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sah 08-09-2006 07:24 PM

Slackware new install - how to start gui?
 
I am a complete linux newbie. I just installed Slackware linux 10.2. During the install, I chose the xfce gui. However, when slackware rebooted, it is booting to the command prompt and not the gui.

1. How do I manually start the gui?
2. If I decide I want the gui to start automatically when it boots, how do I set that up?
3. How do I switch between guis?

thanks!

rkelsen 08-09-2006 07:31 PM

You need to edit your /etc/inittab file.

Look for this part:
Code:

# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6)
id:3:initdefault:

Change the 3 in that line to a 4.

Okie 08-09-2006 07:31 PM

check if xwmconf is set to xfce, then type in startx

sah 08-10-2006 09:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Okie
check if xwmconf is set to xfce, then type in startx

Where do I find/edit xwmconf? Thanks!

faref 08-10-2006 09:38 AM

type it at the command line.

Chromezero 08-10-2006 10:04 AM

Code:

startx
at the command line will start the x server. However, you'll want to edit /etc/inittab if you choose to use gui on a regular basis.

hmazuji 03-24-2013 05:18 PM

i have the same problem
 
i got the change runlevel from 3 to 4. why does it ship out of the box to runlevel 3 ? is it like, the first thing you need to learn is how to edit the inittab file ? also, how to do that at the command prompt ? is vi intuitive ? this is a complaint, not a request for information. thanks. thank you for the solution.

allend 03-24-2013 05:55 PM

Quote:

why does it ship out of the box to runlevel 3 ?
Two reasons are: 1) Not all Slackware installs are used from a GUI and 2) it allows a user to experiment with settings in /etc/X11/xorg.conf for graphics devices that require additional configuration.
Quote:

how to do that at the command prompt ? is vi intuitive ?
You may prefer to use nano, which has on-screen help.

frankbell 03-24-2013 09:29 PM

xwmconfig is a Slackware utility for changing your GUI. It displays a list of installed DEs/window managers and allows you to change them without having to edit inittab directly.

It is the preferred way to change your DE/window manager in Slackware.

rkelsen 03-24-2013 09:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hmazuji (Post 4917940)
this is a complaint, not a request for information.

It's just a hunch, but I think that you may have chosen the wrong distro...

Slackware doesn't hold your hand or spoonfeed you the way some others do.

You'll find that most people here like it that way, because that's what makes it so powerful and flexible.

You can complain all you like, but you should know that there are technical reasons for not booting into the GUI by default.

If that doesn't suit you, then you are always welcome to try Ubuntu.

JWJones 03-24-2013 11:23 PM

Hmm, this thread is originally from 2006. Four posts... something tells me "sah" has moved on.


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