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    Default Can I login to xbmc - without the desktop enviornment?

    I'm using opensuse 11.1 KDE 4.3 beta, and I'd like to setup an alternate login for a "media center" account. Ideally I'd be able to login to an account named xbmc (/home/xbmx/) and it would load xbmc in fullscreen and logout when I exit xbmc. Is this possible? If so, can anyone offer some tips?

    *I'm actually shooting for HULU from an article I found at linux.com (Compiling Boxee 0.9.11.5777 on openSUSE 11.*) but I'll go one step at a time.

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    Camalen NNTP User

    Default Re: Can I login to xbmc - without the desktop enviornment?

    sexyclient wrote:

    > I'm using opensuse 11.1 KDE 4.3 beta, and I'd like to setup an alternate
    > login for a "media center" account. Ideally I'd be able to login to an
    > account named xbmc (/home/xbmx/) and it would load xbmc in fullscreen
    > and logout when I exit xbmc. Is this possible? If so, can anyone offer
    > some tips?


    Just an idea...

    For what I have read about this application (xbmc) it seems to be a "media
    player", right?

    Well, in that case, I think you can login with your "xbmc" user and launch
    that application, making it fullscreen. Once you get it as you want just
    *save* that session, manually, in kde.

    Before doing this, you have to setup kde in order to "restore manually saved
    sessions" (this is done under control center or user settings).

    By doing this, whenever you login with that user, the media player will be
    launched the same way.

    THT...

    Greetings,

    --
    Camalen

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    Default Re: Can I login to xbmc - without the desktop enviornment?

    I've thought of that, but I'd prefer not to load anything (especially the time-and-resource consuming K desktop enviornment) except XBMC so the load would seem instantaneous -- kind of like ICEWM is when I boot IceWM instead of KDE. If I could (automatically) boot IceWM and XBMC in fullscreen w/o switching manually that would work nicely.

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    Camalen NNTP User

    Default Re: Can I login to xbmc - without the desktop enviornment?

    sexyclient wrote:

    > I've thought of that, but I'd prefer not to load anything (especially
    > the time-and-resource consuming K desktop enviornment) except XBMC


    But I think you need at least a "minimal" X configuration / environment in
    order to run XBMC :-?

    > so the load would seem instantaneous -- kind of like ICEWM is when I boot
    > IceWM instead of KDE. If I could (automatically) boot IceWM and XBMC in
    > fullscreen w/o switching manually that would work nicely.


    Well, yes. You can setup a user to load any lightweight desktop (xcfe or
    IceWM) by default, enable autologin and then configure the media player to
    load at session start.

    Greetings,

    --
    Camalen

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    Default Re: Can I login to xbmc - without the desktop enviornment?

    Sorry for the thread necromancy!

    I don't know if this ever got worked out, but for the sake of posterity, here is a link to a Ubuntu solution to this problem. Working it out on openSUSE shouldn't be too much different.

    [LINUX] HOW-TO make XBMC for Linux auto start on Ubuntu - XBMC Community Forum

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    Default Re: Can I login to xbmc - without the desktop enviornment?

    Quote Originally Posted by aross1 View Post
    Sorry for the thread necromancy!

    I don't know if this ever got worked out, but for the sake of posterity, here is a link to a Ubuntu solution to this problem. Working it out on openSUSE shouldn't be too much different.

    [LINUX] HOW-TO make XBMC for Linux auto start on Ubuntu - XBMC Community Forum
    Sorry to perpetuate the necromancy, but in case anybody else stumbles across this thread in a search:

    You don't have to do anything to login to xbmc without a desktop environment as xbmc automatically installs an alternate environment when installed. Just logout, and then choose "xbmc" as your session at the login screen.

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