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Old 09-09-2004, 11:14 PM   #1
Moritsu
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Question Newbie w/ many questions


Hi there as you probably gathered from my title I am a Newbie and I have many questions about Linux and I would really appreciate it if someone would be kind enough to answer them....

1. Is there a Linux Distribution that automatically boots up to the command line? All of the Distributions I've looked at thus far seem to say that they boot to a GUI and then if you want you can go into the command line. I would like to know if there is a Distribution where the GUI is an optional feature.

2. And if they all boot straight to GUIs and the command line is an option, is it a 'weakened' command line? (eg. Windows XP DOS Prompt)

3. I do a lot of Remote-accessing with my machine and would also like to know the best Distribution for that as well.


That is really all the questions I have at the moment thanks very much in advance for reading this.

I know it's a lot of 'Newbish' questions but I would really like to expand my horizons. I appreciate your time and effort in reading and answering my probably laughable questions.


-Moritsu
 
Old 09-09-2004, 11:28 PM   #2
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As a linux user, you can decide whether you want to boot in a GUI or a CLI. GUI is just there to make things pretty and familiar. All you have to do is make a little change in a file (/etc/inittab) and you can can change your login interface.

"weakened" command line ---- no way. Its the same command line whether you open xterm or terminal.

Almost all distro come with vareity of tools for remote access...so its your choice what you want to pick?

Tux,
 
Old 09-09-2004, 11:32 PM   #3
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Hey thanks a lot!!! one more question thogh all the distros come with all these different programs... IS there anyway to see a list of all programs installed and do I get to select every component i want installed??
 
Old 09-09-2004, 11:48 PM   #4
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I'd suggest Mandrake 10 as it comes with a very wide variety of add-on programs
and you can do individual package selection if you wish.
 
Old 09-09-2004, 11:52 PM   #5
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Thank you guys VERY much I really appreciate the quick and informative responses you guys really have helped me out....
 
Old 09-10-2004, 01:51 AM   #6
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Moritsu -- Welcome to LQ! Post back with any questions you might have, that's the whole point of this site -- J.W.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 12:50 PM   #7
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i think all of them can login at CLI if you are to ask me i am using RHL 9 you can only login through CLI if you selected the custom and the server installation type! 3

Last edited by kenji; 09-14-2004 at 01:53 PM.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 03:42 PM   #8
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If you definitely want no GUI, then edit the file
/etc/inittab
and change this line:
id:5:initdefault:
change the 5 to a 3 and it won't bring up a GUI, but you'll be limited to 1 terminal at a time (ie whole screen). Most people allow the GUI to come up and then open as many terminal sessions as they want.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 04:50 PM   #9
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Re: Newbie w/ many questions

Quote:
Originally posted by Moritsu
Hi there as you probably gathered from my title I am a Newbie and I have many questions about Linux and I would really appreciate it if someone would be kind enough to answer them....

1. Is there a Linux Distribution that automatically boots up to the command line? All of the Distributions I've looked at thus far seem to say that they boot to a GUI and then if you want you can go into the command line. I would like to know if there is a Distribution where the GUI is an optional feature.

2. And if they all boot straight to GUIs and the command line is an option, is it a 'weakened' command line? (eg. Windows XP DOS Prompt)

3. I do a lot of Remote-accessing with my machine and would also like to know the best Distribution for that as well.


That is really all the questions I have at the moment thanks very much in advance for reading this.

I know it's a lot of 'Newbish' questions but I would really like to expand my horizons. I appreciate your time and effort in reading and answering my probably laughable questions.


-Moritsu
1. Man, just try Mandrake 10.0 there options about automatically start x server.. If i understand your wish correctly.. (English is not my primary language)

2. And mandrake's command line is easier that orhers.. I dont know why but if you type "cd.." which is from DOS, it goes the up directory.. Now i am using Fedora Core 2.. when i type this command. I got error..

3. For remote access. You should install telnet service packs. Then you should be sure it is running, then you can connect your computer as well.. And remember if you are using telnet in linux command line you should add port number at the end of line.. Like this;

telnet <ip.number> port number

eg. telnet 10.0.0.13 23

23 is default port for telnet..
 
Old 09-14-2004, 05:03 PM   #10
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Don't use telnet, it's been superceded by SSH, which is far more secure. Most distros come with sshd running as standard, and you can connect to a computer running sshd using PuTTY for windows or ssh on linux.

Note: The_exxe:

the command you are looking for is cd ..
remember to put the space in
 
  


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