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From GUI to Text: A Windows User's Guide to Running Linux without a GUI


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by Whil Hentzen
Length: 11 pgs
Formats Available: PDF
Press date: 2004/7/28
Source code: N/A

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Abstract

Most folks who are moving to Linux from Windows use distributions that by default have Linux start up with the GUI. All fine and good, but one side effect is that they often get stymied when they need to boot Linux to a text-based interface. This document describes how to perform a number of basic tasks in Linux, using only the text-based interface.


Table of Contents

1. Preface
1.1. Copyright
1.2. Revisions
1.2.1. History
1.2.2. New version
1.2.3. Feedback and corrections
1.3. References and acknowledgments
1.4. Disclaimer
1.5. Prerequisites

2. A 60 second explanation of Linux runlevels

3. Getting Linux to load to a text interface

4. Logging in without the graphical login screen

5. Logging out

6. Switching users
6.1. Using the su command to switch to become root
6.2. Using the su command to switch to become another user
6.3. The sudo command
6.4. Multiple sessions
6.5. Determining the current session and user
6.6. How sessions are defined

7. What programs can you run from text?

8. Loading the GUI when in text mode
8.1. Multiple sessions with the GUI

9. Getting back to the text interface from the GUI

10. Shutting down from the text interface

11. Changing the runlevel during startup

12. Where to go for more information


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