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Re: New User/No GUI

On Thu, 15 Dec 2005 09:49:20 +0000
Jon Dowland <lists@alcopop.org> wrote:

> It depends what their existing experiences are. I came to debian without
> stopping off at redhat or another distro on the way for very long, and I
> don't find it confusing. In fact, I haven't ever customised my runlevels 
> (although I think I should probably look into it).

True, my previous experiences are with (used to be) Mandrake

> > All Linux doc's state runlevel 5 is for multiuser with X, while Debian
> > gdm installs itself to runlevel 2... and this is not so obvious
> > either. Most docs i read where talking about changing runlevels in
> > order to stop/start gui login...
> Debian docs wouldn't, though.
> > I noticed that, in general, Debian tends to be as close as possible to
> > the standards (i remember about a test some time ago where Debian was
> > the closest distro to the official LFH). IMHO in this case it kinda'
> > goes against the standard...
> For reference, the standards in question might be:
> LSB 3.1 chapter 20.5, "Run levels":
> <http://refspecs.freestandards.org/LSB_3.1.0/LSB-Core-generic/LSB-Core-generic/runlevels.html>
> I believe they've adopted these from the redhat convention.
> And the debian reference, reference, section 2.4.2:
> <http://www.us.debian.org/doc/manuals/reference/ch-system.en.html#s-runlevels>

(Re)reading these now puts them in a totaly different light... Is there still any chance for a standard across distros? Diversity is good, but sometimes...


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