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Sunday December 14, 2003
11:48 AM

Linux woes

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I created Linux (Mandrake 9) partition and installed Linux on my new desktop. Unfortunately, X failed miserably and I'm stuck in command line mode. Even after installing the driver rpm from NVidia, X windows won't start, and I don't know what I need to do to the XF86config file to make it work.

Also, I need to figure out how to disable CUPS, because it makes it hang on startup.

Bleh...

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  • You might consider firing up an irc client, hopping on irc.freenode.net, and hitting up the #mandrake support channel.

    I've been using the #redhat #perl, #vim, #mondo, and #fedora channels for quite some time and have generally found freenode to be quite friendly and informative.
  • First off -- I think NetBSD is a much nicer unix than the "user-friendly" linux distros. It is less complicated, and thus both easier to understand and more correct.

    In any case: for the XF86Config file, run:

          XFree86 [xfree86.org] -configure > /etc/XF86Config [xfree86.org]

    which probes your hardware and emits a pretty-good config file. Typically, all you have to do after that is to set your preferred resolution, by adding a DefaultDepth line:

    Section "Screen" ...
               
    • First off -- I think NetBSD is a much nicer unix than the "user-friendly" linux distros. It is less complicated, and thus both easier to understand and more correct.

      At the conference in Austin, someone helped me install BSD on my 1 1/2 year old laptop. If he hadn't been sitting there helping me along, there is no way I would have gotten it installed - it was painful. I still don't have dhcp working, despite following "the manual" the best I can.

      • What do you mean by "BSD"? One of the old releases from UCB?

        If you mean FreeBSD: I tried FreeBSD 4.X a while ago and it felt like a buggier, cruftier version of NetBSD. In particular, the 4.X rc scripts are terrible. As of 5.X they have imported the NetBSD 1.5 (fall 2000) rc system. From what I've heard, though, 5.X is really buggy.

        I assume you don't mean OpenBSD.

        If you haven't tried NetBSD, I urge you to do an ftp install and give it a whirl. Just download and burn two floppy images, boot, and fol
        • Yeah, FreeBSD 4.9 actually. I didn't realize that there was a significant difference between Net* and Free*. :)

          Well, it's already installed so I think I'll stick with it for now. Mainly I wanted it just to see what *BSD is like in general and to futz around with lkvm.