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Old 08-25-2004, 11:37 AM   #1
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Changing Startup Options

I have Red Hat 8 installed on my computer. The way I installed the OS was to boot to KDE, however now I don't want to boot into a windowing system, I want to preserve my limited memory. How do I change the default boot and is it still possible to start the windowing system at my descretion. Thanks for any help.
Old 08-25-2004, 11:47 AM   #2
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It is very easy to change what 'runlevel' you boot into.

Edit /etc/inittab so that the default runlevel is 3 instead of 5.

See the section "Determining The Default Boot runlevel" in the HOWTO The Linux Boot Process.

You want to change this:

id:5:initdefault: # Console GUI Mode

To this:

id:3:initdefault: # Console Text Mode

Then, to start X when you want, use the command 'startx':

user@linux:~$ startx


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