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SuSE Linux 7.0: Decent Graphics in VirtualBox

Posted 01-18-2020 at 10:45 PM by wagscat123
Updated 01-18-2020 at 11:29 PM by wagscat123

SuSE Linux 7.0 was released September 27, 2000. It has a notable place in my experiment to run all fixed released versions of SuSE Linux in my experiment as it's the first to run with remotely decent graphics.

I was able to download a full version of the distribution from, and test both KDE 1 and an upgraded GNOME 1.2. Both GNOME and KDE look beautiful and feature complete for their times. To start GNOME or the KDE 2 preview, I had to select the Failsafe option in kdm, and type "gnome-session" or "kde2" into xterm. The stable KDE 1 remained the default KDE version for SuSE Linux 7.0. KDE 2 crashed a few times, but seemed to have most of its features implemented. Its bizarre top left X button was fortunately dropped by the final release though. I was also able to play with a slightly newer version of Netscape Communicator and the SuSE's tour of its distribution.

To get graphics, I passed the option "vga=773" at boot time (i.e. type "suse vga=773" at the boot prompt) to get the maximum 8 bit 1024x768 that SuSE Linux 7.0's drivers allow. The default runlevel was set to 2, so that I could log in as root and run "kdm" since I could not figure out how to change the default display manager from xdm to kdm.

If installing SuSE Linux 7.0, be sure to re-run SaX2 and have it create a new default configuration after booting with the boot option "vga=773" entered into the boot prompt. After setting the OS to Linux kernel 2.2 in the VirtualBox New VM wizard, there were little hiccups with set up and installation. If a 1024x768 doesn't resolution suit your needs, you can pass a different VGA mode from here:

Back one, SuSE Linux 6.4:
Next up, SuSE Linux 7.1:
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