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Old 11-21-2004, 12:54 AM   #1
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Smile Getting KDE to boot rather than X and...

Yup, new to the forums, new to the linux community...i am n00b...

I have just installed FC3 without any problems, but it boots straight to what I am assuming is the X windows... How would I configure it to boot to KDE that was installed with FC3?

Second question that I am sure that everybody has been asked... Are there any sites that have a basic lessons on how the linux OS works and how things work and etc etc etc... Sorry to put that lame of a question out there, but I can not afford to go buy two hundred dollars in books and such... :|

Thanks for any help in advance!

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The first place to look on the web for documentation is the Linux Documentation Project.
Old 11-21-2004, 01:27 AM   #3
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Sweet jschiwal!

Now, I was acting apon my noobness and modified the inittab file and now FC3 freezes when booting...arg. How would I go about getting back to it to change it back as I have the original line of code commented out...just need to remove my stupidness and uncomment the original...
Old 11-21-2004, 01:43 AM   #4
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Well, got the inittab thing fixed; I am starting to love the Ctrl-Alt-F1 thing!
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FC3 by default starts GDM, which is Gnome. You can fix that a number of ways, none of which are pretty, find the /etc/rc.d/rc.5/ file that starts gdm (google ... don't remember) and set it to kdm instead (rem the first if statment'd do it). Alternatively, live with GDM, but click on session set to kde, the log on. next time round it will ask if you want to run KDE and set it as your default (or something else).

Even if you switch from gdm to kdm, you will still need to reconfig to kde manually (via session), so you might as well leave GDM as it is (far less hassle) and get it to bounce you into KDE.

How linux works... Understanding the Linux Kernel is a good book, but probably not what you are after, consider the following links: <- the linux subset of google <- good book (though debian based from memory), there is an online version as well, but i can't find it <- the linux documentation project

you've already found this place, and by and large we are friendly. And whatever you do, don't buy a Linux <insert distro> unleashed, they are handy references but from a usage point of view they are a terrible waste of time. I loved Linux in a Nutshell (O'reilly) but until you have a grasp of what you want to do, and what program might be the best, it's not going to do you much good, (Check it out in a shop, see if it does it for you, but realise it isn't very differnt to the man pages you already have).

Probably check out: while you're at it.

In conclusion "The art of unix programming" is also quite good, but possibly a little of topic for you. Like most things you can't be told how things work together, you will have a day and suddenly it will be quite clear, and you won't know how you got there.
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Hahaha, so true... I have those every so often... Work work work, click click click..uh, HOLY CRAP I GOT IT!!! Those are what make it all worth while some times...

I will have to check those sites out. The Linux documentation project was confusing at first, then I realised what exactly it was and I am reading through it's stuff this week. Very good start base!

I will probably return with more n00bness in the future. You never truely realise what kind of community the Linux community has untill you experience it. I am hooked. Thanks again guys!



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