starting with X
i have had the weirdest luck with X, kde, what have you. to wit:
performing a network install in dec 2003 was astonishingly easy. since then, i
have had nothing but hairpulling and cursing trying to get anything other than a
command line prompt. google has provided nothing but false leads. local
library and bookstores have linux books exclusively for x86 architecture.
here's my situation:
ordinarily, typing in startx or xf86cfg (or any of their ilk) causes my screen
to flash four times and come back with a cryptic error message along the lines
of "error connecting to server... explicit kill or shutdown".
last week, i decided to try "apt-get install apache" as part of a perl course.
smooth, good, easy, (no, I'm not sure why I didn't choose apache in tasksel the
first time through). out of habit, i suppose, i restarted. imagine my surprise
to find myself with a GUI login to a kde desktop! I was in heaven for about a
day, apache near forgotten, until I logged out and tried to log back in again as
root (yes, i know, 'su' is better). my keyboard and mouse had no effect on the
login screen. I muttered #!2e%*******, and performed a hard power cycle. GUI
gone. back to CLI. apache works nicely, though configuring it for perl is
going to require a _lot_ of research from the looks of it.
why should installing apache cause kde to work correctly for one login?
i decided to re-install onto a wiped hard drive and keep a log of EVERY
decision, action, potentially relevant message. much faster the second time
around, but still no graphical environment.
does anyone know how to get kde up and running on a 7600 (g3 upgrade card) ?
hopeful that others in similar boats will be able to offer guidance or moral support...
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