Re: post install tidbits? [was Help with Linux selection please?]
On 12/23/05, Chinook <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
> > 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-220.127.116.11-386" 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.