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28747Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Next distro?

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  • ken
    May 24, 2007
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      On 05/24/2007 11:51 AM somebody named Douglas S. Oliver wrote:
      > ken wrote:
      >> On 05/23/2007 01:51 PM somebody named Douglas S. Oliver wrote:
      >>> ken wrote:
      >>>>> B/W terminal.
      >> The standard way to do this has always been to edit /etc/inittab,
      >> changing the line
      >> id:5:initdefault:
      >> to
      >> id:3:initdefault:
      >> (changing the runlevel from "5" to "3").
      >> Does Ubuntu deviate from this tradition/standard also?
      > The answer is a simple yes. This is what I was trying to say, though
      > clumsily, when I said that everything except run level one is linked to
      > run level four or five. For example, if you telinit to run level 3, you
      > wind up back at the initial gui log in screen. The same is true if you
      > use <ctrl><alt><backspace>, which would normally kill your gui session
      > and drop you at a text terminal. You might be met with an admonishment
      > that "only root can to that." Ubuntu is really set up for folks used to
      > MS Windows. New linux users should normally stay away from acting as the
      > root user. There's simply too much power there; however, for an
      > experienced linux user, being forced to stay away from becoming root, is
      > an annoyance. And I should say that my Ubuntu 7.04 has no inittab file.
      > I think an earlier version did have that file, and I tried changing the
      > initdefault which because of the soft linking business, had no effect. I
      > think a while back I tried teliniting to run level one and then using
      > startx to get an X session. From there I could use
      > <ctrl><alt><backspace> to pop out of the gui to the terminal. Silly way
      > to do this. That's when I learned from a web search about the disabling
      > the gdm in rc3.d. Anyway, it's been fun to play with this newcomer on
      > the block. Talk to you later--Douglas

      Wow! Thanks for the explanation. Ubuntu's too weird for me, too far
      off from unix. The search goes on.

      "This world ain't big enough for the both of us,"
      said the big noema to the little noema.
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