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Old 09-01-2004, 03:50 AM   #1
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(THIS ISN'T A QUESTION)How to change your Linux GUI/Desktop

I learned from installing linux about a million times in one day, that if you pay attention to the packages that are installed, it usually tells you how to execute the functions that the packages enable for you. In order to change your GUI for Linux, at least for Slackware, you use the xwmconfig utility. xwm stands for x windows manager just to let all you guys out there know :P. Well, I'm new to the site, and I'm not sure if there is something else about this already, but I had forgotten the command, and since I finally remembered it, I just thought that I should share it with everyone. I hope you guys have fun with all the different GUIs for Linux :P
Old 09-01-2004, 04:20 AM   #2
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There are a million ways to do this.
One other, that is not distro specific, is to simply edit ~/.xinitrc to point to your fav wm to start.
Old 09-01-2004, 05:03 PM   #3
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i am using kde now. i dont think i installed any other desktops when i installed slack 10. what is a lighter desktop and what packages do i need to install off of the install cds? my ~/.xinitrc file is as follows (dont see a listing for another desktop):

# $XConsortium: xinitrc.cpp,v 1.4 91/08/22 11:41:34 rws Exp $


# merge in defaults and keymaps

if [ -f $sysresources ]; then
xrdb -merge $sysresources

if [ -f $sysmodmap ]; then
xmodmap $sysmodmap

if [ -f $userresources ]; then
xrdb -merge $userresources

if [ -f $usermodmap ]; then
xmodmap $usermodmap

# Start the window manager:

Old 09-01-2004, 06:49 PM   #4
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See where it says 'startkde'?
Change that to your fav WM - gnome - enlightenment - whatever the command to start your other WM would be......


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