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Old 09-28-2004, 03:18 AM   #1
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Debian and X.org. Does anyone have a guide.


I am fairly well versed in the usage of Linux. I've been playing with it off and on for the past three years (moving from Redhat to Mandrake to SuSE to Debian). Now I think I'm finally ready to make the switch over to Linux as my primary OS (I haven't booted into Windows in almost two weeks). One of the addicting things about Linux is living on the cutting edge, which is something for which Debian isn't well known. That said, I've been running SID for a while, but I want more: I'd like to run X.org as my X server.

I'm perfectly comfortable with compiling things from source, editing configuration files, and modifying system-wide settings. What worries me is this: that the first time I upgraded my X server from source, I nuked my Linux system. (This was way back in the day while I was using Red Hat.) But now that I've invested so much time in getting my system configured the way I want it, now that I've spent so much effort switching away from Windows, the Voice of the Cutting Edge calls to me. I must run the Latest and Greatest, I must run X.org. But I'm afraid that this time, if I try to upgrade my X server and fail, I'll be forever trapped under Windows' pale gaze. My plea is this: can no man post the way to upgrading my X server? Can no man post a guide to ways of X.org under Debian?

(I'm sorry for the dramatization. I'm kinda drunk....)
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:03 AM   #2
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Even a newbie can tell you two things:

1. If you're worried about losing a working system, back it up.
2. Don't do it while you're drunk.

Best of luck with that cutting edge.
 
Old 10-10-2004, 07:23 AM   #3
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http://incubator.vislab.usyd.edu.au/...Steve/20040909

i read this link somewhere on the net, but use it. i think i will wait until i can apt-get install

and another advice: do not do that change thing at 4 o'clock in the morning.
there is no fun in kernel compiling with on-screen-keyboard at all.

astronomer
 
Old 10-11-2004, 04:02 PM   #4
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Never take the name of root in veign.
And don't take it after 2 am at all!

I sort of cofused e2fsck with mke2fs once ... *blush*
did have backups of most things, though.

@astronomer: great link
 
Old 10-11-2004, 04:36 PM   #5
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astronomer, that is a great link, but dont foget to check out X.org's website they will have the most recent updates and documentation

http://www.x.org/
 
Old 10-15-2004, 08:41 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by astronomer
http://incubator.vislab.usyd.edu.au/...Steve/20040909

i read this link somewhere on the net, but use it. i think i will wait until i can apt-get install

and another advice: do not do that change thing at 4 o'clock in the morning.
there is no fun in kernel compiling with on-screen-keyboard at all.

astronomer
Hey, thanks for the link, it seems to be pretty thorough. I'll probably give it a shot tonight or tomorrow.

Oh, and doing things at four in the morning works well for me. Let's just say that I have fewer, um, distractions when others are asleep.
 
  


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