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Re: Default display manager should not be gdm3

On 2012-02-22 23:52:09 +0000 (+0000), Ian Jackson wrote:
> On my netbook I'm running a pretty vanilla install of squeeze,
> although my personal desktop session is very different to usual.
> I wanted to add a command-line option to my X server. I spent 15
> mins trawling through docs and grepping for config options with no
> luck.

On my netbook I run a very vanilla install of squeeze... base
packages only plus the few hand-picked apps I need, usually with
recommends omitted. I expect the desktop session on my netbook is
unusual as well--using a keyboard-driven window manager mainly to
multiplex xterms (which in turn are mostly containers for Gnu
screen), and to be able to specify window geometry and placement
since more recent apps don't implement the traditional X11
command-line switches to do that any more.

Maybe I don't use enough of the whiz-bang graphicky features lots of
people want, but I find logging into a vty and launching startx,
just like I have for decades, to work just fine. I'm certainly not
going to begrudge others their pointy-clicky fanciness, but I also
don't expect it to be particularly more stable or tunable than other
operating systems where that sort of interface is de rigueur.

Point being, xinit and friends still work just fine, at least on my
netbooks, workstations, et cetera.
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