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Old 05-14-2004, 01:00 PM   #1
kilaj1
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Desktop Environment


Hi, I am new to this forum and new to Linux. I have been messing around with Linux off and on for a good while now, one of the reasons I have not totally crossed over is because I am too use to windows. So I began looking for a desktop environment that looked like windows. I found this one
Code:
xpde.com/
Its pretty much an exact replica of windows XP, I also wanted to use this in an Internet Cafe I will be starting soon. Here's the problem...I can’t get it installed! I have been trying for months now, bin going to MANY forums and no one can seem to answer my question. I have Mandrake 8 and Red Hat 9 both gives me problems.

I got the files extracted, and I ran the setup for it, but that’s where the problem starts.
These are the instructions for the installation

General installation instructions:
-Decompress the tar.gz in /usr/share as root
-Edit the .xinitrc file of the user you want to run XPde and put this line:
/usr/share/xpde/bin/startxpde
-Start X

I recived some help previously on the whole startx thing. What I did was to as root edit the file /etc/inittab
find:

id:5:initdefault:

and change it to

id:3:initdefault:

Login as the user whose .xinitrc , which was root Type:
startx
Did this and it started the regular KDE desktop.
There are two different versions to this environment, 0.4.0 and 0.5.0. Version 0.4.0 requires that you run ./install.sh under a regular user, then log in as root to edit the .xinitrc (I think) and version 0.5.0 just requires you extract the tar file into the etc/share folder, and edit the .xinitrc and start x, which is what I gave before.

I edited the .xinitrc file in gedit (believe it was, did not remember the commands for the terminal, vi I think it was)and I put in the /usr/share/xpde/bin/startxpde, saved it and then edited the /etc/inittab restarted and got into the text mode, typed startx and it boot up regular KDE

I am using RedHat 9, and I was logged into root the whole time I did the installation for version 0.5.0. O and by the way I am doing this in Virtual PC( Still afraid of linux to install it on my system

I do have another question too, why would redhat look for the .xinitrc wouldn’t you have to edit the file that actually deals with desktop environments to point to this file(if such a file exsit)
 
Old 05-14-2004, 04:37 PM   #2
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Re: Desktop Environment

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Originally posted by kilaj1
I do have another question too, why would redhat look for the .xinitrc wouldn’t you have to edit the file that actually deals with desktop environments to point to this file(if such a file exsit)
xinit always looks for .xinitrc. xinit is the program which starts your X session, either by startx or xinit command, and xinitrc is its configuration file.

I know nothing about xpde, but have you tried using startxpde instead of startx?
 
Old 05-14-2004, 05:40 PM   #3
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I did try that but it did not work, I dont remember the exact error I got, but I did get a few other sugestions. It was said that the .xinitrc file may have an entry that points to the kde environment first and the xpde one second, /usr/share/xpde/bin/startxpde.

So I am going to try to edit that out and try agin. Thanks though
 
Old 05-14-2004, 06:00 PM   #4
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xpde wow that looks scary
 
Old 05-15-2004, 11:58 AM   #5
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Okay so I think I got this installed ok now. But I got a new problem. I try to log into RH with the XPDE, and I get the error message

"Your Session anly last less then 10 seconds. If you have not logged out yourself, this could mean that there is some installtion problem or that you may be out of diskspace. Try logging in with one of the failsafe sessions to see if you can fix the problem"

There is a whole lot of detail info on the error bellow it.

......So close yet so far
 
Old 05-15-2004, 12:36 PM   #6
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I GOT IT WORKING!!! turns out I put a comand in common letter when it should have been in caps BUT IT WORKS!!!

THANKS ALOT!!
 
  


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