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Old 07-03-2009, 01:31 AM   #1
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Debian Install works great but where is XF86Config file?

Just installed Debian 5.01 and the install went off without a hitch. But I'm a newbie trying to learn Linux and I'm trying to follow a book entitled Linux Unleashed (4th edition) and nothing seems to be where the book states it should be. For example - where is the XF86Config file. Also LILO is nowhere to be found (I did use GRUB to set up the dual boot (XP and Debian) install but I just want to familiarize myself with different boot loaders. Maybe I should just ditch this book and look for a better book to really learn what Linux is all about! Would appreciate any help or suggestions on how to learn as much as possible to become really familiar with Debian Linux.

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Stan Pasquale
Old 07-03-2009, 01:51 AM   #2
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Linux Unleashed (4th edition)
That book is too old to be much use. Look at the publication date.

where is the XF86Config file
it no longer exists - XFree86 has gone out of favour and replaced by XOrg. The config file is /etc/X11/xorg.conf ... but it does not say much because newer xservers use xrandr asd things of such ilk to autoconfigure video.

Also LILO is nowhere to be found
LILO is not so prevailant as it once was. You'll find it in the repositories.

Maybe I should just ditch this book and look for a better book to really learn what Linux is all about!
I think I've seen this on torrents too - but that would be a breach of copyright.

I got my start from the "for dummies" books - using the cds that come with and upgrading when I got proficient.

But you want anything very recent - say, published this year.


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