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Old 03-19-2011, 03:08 AM   #1
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How to get a GUI in Arch linux?


I recently moved from ubuntu to arch, upon installing it I realized it was command line based :S

How can I get a GUI and make it look nice?

I tried following this guide, but I dont even know what im doing.


thanks.
 
Old 03-19-2011, 03:23 AM   #2
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try
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startx
 
Old 03-19-2011, 03:54 AM   #3
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I tried following this guide, but I dont even know what im doing.
In which case you'd better be prepared to read. Arch is a very satisfying distro, but you have to do a lot yourself.
That guide only installs X - as it says, you need to decide on and install a window manager or full desktop environment.

The wiki has plenty of articles on doing that as well.
 
Old 03-19-2011, 12:14 PM   #4
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I tried following this guide, but I dont even know what im doing.
This is what you should be reading:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...User_Interface
 
Old 03-19-2011, 01:46 PM   #5
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when I type
Code:
startx
I get this error
http://i53.tinypic.com/qwybnn.jpg
 
Old 03-19-2011, 01:55 PM   #6
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I think you should try Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or Fedora 14. It's a better way to work with Linux. On my laptop, I use Fedora 14. It's not only easy to install and use but also it's stable, high performace.
 
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I think you should try Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or Fedora 14. It's a better way to work with Linux. On my laptop, I use Fedora 14. It's not only easy to install and use but also it's stable, high performace.
Many Linux users (including me) eventually want to tinker with a more customizable OS, and I think this is what the OP wants (he said he switched from Ubuntu).
 
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when I type
Code:
startx
I get this error
http://i53.tinypic.com/qwybnn.jpg
Since it said "Failed to parse config file", I assume the config file is xorg.conf. Try deleteing it or renaming it to something else, and try starting X again.

Xorg will try to automatically configure itself in the absence of a xorg.conf file. It works for me every time unless it's a multi-monitor setup.
 
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when I type
Code:
startx
I get this error
http://i53.tinypic.com/qwybnn.jpg

okay I got X to start, deleted the monitor.conf and fixed an error in the other .conf

Now for the GUI, im installing E17, and I will come back if I have any problems.

thanks!
 
Old 03-19-2011, 02:28 PM   #10
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So I installed the e17 stuff.

I didnt compile it or anything I got it from the first option, I think thats what I am supposed to do.

under "Starting E17"

it says "add or uncomment the following command in xinitrc"

the line would be
Code:
exec enlightenment_start
however I dont know how to get to xinitrc, I tried
Code:
~/.xinitrc
but it says the file or directory doesnt exist.


EDIT: this is the page im using btw https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/E17

what do I do?

Last edited by makuab; 03-19-2011 at 02:29 PM.
 
Old 03-19-2011, 03:38 PM   #11
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but it says the file or directory doesnt exist.
Well, create it!
 
Old 03-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #12
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Hey makuab,

Welcome to Arch, I used it for a while and love it, but...as mentionned in this thread: you have your work cut out for you...
Quote:
So I installed the e17 stuff.

Dont, stick with gnome if at all possible.

About the .xininrc, there is a basic copy on the system some where, the thing to do here is to copy it to the home folder of (you) the user

Quote:
cp /etc/skel/.xinitrc ~/
or

Quote:
cp /etc/skel/.xinitrc /home/[user]/.xinintrc
whatever is easiest to you.

Tinker with it, see this page for more info:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xorg#Installing

next you'll need to add dbus to the daemons section in /etc/rc.conf, enter root mode for that but hey, this you know

Then, on to the /etc/inittab, uncomment init 5 and comment init 3

This should work...

Luck!

I'll be monitoring this thread to see if you still need some extra nudges!

Thor
 
Old 03-19-2011, 05:30 PM   #13
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Dont, stick with gnome if at all possible.
Why?
 
Old 03-19-2011, 05:37 PM   #14
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Because I found the other stuff to be a little too challenging to install, unless a good challenge is just what you need right now

The gnome "drooped" onto the system without a hickup, I was pointing-and-clicking before I was aware

But, ultimately, the choice is yours, that IS what Arch is about: your choice. The remark was a mere piece of advice, nothing more.

Are you getting where you want to get?

Hope to have helped a bit

Thor
 
Old 03-19-2011, 07:34 PM   #15
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How can I get VNC to work? I tried multiple packages but couldnt figure out how to run them.

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