Lunar Linux:DesktopEnvironments

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Desktop Environments


Minimal Installation

Once you have sucessfully completed the installation of the ISO and the tasks described in man lfirsttime what you are left with is a pretty minimal installation -- this is deliberate! Lunar Linux now gives you the power and the freedom to customize your system to your own specific needs.

  • If you want to set up a lean, mean server you don't have to uninstall lots of things and hope that you have closed all security holes, you have a secure system on which to build. You probably don't need to read the rest of this article either.
  • If you want to set up a full desktop environment, or a light-weight window manager, then you still have a little work to do.

Explicitly install X first

Even though Lunar Linux isn't aimed at new Linux users and assumes that you have some idea what you are doing, many people installing for the first time forget to install X first. Wait! I hear you gasp, Isn't X installed automatically? Why not? The reason is simple: adding the dependency tracking to all modules that might need to use X would be an awful lot of work, would lead to a very dense dependency tree that would be hard to manage, and would affect all users, even if they wanted to run a lean, mean, headless server. And as Lunar users are supposed to know what they are doing, you should also know that if you want to run graphical applications, you should first install the graphical environment.

You don't need to install all of the X components one by one, although you are free to do so if you really want. Lunar Linux provides a profile module called XOrg7 that is a sort of dummy module that doesn't do anything itself, but it depends on a lot of other modules. Installing a profile module therefore installs all of the modules that it depends on. To install a "standard" X environment simply:

 lin XOrg7 ; lin additional drivers...

You can find the additional drivers under /var/lib/lunar/moonbase/xorg7/drivers, or run lvu section xorg7/drivers.

However, this doesn't install all possible X applications. There are some, like xterm and xhost, that you will need to install manually.

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