A short post that is not about SUSE; it’s just something I had to get done. BackTrack starts by default in text mode, it the intended behavior. If you’d like to have a GUI that starts automatically, read on.
1. make sure you have KDM installed
dpkg --list kdm
It should be there, it’s installed by default. If you use Gnome, you need GDM, that is not installed by default, so install it this way:
apt-get install gdm
2. remove the “text” option in /etc/default/grub
Edit this line and delete the “text” option
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text splash vga=791"
3. update grub.cfg
By now, you should have KDM on your screen. It’s going to appear when you reboot, too.
And since you’re here, maybe you also want to configure this:
Remote connection through VNC
1. install tightvncserver
apt-get install tightvncserver
2. edit /etc/services
Add the line below. You might want to do it at the proper sorted position, by port number.
vnc 5900/tcp # TightVNC server
3. add this line to /etc/inetd.conf
vnc stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/bin/Xvnc Xvnc -inetd -query localhost -once -geometry 1024x768 -depth 16
4. enable the service to start at boot
It’s not converted to upstart, it’s still sysinit
update-rc.d openbsd-inetd defaults
5. enable Xdmcp in /etc/kde4/kdm/kdmrc
Go into section [Xdmcp] and enable it
6. allow login
Edit /etc/kde4/kdm/Xaccess. Remove the comment sign (#) from the beginning of this line:
* #any host can get a login window
7. start the service