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Re: [trinity-users] Running GUI programs as root in 14

From: Lisi Reisz <lisi.reisz@...>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:49:55 +0100
On Thursday 13 August 2015 01:17:34 Roy J. Tellason, Sr. wrote:
> On Wednesday 12 August 2015 05:56:09 pm Lisi Reisz wrote:
> > On Wednesday 12 August 2015 19:16:22 Roy J. Tellason, Sr. wrote:
> > > I don't remember ever being offered that option when I installed.  Nor
> > > a few other things that I was used to,  like being able to configure my
> > > network as opposed to the installation just using DHCP because it found
> > > DHCP on the network.   :-(
> > >
> > > Where is this option available?  Or was I supposed to install with some
> > > specific invocation that I missed?
> >
> > It is a question asked during the install.
> >
> > As far as I can remember, having a root log-in is default, but you are
> > offered the chance to refuse.  But I have only installed Jessie twice, so
> > may be misremebering it, because that is certainly what happens in
> > Wheezy.  But I certainly had no problem installing with root.
> It may be that it asked me if I wanted a root login to be created during
> the install process,  is that what you're talking about?
> > How, with what, and with what .iso, did you install?
> The DVD I used is in the drive at the moment,  I was looking over some doc
> files.  It's the first one you can download for the 8.1 release.
> I'd downloaded 7.0 a while back (hard to believe that it's been a couple of
> years already!) and tried to install that one on my workbench computer, 
> which was not successful.  That machine has Slackware, Ubuntu,  and a
> couple of others on it that I was taking a look at.  Then I downloaded 8.0
> more recently,  and tried to install on this workstation on my desk,  but I
> ran into some issue or other,  I can't recall just what offhand. 
> Thankfully I had also downloaded a "live" DVD and booting into that one and
> using the install option there worked.
> I managed to trash my first install pretty good,  and had to re-install. 
> The second one also went fine,  and I then proceeded to install a number of
> software packages that I want to get to know and to use.  One of the first
> was mc,  I'm just used to using it.   :-)  Also some CAD packages and
> assorted other technical stuff.  So I'm at the point where I'd really
> rather not have to go through all that again.
> I selected several desktop environments so I could evaluate them and see
> what they were like,  figuring that I'd add TDE to the mix.  I just haven't
> gotten around to that yet.
> I'm used to booting into a textmode console on my machines,  and doing
> "startx" to get a GUI going.  The default here seems to be to boot into the
> GUI,  and I don't recall being offered a choice about that,  either.  I
> know how to go in and fiddle with inittab,  but now I'm reading that this
> setup uses something else entirely,

Welcome, or otherwise, to the world of systemd. 
> so I've gotta figure that one out too. 
>  I'm also used to being able to log in as root,  and use a GUI as that
> user,  and that hasn't worked out as well as I'd hoped either.  At this
> point I can select a number of different desktop environments with the GUI
> login screen as a regular user,  but logging into a text console as root
> and then doing startx I am stuck with Xfce,  which I find limiting.

 I would expect you to be able to just uninstall the dm (gdm3? kdm?), boot 
into the command line, log-in as whomsoever you wish, and startx.  ISTR that 
you can put the GUI you want to boot into from startx in an x conf file 
(.xsession?  probably not).  I did this once, but it was ages ago and my 
memory is fading.

> The 
> darn games don't even seem to work!
> I do have my network shares mounted,  which is strange because I see a
> failure indicated during the boot process,  yet they're all there.
> TDE is pretty high up on my list,  as I'm used to KDE 3.x,  which is what
> I'm using now on this laptop,  with Slackware 12.1 under the hood.  Can you
> tell I'm not usually in any big hurry to upgrade?   :-)

If you are a KDE3-aholic you'll love TDE.

FWIW, all those seem minor and soluble to me.