I tried reinstalling gnome, but to no avail, which tells me its probably something with xfree86.
gnome-smproxy: unable to connect to session manager
GetModeLine - scrn: 0 clock: 108000
GetModeLine - hdsp: 1280 hbeg: 1328 hend: 1440 httl: 1688
vdsp: 1024 vbeg: 1025 vend: 1028: vttl: 1066 flags: 5
Window manager warning: failed to open a connection to a session manager, so window positions will not be saved: Authentication Rejected, reason: none of the authentication protocols specified are supported and host-based authentication failed most likely the X server was shut down or you killed/destroyed the application
xinit: connection to X server lost
waiting for X server to shutdown window manager warning: lost connection to the display ':0.0'; most likely the X server was shut down or you killed/destroyed the window manager.