moving back to an old version

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at
Mon Aug 17 05:24:36 UTC 2015

You can move /etc/init/gdm.conf away from /etc/init directory and X will 
not start.
The reason why inittab and all its assosiated goodies disappeared is 
because a company called SCO Linux wanted to get some money from other 
people using system v or whatever that was called.
They had a patent on that stuff.
I do not think they ever got anything, but the rest of the Unix suppliers 
developed their own startup mecanisms in response to SCO's threts.
Obviously, if it is not gdm that starts the gui, it will be another .conf 
file in /etc/init that you will have to remove.
HTH, Willem

On Sun, 16 Aug 2015, Tim Chase wrote:

> On August 16, 2015, Kristoffer Gustafsson wrote:
>> I don't really care about the security.
> Okay, then at least with that in mind, you should be able to explore
> and play around.
>> My first Project now is to dissable gnome at startup.
>> Do you Think I will manage it?
>> I've read about, and it doesn't seem to be hard at all.
> It depends on what you mean by "disable Gnome".  If you want to run X
> at start-up but use a different window-manager, you can do that.
> Alternatively, you can swap out the "gdm" (Gnome Display Manager) for
> a different one such as "kdm" (KDE's display manager), "xdm", or
> "slim".  Finally, if you don't want X to start a display-manager
> automatically at boot, you can specify a fake one by
> modifying /etc/X11/default-display-manager (as root or with sudo) with
> a non-existent name such as "none".
> In some older iterations, they were set up so that one run-level had
> the GUI while others didn't, so you would edit (as root or with sudo)
> your /etc/initab and change the "initdefault" line to specify "3" for
> "standard multi-user mode with networking" instead of "5" (same as 3
> but also start the display-manager for the GUI).  I'm not sure why
> Debian departed from this industry standard.  So the "right" way to
> do this in Unix-likes should be to set this to 3 and be done with
> it.  Except it doesn't work in Debian.
> -tim
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