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Old 04-08-2005, 08:51 AM   #1
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getting a desktop from shell

I finally managed to install FC3 over NFS.

The last problem is getting a desktop. Whenever i boot, i am brought to:
Fedora Core release 2.91 (FC3 Test 2)
Kernel 2.6.9-1.667 on an ppc

Localhost login: root
Last login: Fri Apr 8 12:27:14 on tty1
[root@localhost ~]#
I tried switchdesk, still left at a command prompt. How do i get a gui?

Old 04-08-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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Old 04-08-2005, 09:30 AM   #3
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But don't run X as root. Never ever log in as root. If you need root permissions use 'su'. So as junme said, login as a normal user and type 'startx' assuming you have some sort of Desktop Environment or Window Manger running. This depends on what you chose during the install.
Old 04-09-2005, 10:34 AM   #4
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im not sure if it is the same with FC3, but in redhat 9 to tell it to boot to gui i just have to edit the id:3:initdefault: (may be a differnet number, there is a list just above the line) line in the /etc/inittab file to: id:5:initdefault: (or what ever number corresponds with X11 in that file)


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