[linux] Support for OSes with programs
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,
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