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I've installed Kali Linux from a mini ISO network install on VirtualBox. I then installed xfce and ran startx on root account.

apt-get install xfce4
apt-get install xfce4-goodies

xfce starts perfectly. I logged out from xfce. I then created a new user:

useradd everyone
passwd *******
mkdir /home/everyone
chown everyone:users /home/everyone

I log in with new user and startx:

login: everyone

When I run startx as another user than root, the screen blinks and goes back to the command line again. I tried XDM but when I switched the user, the issue persisted.

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Do you have ~/.Xauthority file for you user? Also, why you are chowned home directory to this group? – loadaverage May 17 '13 at 9:23
Daniel, please familiarize yourself with our formatting options. There's no need to use HTML – and note that you need to indent code with 4 spaces. Thanks – slhck May 17 '13 at 9:50

I had the same problem and solved using adduser instead of useradd.

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