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Old 06-18-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Question using mutiple wdm's for multiple X-sessions?

I'm having a hardtime finding some good resousrces to use in configuring my Gentoo machine and am hoping that a few maybe able to help.

I have decided that I want the default to be a terminal when I first boot. I also want to have the ablity to use different desktop enviroments (gnome, kde, lxde, xfce, etc....) and also to be able to select different wdm, gdm, etc.... as well to be able to control my user seasions according to the task that are going to be performed.

I will be using some heavy resource apps that I need to be able to lighten the enviroment to take in to consideration the low amount of RAM to CPU usage. I.E....apps that require Realtime settings.

I'm not very good at writing scripts and tend to get a little lost when reading the how to's but would like to be able to setup to where after I login, I will be able to run *****.sh and start the X seasion.
Old 06-19-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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If you don't want to read the Gentoo handbook, there's little we can do to help you.

You really need to get your hands dirty to install Gentoo. By the time you read the handbook, and use it as a guide to install your Gentoo OS, almost all the questions you made above will be solved.

  • The terminal is the default, since the very moment you start installing Gentoo. In fact, there's no GUI until you install it.
  • You don't have to do anything to use multiple desktops. Just install them.
  • Same goes for login managers, the one you'll be using is configured by editing /etc/conf.d/xdm. More about that in the X configuration guide, and in the respective desktop howtos.
  • Using every DE out there is usually not compatible with the term "lighten". In any case, I really doubt you need that fine grained control. You probably didn't mean "real time" either. That words have a very concrete meaning in computing. If you think you do, please, let us know which concrete tasks do you need real time for so we can help you better.

In addition, you will need this to set up Xorg:

There are also guide for kde, gnome, xfce and some others. One at a time, and you will be successful.


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