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December 6th, 2008, 10:04 AM
We usually use GDM/KDM login, then use GNOME/KDE desktop. We run the openoffice.org/firefox/xterm ..etc..

In the run level 3, I login the console without GDM/KDM.

Could I start openoffice.org(GUI) under the command line?

It like startx, but no GNOME/KDE. Just only run openoffice.org.

I just run only one program(openoffice.org, firefox) at once.

It may save more memory and cpu at my low performance computer.

Could you tell me how to do? Many thanks!

December 6th, 2008, 12:30 PM
why not just install a simple window manager instead of a desktop?
what kind of specs are we talking here?
openoffice is demanding, but there are lighter alternatives, so you can use a gui normally.

i'm using a old 450mhz 256mb laptop, i'm a running debian lenny custom install, just installed the base and built up from there.

December 6th, 2008, 07:14 PM
I suggest to use a lighter desktop environment (Xubuntu for example) or a standalone window manager.

Alternatively, run this:

startx <program>

It starts the X server with <program> as the root window.

December 7th, 2008, 03:22 PM
Thank you for your suggestion.

startx <program> really work!

I will try the 2 ways

1. xfce + gnumeric/abiword

2. startx openoffice.org

December 7th, 2008, 08:03 PM
"startx openoffice.org" won't work, just to make sure. 'oowriter' or 'oocalc' are the commands, as an example for Writer and Calc.