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Old 05-02-2004, 11:42 AM   #1
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GNOME 2.6.0/XFree86 4.4.0 installation questions and Mozilla...


Hi,

now I've finished polishing 'a bit' my LFS system I want to install the GNOME 2.6.0 desktop, but i'm a bit disoriented on how to do it properly...

I mean... I know this will probably sound quite stupid, but...

1. In order to install GNOME, must I install XFree86 (in this case, 4.4.0) first?

2. I've seen the Mesa graphics library on the internet, and it looks quite good for OpenGL programming but... in my kernel configuration, I have the DRI interface support for XFree86 activated. However in the hardware support list I can't find any option for NVIDIA chipsets, in my case a GeForce2 MX/400 and if i want to obtain support for OpenGL, it's supposed to exist the need for a concrete driver for the DRI, right? or am I wrong? what exactly do I need to setup the DRI and Mesa library correctly?

3. I've seen on the Mozilla page the only-browser software Firefox, currently in it's 0.8 version, but... is this version stable? must I expect any kind of problem during usage of this browser? I've downloaded both Firefox 0.8 and Mozilla 1.6, and I want to know if I must install mozilla 1.6 before installing Firefox 0.8 or maybe Firefox is 'stand-alone' and doesn't need any library or file from Mozilla 1.6?

Thanks in advance,
Julio
 
Old 05-02-2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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Well, for gnome you need xfree86 (or XOrg). Don't know about the versions...

Firefox is standalone. I've been using it for sometime and it's my favourite browser. More stable than IE even thought it's not a final release yet. And it's free.
 
Old 05-02-2004, 01:35 PM   #3
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Hi,

The versions doesn't matter for me, it's just my intention on having the latest versions for my system, just that

Thanks for the answer (hope someone gives me a piece of light on the OpenGL support, tough)

Julio
 
Old 05-03-2004, 05:22 AM   #4
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If you have a NVIDIA video card, you can't make use of DRI. Download the drivers from their website and read the README/INSTALL file. You can also check out the http://dri.sourceforge.net/.
 
Old 05-03-2004, 06:17 AM   #5
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Hi,

Thanks for the response...

I see... so I must use the NVIDIA propietary drivers to be able to obtain support for OpenGL right? I mean... when using the NVIDIA drivers is there no need for DRI but some kind of driver support from their.. binaries? or must I forget the idea about having OpenGL support for my card? It would be a pity not having it

Julio

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Old 05-04-2004, 06:37 PM   #6
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If you have an Nvidia card don't enable DRI in the kernel. The Nvidia driver module from the Nvidia site is the way to go. http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d..._1.0-5336.html It will install OpenGL hardware acceleration for 3D graphics that's much better than Mesa, so don't install Mesa. You may need Glut though, so compile it separately. Details http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-mini/....html#INSTGLUT
Firefox rules. How can you not be using it already?
 
Old 05-05-2004, 01:53 AM   #7
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Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the response. Well... that ease my work, so I won't have to install Mesa and activate DRI support for XFree86 in the kernel video configuration, pretty good

So why am I not using Firefox already? well, just because I haven't installed any graphical desktop yet, for now I'm using WinXP to browse the internet and to be honest, I thought on installing Lynx before any graphical desktop installation procedure

But now I've solved my main concerns, I'll go for it, so as soon as I have my brand-new and pretty GNOME desktop running, I'll install Firefox...

By the way, seeing nobody has answered to my (maybe stupid, I'm beginning to think, and it's my fault) post about 64bit LFS... If I modify the Makefiles of every package I download and change the CPPFLAGS or CCFLAGS variables to include the -march=k8 directive, will it compile the package in 64bit mode? or maybe I'll need (when I get my hands on the laptop) to do something more than just saying it I want it to compile in 64bit?? too many 32bit dependent code?

Julio
 
  


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