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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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Starting X11

There are two basic methods for starting the X windowing system. You can choose to have Linux start up directly into X, presenting you with a graphical login screen. In doing this, you gain the advantage of experiencing Linux entirely in a graphical system. For details, see the System and X Session Control with Display Managers section later in this chapter.

You can also choose to log in to Linux in text mode, and then manually start X. If your Linux machine is going to be used primarily as a server, you may want to choose this option. This gives you the flexibility to run Linux without the overhead of a graphical system if necessary.

Using the startx Command

After installing Linux and the X Window System, you can use the startx shell ...

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