A weird thing just happened. I changed my hostname from the default(?) darkstar and all was going well after I saved the change and rebooted; but when I typed startx at the prompt after the reboot I was unable to go into my desktop. I fixed the problem by putting the hostname back to the original name and tried to start the gui again. This time I was able to start it without difficulty.
I'm not all that worried about it because I have solved the problem but I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else.
thanks in advance