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Old 01-20-2004, 07:56 PM   #1
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linux noob needs help installing new window manager on crappy pc.


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Old 01-20-2004, 08:19 PM   #2
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First big question: what distribution are you using? Slackware? Red Hat (Fedora)? Mandrake? Debian? Not many can help without that vital information. Next: what are the specs for your laptop? CPU, RAM, hard drive size? This will also help you to make the best choice on window managers.
 
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:35 PM   #4
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RedHat uses RPMs so for blackbox, here is one. For IceWM here . Some other window managers you might consider are Fluxbox and FVWM95. You might also want to look at XFce, which is a full featured Desktop Environment like GNOME and KDE but easier on resources. Here is a link to a XFce RPM.
To install RPMs, as root in a console, type:
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rpm -ivh package_name.rpm
 
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:46 PM   #6
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Does your computer boot to a command line or into a graphical setup?
 
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:33 PM   #8
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First you'll need to add an IceWM session file. Check out this thread on how to do that. Then logout and before you log back in select IceWM from the sessions menu.
 
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Old 01-20-2004, 10:29 PM   #10
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Old 01-20-2004, 11:18 PM   #11
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You'll need to change a line in your /etc/inittab file.
Change
Code:
id:4:initdefault:
to
Code:
id:3:initdefault:
Then you'll need to create the file .xinitrc
Add
Code:
exec icewm
to .xinitrc and a the command prompt type
Code:
startx
 
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In /home/user_name directory where user_name is your user name.
 
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