Well, KDM is, for most users, intended to be used as a login manager. So, once one has already logged in via the console, the main use of KDM is already gone.
+ Is it safe to do on my desk top?
I don't know what "it" is. Is what safe? I can take a guess that "it" maps to "running kdm as root". If this is the correct mapping, in general, the answer is yes. That is the intended use. The idea is that, once the system starts up, no users are logged in yet. KDM runs as root, and then allows normal users to log in.
However, logging into the console as root, and then running KDM doesn't do much. One can press ctl+alt+backspace to kill X and KDM, and then they have a free root console to work with.
The idea is to have the startup scripts run KDM as root in such a way that kdm crashing/failing will not drop the console back to a root prompt. You may need runlevel 5 for this, I don't know about RedHat, I use Gentoo.
+ How can i directly run KDM as console user?
Not sure kdm will make this easy for you. Do you really need the functionality of KDM, or are you simply trying to log in and get to your graphical environment. If you just want X, log in the console, and then type "startx".
Last edited by visaris; 09-06-2007 at 09:42 AM.