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RE: Help Installing



I tried running those commands that you suggested and it could not find the
apt-get install kde kdm packages. I looked into it further and found this
site. http://www.kde.org/documentation/userguide/installing-debian.html What
are Debs? Should I do what it says? It looks like it is an older version of
kde. In other words, how do I install KDE from the linux command prompt?
Thanks your help.

Tad Dixon
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From: xfree86-admin@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:xfree86-admin@xxxxxxxxxxx]On
Behalf Of Lance Duivenbode
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2005 12:59 AM
To: xfree86@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re:  Help Installing


Hi Tad,

Good to hear you got X running. Your friend is right in some respect -
XFree86 is not a GUI or as they are generally known as in Linux - a
Window Manager. KDE is a window manager but it requires XFree86 to run
since KDE (like every other Window Manager) is not able to access the
your computer's hardware directly. Therefore, XFree86 provides access to
your display and control hardware (mouse, keyboard, video card, etc)
whilst a window manager is responsible for organising how your windows /
programs are displayed.

Coming from a Microsoft Windows or MacOS perspective I can understand
this may be a little daunting but once you get used to the concept it's
not that difficult.

Now, since you appear to be quite new I'd suggest you install both KDM
and KDE. KDM is a graphical login manager, and can be configured to load
X automatically when you boot. Once you login using KDM, it will
automatically start your default window manager (which should be KDE).

To do this from the linux console type the following as root or a
superuser (<ENTER> means to hit the ENTER key):

    apt-get update <ENTER>
    apt-get install kde kdm <ENTER>

Be aware, KDE is quite big so it could take some time to get the
packages if your internet connection is slow. It's well worth it though
since it's quite easy to use. Make sure you choose KDM as the default
display manager when prompted by the configuration process.

Also, a couple of tips. If you ever need to quit X and don't know how
(i.e. you've just got a screen and no mouse pointer or something has
gone wrong with your window manager) you can force it to quit by
pressing the CONTROL, ALT, and BACKSPACE keys all together. If you
started X from the command line, you'll be dropped back there or if it
was started by KDM, a new copy should be started for you. Secondly, you
can always get back to a console by pressing CONTROL, ALT, and <F#>
together  - where <F#> is  either the F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, or F6 key.
After you've finished with the console and if X is still running you can
get back to it by pressing CONTROL, ALT and F7 together.

Anyway, I hope that helps you a little, feel free to repost if you need
more help.

Cheers,
Lance

Tad Dixon wrote:

>I figured out how to run those commands. I was just told by a friend that
>xfree86 is not a gui. Is that true? I was able to run XFree86 -autoconfig.
>It brought up a screen and mouse pointer only. I had to shut the computer
>down. It would not do anything else. If XFree86 is not a gui, what the hell
>is it? Thank you for your help. I would love to keep in touch as I learn
>about all of this. My friend tells me to forget about XFree86 and get KDE.
>What do you think.
>
>Thanks
>Tad
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: xfree86-admin@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:xfree86-admin@xxxxxxxxxxx]On
>Behalf Of Lance Duivenbode
>Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:47 PM
>To: xfree86@xxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: Re:  Help Installing
>
>
>Hi Tad,
>
>I'm also running Debian (testing) and I've also had some experience
>running on laptops so perhaps I can help you. What commands are you
>trying to use?
>
>By the way, to start X you will need to type 'startx' at the console -
>not 'xStart'!
>
>Lance
>
>Tad Dixon wrote:
>
>
>
>>I am installing XFree86 on my laptop. Pentium Three with Debian. I got
>>XFree86 Intstalled and now I am trying to run the configuration and I cant
>>do it. It will not recognize the command. I also tried hitting xStart and
>>that does not work either. Please help. What directory should I be in?
>>
>>Thanks
>>Tad
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