"Some of us just can't seem to get enough. Whether it be food,
drink, and um, or, you know...stuff. For some people, that's true
of their desktops. It is with this rather fumbled introduction that
I welcome you, one and all, to yet another week of gratuitous
window dressing here at the "SysAdmin's Corner", where too much of
a good thing is just about right."
"Let me first begin with this brief non-paid, non-political
statement. Ahem...I was the victim of an outdated style guide!
Thanks to everyone who helpfully pointed out that it is X window
and not X-Windows. I appreciate that you took the time to write and
try to save me some embarrassment. As it turns out, I already knew
this, but my last two columns were corrected according to a
somewhat flawed editorial style guide. Last I heard, the Linux
Journal staff were holding a bonfire and roasting marshmallows on
"But we were talking about not getting enough (X, that is), so
let me get back to this. In order to explore this state of more,
you will need to be able to log in and out of X fairly readily. If
you use a login manager like xdm, gdm or kdm, you might want to
start your desktop with startx instead. Then, when you leave X, you
return to a text console and a command prompt. On my Red Hat
system, I can decide to use the graphical login manager (or not)
based on this entry in my /etc/inittab file."
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