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ok well i have the latest version of slackware (10.1) and i got everything installed i used the everything option when i was installing so every package ect.. is there. So im logged in as root (command line) and i type 'startx' and then i get 'unknown commnd' echoing back at me. i type xorgconfig and i get 'unknown command' again... i type 'xf86config' and it gives me the unknown commnd thing and last but not least i type 'XF86Setup' and i get the same thing again. I dont have a fricking clue why anything wotn work. can someone PLEASE help as i really want slackware in graphical mode.
i only got 2 slackware cd's (the 2 install). I dont know how to view files and edit them from command line ect.... also i chose a 'full install' option so everything must be installed on there . im thinking of getting debian if i cant get this slackware problem sorted. But if it dont auto configure x then i might aswell go back to redhat 9
You seem to have instaalled linux in minimal mode. Only basic tools and commandline stuff is installed and none of the X components are installed.
It's better to install a linux distro whose complete set is with you. It's less frustating
Well what good are the installation cd's ect.. and i am 100% sure i did a FULL install. besides why the fuck does it have to be so difificult to get the x server going. redhat does it all auto. pffft it says on thier site its a good os for n00bs but every1 n00b that egts it gets more problems they can handle. take me for example.
Post the output of 'ls /var/log/packages/x*' so we can see what's on there. If you got disk 1 and chose the default or newbie or whatever and didn't deselect it, it should be on there. If it is on there, you should be able to type 'startx' and load a framebuffer-type X. And if that doesn't work, it should be a simple matter of 'xorgcfg -textmode' (or xorgconfig -textmode, I forget which) and feeding in some basic data. And if that doesn't work, it should be some troubleshooting steps looking over the xorg.conf file. It's very simple and straightforward - just different. Slackware isn't trying to 'screw the newbie', man.
RH may do it auto - never tried RH - but SuSE does it all 'auto' to and 'auto'matically screws it up and has such a convoluted config process that, when it does, it's not as easy to get how you like it. But if RH *does* work for you, why not stick with that? If you want Slack because it's different, *embrace the difference*.
If you are a real newbie, my advice to you is to forget it all, install RH8 / RH9 and learn configuration and command line linux from this book as a base. Once you have good knowlegde of the basics of Linux (that is configuration files and command line) you can move on to any distro without much hassel.
Sorry if I didn't provide a reply of yr expectations.