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I need to be able to boot into the command line, instead of booting automatically into the GUI. I have Red Hat 5, Fedora 12, and also a Suse 11 box that I would like to do this in.
In addition, once at the command line, is there any way to change the command line resolution and refresh rate. I know how to do this in the GUI, but would like to view different resolutions/refresh rates at the command line screen as well.
You can do several things to get to a console. You can edit /etc/inittab to set the boot-time runlevel, and then reboot. From X, you can get to a non-graphical console by pressing 'Ctrl-Alt-F1' ... 'Ctrl-Alt-F6', each bringing you to a new console. You can change runlevels at any time by running 'telinit X', where 'X' is the runlevel you wish to enter.