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    startx?


    I installed Gentoo a while ago and was not able to start an X session with startx-is X installed as a default install or do I need to install X? If I need to install X-how?

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    In Gentoo, almost nothing is installed "as default" :o You need to do 'emerge gnome' or 'emerge kde' or whatever.
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    After you do your "emerge kde" or "emerge gnome" or whatever DE/WM you want, you will have to create a .xinitrc file with your favorite text editor and put one line in it.

    From your home directory, do

    su >root pass
    nano .xinitrc
    exec startkde

    Other DE/WMs use different lines.
    For enlightenment, I use "/usr/bin/enlightenment"
    For others, I or someone else can help you with what you need.
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    That's helpful-I like xfce4....could I use emerge to get that?

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    yeah you can, using portage is one of gentoo's strong points

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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    After you do your "emerge kde" or "emerge gnome" or whatever DE/WM you want, you will have to create a .xinitrc file with your favorite text editor and put one line in it....
    That's odd: I didn't need to do that last week when I emerged Gnome. 'startx' worked out of the box....
    /IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by drakebasher
    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    After you do your "emerge kde" or "emerge gnome" or whatever DE/WM you want, you will have to create a .xinitrc file with your favorite text editor and put one line in it....
    That's odd: I didn't need to do that last week when I emerged Gnome. 'startx' worked out of the box....
    Maybe it has to with differences in the make.conf file.
    But when I emerged kde and tried startx, topic here .
    Maybe gnome is the oddity, who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxhippy
    That's helpful-I like xfce4....could I use emerge to get that?
    Code:
    emerge xfce4
    Then,

    Code:
    echo "exec /usr/bin/(xfce bin file here)" >~/.xinitrc
    Thats a quick way you can do from the terminal, if you dont want to do any actual text writing.

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    use:
    Code:
    emerge -s xfce
    to search for the proper name for xfce.
    Here's why Linux is easier than Windows:
    Package Managers! Apt-Get and Portage (among others) allow users to install programs MUCH easier than Windows can.
    Hardware Drivers. In SuSE, ALL the hardware is detected and installed automatically! How is this harder than Windows' constant disc changing and rebooting?

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    I beleve the proper name was "xfce4"...

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