Linked by Clinton De Young on Sun 27th Oct 2002 18:15 UTC
Debian and its clones After reading many of the posts regarding the recent OSNews story, "An Unbiased Review of Debian 3.0", I thought this article may be useful to those who would like to try Debian, but are a little intimidated by its installer. Several of the posts to the above mentioned story indicated that Debian's installer was a huge hurtle for many people, who would otherwise like to try it. I have found Debian to be the most useful flavor of Linux, so I wanted to write an easy, though somewhat long, walkthrough in the hopes of allowing a wider audience to experience first hand this stable and unique Linux distribution.
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RE: Sharth
by Clinton De Young on Mon 28th Oct 2002 18:07 UTC

comment number dos! You can not run graphical programs from a normal user's login by default. what you want to do is this. run xterm. su to root. and then type <<cp /home/<user you logged in as>/.Xathority ~/>> Then run the program you want to run.

I am aware that you can't run graphical root programs when logged in as a regular user. This is for security reasons. What you are suggesting breaks that security. That is why I wrote that you should open another xterm and as the regular user type "xhost +" at the prompt (or you can just do this before you "su" to root). This way, you can allow root to run graphical applications when you want to, but you can also maintain the default security of not allowing root to run these apps. Either way works (and there are other ways as well), but I chose the "xhost +" method when writing my article.