under debian even if you install some form of desktop such as MATE Gnome2 – /usr/bin/xinit is NOT installed.

not needed i guess.

so i you want to enjoy the most minimal and RAM saving GUI in the world with the famous „cross-hair“ you go:

apt-get install xinit xterm; # install xinit and xterm binary
init 3; # go into no gui mode
xinit; # start the thing

exit; # end xinit

manpages:

xinit.man.txt

xterm.man.txt

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