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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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