Re: Starting out trouble
Hello Bill <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> The program xdm says it's loaded, but there is no gui visible, just the
> prompt. Perhaps I misunderstood what xdm is, at least I have a prompt. I
You can have the computer start with either the text prompt or xdm
even if you have both installed. This is set by changing the
runlevel, but don't do it until you have X running from startx.
> tried startx and it said no such file or directory. Whatever, I'll
> eventually figure it out.
Then some other bits of X are missing. startx should come with the
xbase package (at least in hamm, ie Debian 2.0). You'll also need one
of the xserver- packages (depending on what video card you have).
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