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Learning Red Hat Linux by Bill McCarty

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Starting and Stopping X

Now that you’ve configured X by using Xconfigurator or xf86config, you’re probably eager to see it work. To start X, type the command:

startx

Your system’s screen should briefly go blank and then you should see X’s graphical desktop. Chapter 6, will teach you how to use X effectively.

Warning

If the screen is garbled or remains blank for more than about 30 seconds, your X configuration may be faulty. Immediately turn off your monitor or terminate X by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Backspace.

To exit X, click on an unused part of the desktop and a pop-up menu will appear. From the menu, select the Exit, Logout, or Quit menu item. X shuts down, returning you to the familiar text-based interface of the Linux shell prompt.

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