Originally Posted by nuwen52
A fairly easy way to not start X (and gdm) on boot would be to change your /etc/inittab entry for the default runlevel.
If you have a line like: "id:5:initdefault:" the inittab, change the 5 to a 3. That does not start X. Then, you can log in and use startx to start your XWindows session. That would then use your ~/.xinitrc
The problem with this is it takes me to a text login prompt and I have to login and startx manually.
I found this post
which gives a way to do it and it sort of works (it doesn't seem to run my fluxbox startup script and flashes the gdm background). It mentions disabling gdm: how do I do that without uninstalling it (as I may want to go back to it or use it to get to other wms)?