it's quite easy:
To get everything running propperly you should switch to a console
(ALT+CTRL+F1), login as root or do 'su root', as you will have to restart the X stuff.
First get KDM installed, if apt complains get rid of GDM first. (I assume you already now apt-get).
Once KDM is installed you will be prompted to decide which Desktop Manager to use (XDM/KDM/GDM/WDM), choose KDM.
If KDM is already installed yu can reconfigure the desktopm manager preferences issuing:
A dialog will appear where you can choose which Desktop Manager to use.
If you don't get the KDM login you should start kdm explicitly:
/etc/init.d/gdm stop (this shouldn't be there but it sometimes is)