Hi guys, first of all I am new here and although not really new to Linux I am only just starting to learn some of the finer points of X and how to make a really optimised system.
I have recently switched to Gentoo and built a really fast and clean 2.6.16 kernel from the vanilla sources tree. I have always favoured Gnome as my primary WM/Env but have recently started doing lots of Win VM work and need a super lean and powerful WM to run behind the VMs for presentations and times when the clients and team really need to see the VM running as fast as I can…
Hence I immediately harked back to F(rugal?) which I have not used since it was a selectable option in the early days of red hat … I didn’t really understand the differences then and now I am keen to have FVWM and Gnome/Metacity as my p;rimary environments. The Gnome2.14/Metacity is working really well for my day to day familiary environment but I wouldn’t put it past FVWM to become my local hig performance wm.
But (it was always coming ) I can’t work out how to start the thing.
I want to start from very basics - after all, all I really need to start with is a terminal to launch vmare on the laptop screen and go to full screen. At the moment I am selecting a custom session from gdm when I need to have a lean backend to my VMware session.
I have emerged fvwm and I have a large xorg.conf file designed for xinerama/mergedfb for metacity/gnome and an rc.conf file that specifies GDM and Gnome as my desktop managers and XSESSION.
I have no conf available in my .fvwm directory and looking at the fvwm directory in /usr/share/fvwm there are heaps of confs with descriptive names appended.
Reading the man I can see the order of confs that the wm will look for and yet whatever I do I get a message at the command line that I cant grok and google has not really helped.
# fvwm [FVWM][main]: <<ERROR>> couldn't open the display
Sorry this is not exact message since I am at work and in Gnome with a VM going and can’t interrupt my session to see the error exactly again.
I have been following the Gentoo Howtoo and looked at several FVWM sites for some basic help but still come up confused.
I know it is basic and will continue to search but I thought I’d come to the source and make a fool ish noob of myself anyway - I hope this is not too preemptory a post. I am searching and researching