[SOLVED] question about /etc/init.d/xdm and desktop environments
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1) are window managers and desktop environments 2 different things.
For example is Metacity a desktop environment or just a window manager?
Both windows manager and desktop environment are different.
A windows manager is a utility used to manage different windows opened in your system, whereas a desktop environment is overall setup of your desktop and what you are seeing on your desktop is all a part of your desktop environment.
Metacity is windows manager for GNOME desktop environment, but its not a destkop environment. A windows manager is also a part of your desktop environment. Commonly used desktop enviornments includes GNOME, KDE, XFCE etc.
2)if a X display manager is not already started do you start it with /etc/init.d/xdm or /etc/init.d/xdm start?
Service management may be different in different OS. For a perfect answer, mention your distro, its version and which desktop environment (plus its version) you're using.
However, you can check for appropriate desktop services under:
~$ cd /etc/init.d
~$ ls gdm xdm
But nothing specific could be suggested until complete information is provided.
Last edited by shivaa; 02-05-2013 at 08:22 PM.
Thank you so much
for question 2 I use Suse linux enterprise server 11 and use it through VMware. so what should i type at acoomand prompt to start the xdm if it is not started...
i hope it makes more sense now...