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Please bear with me, as I'm not an avid user of Linux. I recently attempted to update XFree86 on a laptop running RH Enterprise 3. Xfree seemed to install ok. The grahpical Red Hat login screen appeared normally. I was relived to find that xwindows was running. Unfortunately, when I logged in I was greeted with an xterm terminal and the xsm window. I tried selecting GNOME, but same thing happened when I logged in. I'm thinking that it's simply not running a windows manager.. but I'm not sure if it's worth downloading GNOME or KDE to possibly find that it still doesn't work and still be out of an answer. Any suggestions?

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I tried selecting GNOME, but same thing happened when I logged in.

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but I'm not sure if it's worth downloading GNOME

Wait, you tried starting GNOME without GNOME installed? and you're surprised?

Did you install the distribution's upgraded X packages, or did you just install a newer version of X?

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No, I was originally running gnome. I had planned on downloading so I could reinstall gnome because I do not have discs for RH Enterprise 3. I attempted to update, but I don't have access information to update RH Enterprise (I'm working on it for a professor.. the CS dept. has it).. so that seemed like it was out the window.

My solution was to install Fedora (the RH was a clean install, nothing lost).. but I'm still curious as to what happened.

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