[xubuntu-users] New to Xubuntu: but I'm a startx user. how do I ditch the gui login???

Pasi Lallinaho open at knome.fi
Fri Feb 19 13:07:19 UTC 2010

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook wrote:
> I'm a multi-boot, multi-desktop kind of guy. I run Sabayon linux, elive,
> and now I just replaced kubuntu with Xubuntu 9.10 on my (amd64) laptop. I
> have to say that I like most of the user interface better than kde4...
> With all my linux installations (ever since I kde4 happened) I've been
> choosing enlightenment (either e16 or e17 depending on my mood) instead of
> kde4. Now I think I might sometimes choose xfce instead... {It's good to
> have more than one working choice one can stand to work with}
> But the thing is, for a real long time, it's been my habit to boot to a
> text based console session. Then, depending on what I'm doing, I usually,
> but don't always, choose to run startx to fire up a gui. 
> I really dislike gui logins... So back when I didn't even know how to copy
> a suitable file to ~/.xinitrc to get anything besides the default desktop,
> which was always kde back then, I learned how to kill the gui on a Kubuntu
> system via:
> update-rc.d -f kdm remove
> update-rc.d kdm stop 20 2 3 4 5 .
> And when I tried edubuntu on my old {now defunct} desktop I got the
> same result from:
> update-rc.d -f gdm remove
> update-rc.d gdm stop 20 2 3 4 5 .
> And I thought Xubuntu used gdm... But I tried the above and whatever
> bootmanager is insisting on starting the gui didn't quit... to me,
> this is very frustrating.
> So like I said in the Subject: line...  how do I ditch the gui login???
sudo apt-get remove gdm
> Thanks in advance.

Pasi Lallinaho
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