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Old 27th January 2020
Jovan Jovan is offline
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Default Problems with startx command

Hello, I just installed netbsd for the first time, ive never used any bsd system before. It boots up fine, i log in with the root username, and since i dont really know how to use the command line interface i try starting the gui with startx command. The screen goes blank for a sec and a little white square with purple dots in it appears in the top right corner with the rest of the screen being black. Ive left it like this for like an hour so it probably isnt just loading. Im hoping someone can help me with this issue, thanks in advance
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Old 27th January 2020
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Please, don't take this comment as being dismissive, or unwilling to help you
specifically with starting x.
All the BSD's have very good documentation.
On NetBSD's website or almost any where on the web you should find docs
guiding you on fetching iso, install requirements, configuration, package additions,
window managers etc. Generally You will have to learn to edit some configuration files
to setup the system you want to have. Examples are Window managers, editors,
packet filtering, general user software etc. If inerested in learning and using BSD
longterm you probably will need to get somwhat knowledgable with command line
editing of user and system configuration files.

You could also start off with a linux distro that is much easier to learn such -> as
"Linux-Lite" See Distro Watch for info on these, where you have access to both gui out of the
box and terminal command line interface.
systems.

I hope this helps.....

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...i log in with the root username, and since i dont really know how to use the command line interface i try starting the gui with startx command.
Never start the X server as root.
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Old 27th January 2020
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During the installation, did you install the X11 sets?

If yes, what happens if you follow https://www.netbsd.org/docs/guide/en...-configuration?
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