Graphical Display Managers

Michael Leone turgon at
Sun Apr 27 17:31:40 UTC 2008

Constantinos Maltezos wrote:
> On Sunday 27 April 2008 8:45:48 D. Michael McIntyre wrote:
>>> What is the difference
>>> between typing KDM/GDM/XDM at the command prompt and typing startx at
>>> the command prompt?
>> If you type kdm or gdm or xdm at the command prompt, I don't think any of
>> them will work.  You should use /etc/init.d/kdm | xdm | gdm to start these.
> I can't get to a console terminal without video corruption on my Kubuntu 
> machine, so of course I can't test it, but in the other distro I have and in 
> every other flavor of Linux I've used, simply typing the name of the display 
> manager at the console will start that selected display manager *as long as 
> you are logged in as root* - which, of course, you can't in Kubuntu, so maybe 
> I don't have a point there.  Except you can still probably still do it with 
> sudo.

Assign root a password, and then you should be able to log in as root. 
It's your machine - if you want to run it that way, do so. Just because 
Kubuntu doesn't provide one by default, doesn't mean you can't (or 
shouldn't) do what works best for your own situation.

I always provide a root password, as the first thing I do on an Ubuntu 
install, as I prefer to be able to login as root, or su to root, as I 
feel I need to, to manage my machine as I see best. My choice, of course.

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