LinuxQuestions.org
Go Job Hunting at the LQ Job Marketplace
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 08-17-2008, 02:16 AM   #1
jacatone
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 277

Rep: Reputation: 30
How do I switch between Window Managers?


I'm running LinuxMint 4 main which is Ubuntu 7.10, Gutsy Gibbon. I installed Fluxbox and XFCE using Synaptic, but I don't see them anywhere. They don't appear when I boot up. Do I need some kind of WM selector that I've seen in other distros? Thanks.
 
Old 08-17-2008, 02:32 AM   #2
ronlau9
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Location: In front of my LINUX OR MAC BOX
Distribution: Mandriva 2009 X86_64 suse 11.3 X86_64 Centos X86_64 Debian X86_64 Linux MInt 86_64 OS X
Posts: 2,369

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I do not use you,re distro , but in all the distro I use , before log in you choice the one you like tot use
There is option called session type or something like that
 
Old 08-17-2008, 02:35 AM   #3
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728
What you are looking for is the display manager--AKA login manager. The typical ones are GDM, KDM, and XDM. If Linux Mint is like Ubuntu, it will have GDM. When you boot up, the window which appears (asking for your login name and password) should have an option for selecting what kind of session you want.

To verify if a display manager is running (and which one), open a terminal and enter "ps -e|grep dm".
 
Old 08-17-2008, 02:01 PM   #4
jacatone
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Posts: 277

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
Wondered why I wasn't seeing anything. I configure LM4 to bypass the login screen since I'm the only one using the machine. So it would be there?

I've seen in other distros, a manager display in the menu when the computer has fully booted to the desktop. How would I set that up as well? If I decide to just use say Fluxbox, would I have to remove the other WMs to make it the default one?
 
Old 08-17-2008, 03:44 PM   #5
jailbait
Guru
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Debian Jessie
Posts: 7,469

Rep: Reputation: 154Reputation: 154
Quote:
Originally Posted by jacatone View Post

If I decide to just use say Fluxbox, would I have to remove the other WMs to make it the default one?
GDM and KDM allow you to set a window manager as a default without removing the others. They also have an option to log in to the same window manager as you used on the previous login.

-------------------------
Steve Stites
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: Flipping the Linux switch: Desktop environments vs. window managers LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 12-20-2007 09:20 AM
Window Managers vs Window Shell Environments DJOtaku Linux - General 7 08-09-2005 12:43 PM
How do I switch Window Managers ru4life Linux - Newbie 1 07-19-2004 09:02 PM
Window Managers vs. Desktop Managers mikeshn Linux - General 4 02-11-2004 11:31 AM
Switch window managers Wynd Linux - General 7 09-11-2003 11:35 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration