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The display manager takes care of automatically starting the display server ( X11 ), and then prompts you to log in instead of starting your desktop environment as the user the display manager is running as ( root ). startx starts the display server and your desktop environment as you, when you are already logged in. What you are missing by not having a ...


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Yes, you can have a desktop environment without a display manager. With your setup, it is fair to say that you don't have a display manager. It is also fair to say that you don't have a desktop environment With your setup, you are not missing out anything from not having a display manager


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Running a sudo apt-get upgrade fixed my problem



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