Total newbie: What's after installation?
Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P.
kdk at daleco.biz
Fri Nov 21 18:21:41 PST 2003
[cross-posted in attempt to change forums....]
Mazen S. Alzogbi wrote:
>It's my first time using FreeBSD so wish me luck! :)
>I installed the OS, logged on as "root" and I have now the prompt in front
>of me, now what? I installed Gnome but the system didn't reboot using the
Luck is heretofore wished! And, if you've much experience
with other CLI environments, prepare yourself for one that's
rich with possibilities, even without a GUI. I can read the web,
write docs, e-mail, listen to CD's or mp3, without my GUI if I
wish. And try 'host xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx' on that "other system" from
Redmond! (/me grins evilly)
>How can I make it do that?
There's been some discussion lately about asking questions
on -newbies instead of -questions. I'm trying to move your
your message there, also. But I'll give it a shot.
If you've done your XFree configuration, you might try
This will process your ~/.xinitrc file, and at the very
least should start the X Window system.
Placing the line:
at the end of .xinitrc is one way to start the Gnome
environment. You can use this file to start anything
you wish when X starts ... other WM's, or specific X
windows programs, including there geometry and
GDM or any number of other various "DM's"
(display managers) that run under X (kdm, xdm, etc.)
would be another way of getting things going.
I don't use a graphic display manager. "startx"
from the shell's always been good enough for me.
Or, if you want, you could modify your ~/.login
to run "startx", which in turn would run a Gnome-session
if so ordered by .xinitrc ....
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