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Old 03-21-2005, 01:15 AM   #1
Bill Johns
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What is perferred GUI or Term?

Just curious what others prefer to use in Linux.

I've been away from it for a long time and forgot some of the files to change, like to knock out the KDE at start up, and to add the colors when using ls. So looking for some help on these.

I think etc/inittab is one place that needs some changes and etc/lilo.conf

Does anyone use aliases to mimic some of the Dos commands, like cls etc.?

Linux is sure a powerful OP system, I just wonder how many OP system outfits like microsoft have copied the UNIX system?

This is sure a nice website lots of good info.
Glad I found it.
Old 03-21-2005, 01:23 AM   #2
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to kill KDE(or any other window manager) you could try ctr-alt-backspace. As for adding color to the shell - define the environment variable:
- add that line to your ~/.bashrc file then restart any shell.

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Old 03-21-2005, 01:38 AM   #3
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I am a ui man, basically, but I do all file task from the command line. I use rXVT for that. I start it up with
rxvt -font 10x20 -bg "#336699" -fg "white"
- pale blue background, large white text. In my .bashrc I created an alias ls="ls -F". that way, the folders won't say folder, but folder/. I have a shot of ot here, where it contrasts to the basic black/white Gnome-terminal.

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Old 03-21-2005, 01:43 AM   #4
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Yes OSourceDiplomat, that is what I meant as well. Set that environment variable and run any shell inside a GUI.
The TERM environment variable helps tremendously when using vim for example. Its syntax highlighting refused to work without that variable. If I'm not mistaken the term variable sets the style for the bash shell itself and not the terminal emulator that runs it.

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Old 03-21-2005, 04:42 AM   #5
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To start in console mode, i.e. without a GUI, you need to edit the default runlevel on /etc/inittab from 5 or 4 to 3.
Old 03-26-2005, 05:51 PM   #6
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I did the default level thing and just locked my self out of the PC till I made a boot disk.
And if I do the ctl alt backspace thing it. Just jumps back to the log in gui.
My other pc boots to the command line, and I forgot all I did many years ago to do that.


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