Laptop Diaries III

I'm stuck on something tricky, so I've been mucking around with easier stuff.

I'm struggling with X-Windows under Solaris. The X-Sun window system comes up with Gnome at 800x600 pixels, so I need to work through the log file. I've tried X86 with the xf86config file but on a cursory review of the log file some of the drivers are in different places and X can't find them. I've not really had the time required to finish this. However Ulf Andreasson has been helping with this and he's discovered the this notice at X.org and discovered that Solaris X86 does not yet have agpgart support in the kernel. He also found this link at intel which documents an XF86 config file. I need to check that the X.org notice does mean that 1024\*768 is not on, so I'll hunt this down for another couple of hours (not immediatly however), and see if any colleagues have some magic. I know that the card will not support a denser screeen; 1024x768 is as large as windows allows. In my previous laptop diary, I documented aDell C400 (Red Hat 7.2) page at www.linux-laptop.net. The early versions of this page documented a patch to the drivers and the cause of the problem, placing it firmly in the system designer's domain. The video card is designed for price.

Meanwhile for those of you who less interested in Solaris or more interested in progress I have been making the Windows/Linux window system look pretty. My previous Linux build used Ximian Gnome which seems to have fallen into Novell's shopping basket. My pristine Red Hat 9.0 is running using Gnome and I checked out the following sites, www.gnome-look.org, its sister site, www.kde-look.org and art.gnome.org. Some of the newer KDE themes look particularly good, so I may give them a try.

For windows, I have downloaded some of these wallpapers. These include /dev/urandom, which claims to be an electronic green styled wallpaper, based on kde 1.X photon theme. I also got hold of one of the Misty Trees and a dolphin based wallpaper. (Links take you to www.kde-look.org pages. Also, (on XP) I always implement a windows classic theme; my screen is 1024x768 and I don't want the big fat bars that come with XP. I also reduce the font size and muck around with the colours to match the wallpaper. I'm using /dev/urandom on windows.

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