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When I bring up Linux Ubuntu I would like to get a login prompt and choose as whom to log in. Then I would like to say startX or something like that and to get into X-windows. As I am in X-windows I would like to, do a right mouse click or something and chose “open a new terminal” or something. I used to do that all back over decade ago. Then I haven’t used Linux for over a decade. Now I got a box with Ubuntu, but …
When I bring it up I automatically get logged in as “Owner” and I get into interface that limits what I can do. Specfically, I don’t see how to become a different user, how to get into command line mode, how to run X-windows and open multiple terminal windows. And I would like to decide myself when to invoke some fancy GUI interface, instead of being forced into it..
I found one way to do some of what I want: ctl-alt-functionkey. But when I log in and do startX from there the right mouse click does not give me “open new terminal” option.
Could somebody help me out? Thank you very much in advance.
Distribution: Linux From Scratch, Slackware64, Partedmagic
ubuntu is 'linux for dummies' it tries to do everything for you because like windows the ubuntu devs think you are too stupid to do it yourself if you know what you are doing andbhave used linux before, which is what it sounds like, switch to slackware for a 'not going to hold your hand' distro, or take the plunge and come over here to lfs and build your own system.
+1 for Gentoo. Our Package Manager, Portage is superb. It's like FreeBSD's Ports. You can compile each package specifically for your cpu's architecture. If your the impatient type Portage can be used to install binaries so you don't have to wait for it to to compile. By the time you're done installing you will re-learn a good deal. It looks like a scary install but it's a piece of cake with our huge community. Go into #gentoo on irc.freenode.net if you need help, but you should be good with just the Gentoo wiki. Genkernel if you don't want to roll your own kernel which will speed up the process. Best part is you can use any distro livecd to install Gentoo