I’m trying to switch to opensuse 11 from debian lenny because certain photography-related software that I want to run isn’t available prepackaged for debian (or is years out-of-date) and also won’t compile under debian because of unavailable dependencies. I am used to working at the command line under debian and having a very difficult time coming to terms with yast.
In particular, my preferred desktop is icewm. Under debian I didn’t use a display manager. I just typed “startx” at the command line.
Under opensuse 11, when I disable or uninstall kdm and log into icewm without going through the kdm, my desktop (just a plain grey background, no image, no icons, no nothing) has a very annoying and eye-straining “tiny little cross-hatch” effect going on.
When I log in using kdm, the desktop is very smooth grey as it should be.
How do I log into icewm without using kdm, that is from the console, and not have the messed up desktop? It doesn’t seem to be a resolution issue, because images and the plain white background on a web-page display just fine. There is probably some configuration file I need to edit, but I don’t know which ones, I’m still a linux newbie (switched from windows about a year ago).
Thanks! in advance for any insight,