Re: GUI Login and Gnome/KDE Problems
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> you wrote:
> I am attempting to migrate from RedHat to Debian. I just can not take
> living in "dependency hell" anymore, and keeping it updated is almost as
> expensive as the product from Redmond.
I made the same switch recently.
> My questions:
> 1. What is the mechanism used to select between Gnome and KDE as the
> default window environment? Specifically, how do I select one or the
> other? In RedHat, there is a Desktop Switching Tool which does this
> for the user (a tool called switcher). I have not found a Debian
> equivalent. Does one exist? If not, what needs to be done to pick one
> or the other?
You should be able to select this from a display manager menu, i.e. at the
> 2. When first installed, Debian uses a GUI login. I have never used one,
> don't know why I want one, and can think of lots of reasons why I don't
> want one. I have not found a way to eliminate this. In RedHat, all
> that is necessary is a simple change in /etc/inittab:
> I understand the default run-level in Debian is 2, not 3, so the correct
> line should read:
> Well, it does, but I still get the GUI login. This is simple and very
> straightforward. I not sure what to do in Debian.
Debian doesn't use a separate runlevel for X by default. You could make it
more similar to RH if you want to, but that may be more trouble than it's
worth. If I didn't want a graphical login, I'd just remove all links to
xdm, gdm, and kdm in /etc/rc2.d.
> 3. I usually use Gnome. Currently, it will not allow root to log in.
> How do I change this to something appropriate for an ADULT?
I can't imagine why you'd ever want to login to GNOME as root, but if you
really want to, try editing the config file of your display manager
(under /etc/X11/gdm for gdm, or /etc/X11/xdm for xdm, or someplace else
for kdm, dunno where).