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This is getting overcomplicated at the speed of light. The first two pages have been a discussion about how to install gdm and how to modify xinitrc, neither of these were actually necessary as far as I can tell.
Let's analyze facts.
GDM has been installed all the time.
GDM does let you choose the session. Check the options around. It should be there, somewhere.
xinitrc is used by startx, when you startx from command line. Maybe the GDM option for default session reads it, but I have no idea. Anyway, there's absolutely no sense in using it, because the gnome-session should be available on the GDM menu. Again, check for a button for advanced options or whatever in GDM.
well in the login there an optiions menu. if i click there and go to loging manager or so then i put my root password and it says stuff like default session and gtkrc file and stuff. default session is gnome.desktop so this kinda seems to be right.
yeah it did save btw
i selected the gnome session now but when i log in it says your session only was 10 seconds long if you didnt sign out the software prolly doesnt work right. try the gnome failsafe session. i tried it but there was and error it couldnt find the installed files.?
awww forget it ill just install everything manually. i choose gentoo because its the fastest booting distro. im a graphics designer and need alot of speed. is gentoo the right one for me or what would you say? (pls not strt new thread)
If you just want speed, Gentoo is just like any other linux. Gentoo is all about having complete control and about having an easy way to customize what parts of your sources are compiled, what aren't, and how. Those running Gentoo because of it's legendary speed are just wrong. It's all linux in the end, any other distro with a sane bare bones configuration will run similarly.
If you don't need such degree of fine grained control and you are not specially interested in learning then I see no point in using Gentoo over any other distro.
Don't misunderstand me. I use and love Gentoo, but there's a so called "ricer" sub-culture around Gentoo (a small group, really, most users are saner than that) that really think that just because they use exotic CFLAGS and compile on their own machines the OS will be 400% faster. That's wrong.
Well, if you want Gentoo you can try it the hard way. You will learn a lot.
But before that I advise you to download a few livecds for some mainstream distros (fedora, ubuntu, mandriva, suse... in no particular order). Ubuntu is supposed to be the best for newcomer, but no one can really tell you what distro is better for you. Livecds ease the thing a lot, because you can try lots of distros without having to install them.
About the graphics software, don't worry. You can use whatever program you wish on whatever distro you choose. So that's not a factor.
For your previous posts I see you have very little experience with the basic of linux. Having a distro already installed that works will let you get a bit of experience gradually while you work on important tasks (i.e. your graphics stuff). You can always reserve a partition for Gentoo if you really want to test it. Remember that you can install as many distros as you wish and boot any of them depending on the mood you are in today.
If you want more info on choosing another distro take a look around the newbie forum. There are several posts asking the same question every week. There you might find other opinions and advises on how to proceed.