Originally Published: Sunday, 2 January 2000 Author: Allan Jason Pasco
Published to: news_learn_firststep/Firststep News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

The Linux Diaries. Entry 4

Today our own AJ Pasco takes a look at Enlightenment, a very eye-appealing window manager. He also tries his first adventure in kernel-editing, and installs a frame buffer bootlogo.

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The Linux Diaries, Entry 4 By Allan Jason Pasco

Welcome back readers. I am very sorry that I took longer than ususual to put in this entry. I have been very busy during the holidays and I just got over having the flu. For the past week, I have been trying to make my laptop look cool. Some newbies and dedicated windows users believe that Linux will never look as cool as Windows. Some still believe that Linux is all command line. The first step to making my laptop look cool was to get a nice looking windows manager. I decided to give Enlightenment version 16.3 a try. Before actually installing Enlightenment, I had to upgrade and install some libraries that Slackware lacked. All the libraries can be found at the ftp sites displayed at the enlightenment website. I also had to remove the old enlightenment version that I had installed on my computer. It was not hard installing all the required libraries and enlightenment. All I had to do was compile them. Jumpstart.linux.com has an article on compiling software. If you have never compiled software into Linux, I suggest you read it. After compiling, I created a ".xinitrc" file in my home directory and typed "exec /usr/local/enlightenment/bin/enlightenment" in it. This allowed me to bypass KDE as my default desktop environment. I then typed "chmod +x .xinitrc" at the command line and then started X. I was able to start Enlightenment. I really liked it. It was eye catching and easy to use. There are other window managers that you can also try.

Next I decided to compile some software into my computer. There are lots of programs you can find on the internet. I installed two types of mp3 players. One called GQMPEG and the other XMMS. I also added a cd ripper called cdparanoia, an mp3 encoder called bladeenc, and a GUI for these two programs called ripperX. After I installed some games such as GTK-Pool, Quake, blackpenguin and Heretic. Then I compiled AbiWord, a text editor, and nmap, a security tool used to find any open ports that I may have on my system which can be scanned by scriptkiddies.

Lastly, I recompiled my kernel to add framebuffer support. Adding a vesafb display driver allows Linux to display a logo at boot up. Enabling framebuffer support was not hard. The framebuffer HOWTO explains all the steps of installing the driver into the kernel. After I finished compiling the kernel, I configured lilo.conf with the "VGA = ASK" parameter and ran lilo. Then I rebooted Linux. I entered "0301" at the VGA prompt and a penguin logo was displayed at the upper left corner. After the boot up, I changed the "VGA = ASK" parameter to "VGA = 0x0301" so I would not have to enter any VGA modes at startup. Now the next thing I must do is change the logo. Till next time, I bid farewell, have fun and good luck. Remember there are many programs that make your desktop look nice and fun.

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