Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

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Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

Postby Absent Minded » 2009-12-15 08:27

I am not sure if I am just getting old or becoming senial but I can't remember for the life of me how to set the default Desktop Environment (DE) when not using a display manager. Every time I have Gnome and KDE installed and need to load my GUI from the command line interface (cli) I get Gnome instead of KDE even though I thought I had KDE as my default DE. I put this question here as I think it will be helpful to a new user. So far I have tried punching my question into Google but I must not be wording it correctly as it doesn't seem to come up with anything relivent. If someone would point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.

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Re: Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

Postby eric1959 » 2009-12-15 08:47

http://www.go2linux.org/how-to-install-startx . Could give you an answer ?!
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Re: Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

Postby Absent Minded » 2009-12-15 09:45

Thank you Eric1959 I will have a look.
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Re: Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

Postby refracta » 2009-12-15 12:05

update-alternatives --config x-window-manager
update-alternatives --config x-session-manager
and/or
use a .xinitrc file too specify what you want to start
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Re: Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

Postby Absent Minded » 2009-12-15 23:17

Thank you refracta
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Re: Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

Postby Polaris96 » 2009-12-17 21:30

Thank you, Absent Minded. I just want to express solidarity- I "live" in CLI and have recently been brutally confronted with the fact that I'm basically a novice in all things GUI. It's heartening to see that people even smarter than me (thats a big compliment :) i'm pretty damned brilliant! Just ask I'll tellya so) occasionally need a push with GUI configs. (swear I feel like a freshman anytime I need to tweak X)
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Re: Loading a prefered DE with just the startx comand.

Postby Absent Minded » 2009-12-17 21:57

Thank you Polaris96, I accept that complement with admiration. I have found a great many of your posts very helpful indeed.
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