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Hello !!!
Now, I just get my Linux Operating System, it's from Debian. The question is: how can I install for my X-Window ??
   All your response will be appreciated, Thanks !!
p/s: Step by Step will be better, thanks !
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Do you know if it is installed yet?
Have you tried running "X" or "startx".

When Linux boots, it is running in a runlevel. To spare you the details, runlevel 3 is text-mode and runlevel 5 is X-window mode (it means that X is started by default).

If you are in runlevel 3 you can start X (see above).

When you have configured your X to a correct runnning environment, you can boot default to runlevel 5 if you want to. This is set in /etc/inittab
(there is probably some comment with that line about runlevel)
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by:ahchong
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yes, I have tried with X or startx, but seem that nothing has happen (I am using Debian Linux). I don't know how to install the x-window, is it true that when we install for Debian Linux, it will install the x-window automatically ?
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What you have to do for most Linux distributions is run "xf86config" or "XF86Setup" (both are case sensitive).  These processes will configure your video setup for X Windows.  You should just be able to run either one from any directory.

The difference between the two options is that xf86config is a text based script, while XF86Setup (not immediately available in all distributions) is graphics based.

After it is successfully configured (usually takes a few attempts for me), X Windows can be invoked with "startx".

Hope this helps.
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by:ahchong
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Now I got a question, I have faced a program with startx and also xdm command. when I choose to use startx to enter x-window, it seem that got many error.... oppositely, if I choose xdm as my command to enter my x-window, it will not have any problem with it. what is the problem ?
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