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    Question KDE and Gnome together, starting without graphical interface

    Hi there, I'd like some help/advice on how to make it possible.

    I installed OpenSuSE 11 and gnome environment, although I want to have both gnome and Kde installed on the system , and i would like Linux to start on boot time with no automatic graphical environment load. I mean, i want to turn on the machine and boot Linux up to that screen with "Login: " on shell environment, so that right after typing user and password, i would have either the choice of loading the gnome or kde, or I could stay working on shell without being necessary to load neither of them.

    Is that possible to have both installed and do what I described above with no issues ?

    Any help would be appreciated,

    caop.

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    Chris Maaskant NNTP User

    Default Re: KDE and Gnome together, starting without graphical interface

    caop schreef:

    > I installed OpenSuSE 11 and gnome environment, although I want to have
    > both gnome and Kde installed on the system , and i would like Linux to
    > start on boot time with no automatic graphical environment load. I mean,
    > i want to turn on the machine and boot Linux up to that screen with
    > "Login: " on shell environment, so that right after typing user and
    > password, i would have either the choice of loading the gnome or kde, or
    > I could stay working on shell without being necessary to load neither of
    > them.
    >
    > Is that possible to have both installed and do what I described above
    > with no issues ?


    Sure.
    Launch yast and go to systemservices (runlevel)
    There click the advanced button.
    You'll see a dropdown menu, select runlevel 3 (multiuser with network).

    That's it.

    Or you could edit (as root) /etc/inittab
    Search for a line called:
    # The default runlevel is defined here
    Change the line "id:5:initdefault:" to "id:3:initdefault:"
    --
    Chris Maaskant

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    Default Re: KDE and Gnome together, starting without graphical inter

    Thanks Chris for your attention.


    I got another question regarding the services for each graphical environment.

    On debian, the service for Gnome is called gdm, and for Kde is kdm, so, if I want to start gnome i type /etc/init.d/gdm start, the same way it is for kde: /etc/init.d/kdm start.
    I was looking through the services on Opensuse and I couldn't identify the service specifically for gdm (or kde).

    What's the name of the service for gnome and kde environments?

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    Default Re: KDE and Gnome together, starting without graphical inter

    The service is xdm and depending on the chosen DE, it starts kdm or (I think, I'm not a GNOME user) gdm.

    However one normally does not run xdm interactively.

    The other thing is, you can leave the display manager running but not log on to it. Just switch to the console with Ctrl-Alt-F1 and do a text login there. The footprint of the idling xdm is pretty small.

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