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I've set up home server, which doesn't have to be as powerful as other servers, so I decided to install GUI because of applications that are alternatives to classical GUI applications in headless version requires more skill/knowledge. However, I don't want server to run GUI always at start (which gnome-desktop package does). I need some configuration in KDE/gnome/xfce (haven't decided) that doesn't start GUI after each start (e.g is required to type startx or equivalent command to start GUI)

(off topic: can you also recommend good remote-administration with GUI transport ?)

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You need to change default init level in /etc/inittab to level 3 instead of 5 (with GUI).

The line you need to change is:

id:3:initdefault:

To start gui run as superuser:

init 5
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