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Old 03-22-2003, 07:39 PM   #1
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Switch to IceWM or BlackBox in Mandrake 9.0


I'm new to Linux, have just installed Mandrake 9.0, am using an old machine, KDE and GNOME are really slow, and would like to switch to ICE or Blackbox, or some other WM. How do I switch between the windows managers that came with Mandrake 9?
 
Old 03-22-2003, 11:33 PM   #2
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I have found that the easiest way to do it is edit your .xinitrc file. If you don't have one in your home directory, just create one and add the following line:
exec blackbox

Icewm command is probably icewm, KDE is startkde, and GNOME is gnome-session.

For more information try man xinit
 
Old 03-22-2003, 11:40 PM   #3
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if you are using KDE Graphical Login, add blackbox / iceWM to your list of sessions

Control Center --> Session Manager (in KDE of course )
 
Old 03-23-2003, 05:28 AM   #4
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When you install another wm it should show up as an option at the graphical login if you're using something like gdm.
 
Old 03-23-2003, 08:21 AM   #5
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"When you install another wm it should show up as an option at the graphical login if you're using something like gdm"

to be honest, it usually doesn't-- whether you use kdm or gdm
 
Old 03-23-2003, 12:14 PM   #6
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As the original poster is using Mandrake, this is one of the automagic things. I mean, even Gentoo does that, I'm pretty certain it works in Mandrake.
 
Old 03-23-2003, 12:33 PM   #7
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what typically governs whether it is in the XDM list is wether it has an entry in /etc/X11/Sessions or a similar directory such as wmsession.d. all that is typically need is a reference to the executable of teh window manager. so it's normally trivial to make your own if it's not there.
 
  


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