XFREE 401 INSTALL
submitted by: Collins Richey (email@example.com)
Many thanks to other contributers listed below.
This procedure has been tested on eDesk2.4
(full install) with KDE 1.1.3 (unmodified). My pc is a k6/2 300
with 64M memory and SiS 530 video card. Except as noted below,
I encountered no errors. I do not use run level 5, but I assume
this will work also.
This is a plain and simple step-by-step.
Please refer to the XFREE 4.0 INSTALL item for more extensive
Getting the source
Mike Andrew has had good results with the
sources supplied by Douglas Hunley. I, myself, used the
standard Xfree86 sources at the following url. Since this is
the pristine source, you will be positioned to apply patches,
You need to download the following 3 files
to your favorite download directory. The download takes 3.5-4
hours on a 56K link.
Installing the source
- Take whatever steps you need for backup.
I have an alternate bootable system on my pc, so I ran the
install cold turkey. YMMV.
- su to root
- copy the 3 tgz files to /usr/src and
unpack (tar xvfz eachone)
- remove the 3 tgz files
- cd to resulting directory xc
- read the INSTALL.TXT file, if you like. I
got these steps. from the Easy Build Instructions. I modified
no config files.
- make World >& world.log. If
curious, switch to another konsole/xterm/etc.and tail -f
/usr/src/xc/world.log. This step runs about 1hr20mins on my
- make install >& install.log. If
desired, tail -f as above.
- make install.man >& man.log. If
desired, tail -f, as above.
- Unless you are really curious, you could
delete the log files, if everything worked.
Prepare to run XFREE
- run xf86config and answer the questions -
yes to write to /etc/X11/XF86Config (the new home for the
- preserve your old /etc/XF86Config file,
if desired, but in any case you must
ln -s X11/XF86Config XF86Config
- if you try startx now, it won't work
(missing libXaw library). You must do the following to
rebuild the loader configuration data.
- Now you can startx or kde and enjoy. I
did not need to reboot.
- Mike Andre reported
for redhat systems you must delete the reference to font
servers in that file, specifically
- Andrew Matthews reported the correct
syntax for getting a Wheel Mouse to work
# Identifier and driver
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping""4 5"
- Mike Julien reports
For those running 3dfx Voodoo 3 2000-3000 card the new
drivers at http://linux.3dfx.com work very well with
4.01..Quake3 plays very well with them...with XFree86 3.3.6 I
could manage 51fps (with the display options all turned
off)...with 4.01 I managed to get 45+fps ...so I guess the
it's comming along pretty good.