But what can I do more from this xterm?
I know is not that fancy as KDE but can I do similar things?
Ok. You are using X Window System applications. To learn more:
' (uppercase x)
X have many applications you can find on other desktop environments like GNOME or KDE, but with poor graphics (is this a pro or a con?!!
). There is a default window manager - twm, a terminal emulator - xterm, a login manager (or display manager) - xdm, and tons of other software from calculators to file managers....
There are 2 key concept behind X:
1) Client-server architecture
When the system boot in graphics mode it starts the X server. When you boot in command-line mode you can start the X server through startx
command. The server manage all the graphics related requests from the client applications (for instance xterm or twm) on local or remote hosts.
You can configure the behavior and the look of the clients application through resources usually stored in configuration files and loaded in a global resources database at startup (or at every time through the resource database manager - xrdb). For instance, if you want xterm with a black background and a green foreground you can start it with the command xterm -fg green -bg black
, but it's annoying to type all this stuff all the time. So you can edit the file .Xresources
(the dot is part of the file name) in your home directory to make this look permanent adding the resources:
Then you can make this change immediate with xrdb -merge .Xresources
or you will find it the next time the server start.
This is a quick view on the subject, as you know, for every Linux topic there is a universe outside there.
I found useful the book:
UNIX secrets (2nd Ed.) - James Armstrong
There is an section on X management (but the whole book is very good for beginners) though this is that kind of books that need to be continuously updated.