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Using XFree86

After you have XFree86 installed, starting it up is simply a matter of running the command from the shell. The XonX port of the XFree86 distribution suggests that you might be able to start it with startx — -aqua, but as of the version available on April 17th, 2001, this feature does not work. Instead, the software currently appears to require the invocation startx — -quartz. When started, you will shortly be presented with a dialog box like that shown in Figure 19.5. Pay attention to what the dialog box has to say. Remember, the current XFree86 implementation runs X11R6 as a completely separate windowing system; you will need to know how to switch between them, and that information is shown in this dialog box.

Figure 19.5. The Startup dialog for the XFree86 X Window System server gives you the information you need to know to switch back to the Aqua interface.



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