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Daniel
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« on: June 02, 2009, 05:06:04 pm »

In the lilo boot menu, what is the difference between "Linux" and "Linux-gui"? They are two different options. Also, at the end of the VL installation process, it says to run "Linux" first to finish setting up stuff. What is the difference? Or is there no difference?
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 06:03:37 pm »

In the lilo boot menu, what is the difference between "Linux" and "Linux-gui"? They are two different options. Also, at the end of the VL installation process, it says to run "Linux" first to finish setting up stuff. What is the difference? Or is there no difference?

When you run VectorLinux, you have the option to boot into the GUI mode or into text mode. In text mode you start your default window manager by typing startx at a prompt. In GUI mode you boot into a login for your default window manager. In VASM and LILO you choose what mode you want to boot into automatically.

When you set up LILO, "Linux" will boot into your default mode and desktop environment. But suppose you chose text mode as your default but want to boot into GUI mode automatically this time? You would then choose Linux-gui in your LILO boot menu. Or suppose you chose GUI mode as your default but you want or need to boot into text mode this time? You'd choose Linux-tui and would wind up at a text login. This is very important when you need to modify something like your video driver if you're having problems with your X configuration. If you change your default window manager in VASM as user or change your text or GUI runlevel, you don't have to redo LILO, as those changes will automatically happen when you boot with LILO.

It doesn't matter whether you choose "Linux" or Linux-tui or Linux-gui when you're booting into VL for the first time after installation, but it's easier to just say choose "Linux" than to go into a complicated explanation.
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