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Re: post install tidbits? [was Help with Linux selection please?]

On 12/23/05, Chinook <chinook.nr@tds.net> wrote:
> Chinook wrote:
> > post install tidbits? [was Help with Linux selection please?]
> >
> > There are three little items I have not been able to resolve yet though,
> > and would appreciate any pointers:
> >
> > 1)  When booting up, can the keyboard Num Lock be defaulted to On?  I
> > keep forgetting to hit the Num Lock key before any digits in passwords
> > and it's an unconscious habit to use the number pad rather than the top
> > row of the character  section of the keyboard.
> Yes there is a BIOS setting and BIOS turns it on, but ??? turns it off
> before one gets to the login.  /etc/console-tools/config has no effect.
> I did find the mentioned numlockx package and installed it.  It's a CLI
> tool,  so in what script where would I employ it*?

 I think you could put it in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc or
/etc/X11/Xsession to enable it
 globally. I think putting it in /home/username/.xsession would enable
for you once you
 logged in. I am a little vague which X config files (xinitrc vs
xsession)  are supposed to
 do what, so I just put stuff in them and test to see if it has the
desired effect.

> >
> > 2)  I have my BIOS quieted, but Grub (I guess) is rather verbose.  I
> > changed the setting in etc/default/rcS to VERBOSE=no but it doesn't seem
> > to make any difference :-(  Is there a way to quiet the Linux boot?
> MJD: I guess your comment to add "quiet splash" to the kernel command
> line in the grub config file is too general.  Maybe if you would note
> the file path and line number within the file, I might be able to catch
> up with you :-)  I found what I thought was the file but could not see
> where to edit it.


 look for a line like this:
 kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-1-686 root=/dev/hde1 ro

 and make it more like this:
 kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-1-686 root=/dev/hde1 ro quiet splash

 If there is stuff after the ro (eg vga=771) just put quiet splash at the end.
 "vmlinuz-2.6.12-1-686" might be "vmlinuz-" or some such.

 You probably don't want to do that in the section labeled (recovery mode),
 since if you need recovery mode, you probably want to see what is going

> PS:  I also meant to ask if one could switch back and forth between
> Gnome and KDE.  Rather than ask what the advantages are <b>to me</b>, I
> was thinking of seeing for myself what KDE is like :-)

 If you are using GDM, KDM or XDM (in other words if the boot process ends
 with a GUI instead of a command line), you should have drop down list of
 installed Window Managers/Desktop Environments.

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