I don't know your distro, so I don't know what text editors you may be using.
Basically, use a text editor and open the file /etc/inittab
look for this line:
Make it read:
Save the file. The next time you boot, you will have a console login (A CLUE, Command Line User Environment
) and can use startx to start your x session.
In your user account use a text editor and type something like this in it
# Duron 950 box "uilleann" user fancy .xinitrc file
# Start stuff I want to run when I startx
#Esetroot ~/backgrounds/linux.png &
gkrellm -w &
Change de/wms by commenting out what you don't want and uncommenting things you do. Add selections as you learn them.
In an x term:
[phil@uilleann phil]$ su -
[root@uilleann root]# init 3
You should now have a console login. startx should start fluxbox with glrellm running in the slit and the screensaver daemon loaded.
A gui is nice for running lots of x terms to get to the command line.
Tabs and the slit!