Starting lightdm in text mode

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Mar 10 10:19:16 UTC 2022

Hi John,

I fail to see how not having lightdm installed cane prevent you to start Mate.

Here (Slint, not Debian), after having selected Mate as desktop with the
session-chooser command, just typing startx starts Mate.

Then from Mate just pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 through Ctrl+Alt+F6 make you switch one
of the consoles (tty2 through tty6), keeping Braille in all environments.

You can also switch back to Mate pressing Alt+F7 and also switch to froma a
console to another one (number n) pressing Alt+Fn.

Anyway you could post in the debian-accessibilty mailing list to get help on
Debian specific issues.

Didier Spaier
Slint maintainer

Le 08/03/2022 à 12:31, Linux for blind general discussion a écrit :
> Hello,
> I use Debian in command mode. Until about a year ago, when I booted  up, lightdm would start in text mode and ask for user and password. It would then start Mate with Orca. I could use the GUI by pressing Alt+F7. Then it suddenly started setting the screen to not-text mode. 
> To be able to use the machine in my  primary uses I had to disable lightdm. This meant that I couldn't use Mate. I just switched to Windows for a GUI. How can I configure lightdm to not put the screen in grap;hics mode and to again ask for username and password in text mode where brltty can handle them. Then start the GUI in tty7.
> Thanks,
> John

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