[linux] Support for OSes with programs

Cliff cliffo at u.washington.edu
Tue Dec 14 17:58:51 PST 2004

I can comment that you don't need to recompile for Nvidia support in
Debian. There are 2 packages you'll need to get...nvidia-kernel-<kernel
version> and nvidia-glx. If you do 'apt-cache search nvidia' you should
see the list of those and other nvidia specific things.

Then it's just a matter of tweaking your XF86Config-4 file to use the
binary driver and you should be set!


Pavel N. Krivitsky wrote:

> Hi Garret,


>> Just wondering what the support's looking like (mostly how recent

>> are the available versions) for some of the binary distributions

>> (Slackware, Debian Sarge, NOT Redhat, Fedora, or Mandrake though) in

>> terms of supporting Gaim, Firefox, Xorg, KDE/Gnome/XFCE, mplayer, and

>> xmms. I'm just having a lot of random issues with Gentoo as of late

>> and wanted to see what other available options there were other than

>> going back to Windows.



> I run Debian, with a mix of testing ("Sarge") for most packages and

> unstable ("Sid") for a few for which I actually need the very latest

> version. Setting up Debian to install testing by default but use a

> package from unstable if explicitly asked requires a little bit

> editing configuration files but is very straightforward. (I can send

> the files, if you want.) A package management program called

> "aptitude" is your friend, since it keeps track of which packages were

> installed by request and which as dependencies.


> mplayer requires adding another package repository (again, editing

> configs a little).


> nVidia support requires recompiling the kernel (I think), but that's

> not hard (since there is a "package" that downloads and installs the

> nVidia sources and modules and a program ("make-kpkg") that builds

> Debian packages of a compiled kernel and modules). It might also

> require rerunning the xfree86's configuration program.


> You can look up package versions in each branch at

> http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages#search_packages .


> I hope this helps,

> Pavel

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