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  • XF86Config file (Score:2, Interesting)

    by mary.poppins (3530) on 2003.12.15 4:23 (#26545) Homepage Journal
    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" ...
                    DefaultDepth 24 ...

    and make sure X is using the right frequencies for your monitor, by looking at the /var/log/X* file.
    • 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.