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    question about /etc/init.d/xdm and desktop environments


    Hi...
    two quick questions:
    1) are window managers and desktop environments 2 different things.
    For example is Metacity a desktop environment or just a window manager?

    2)if a X display manager is not already started do you start it with /etc/init.d/xdm or /etc/init.d/xdm start?

    Thanks

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    forum.guy
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    Hello and welcome to the forums!

    You can read up on any differences between desktop environments and window managers here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_environment

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_manager

    On the other question, I don't use a display manager on my own machines, but would be interested in hearing what happened when you tried each of those commands, if you don't mind me asking?
    oz

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    This is a great post that explains the difference
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    Quote Originally Posted by dksellou View Post
    For example is Metacity a desktop environment or just a window manager?
    I've always considered Metacity to be a window manager but wikipedia has an entry on that, too, if you are interested in knowing more about it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metacity
    oz

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