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BSD Today: Using NetBSD (part 2): Configuring XFree86 and installing a window manager

Jul 31, 2000, 19:18 (1 Talkback[s])
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"I've been installing NetBSD on a test machine and configuring it to be a basic desktop system. So far I've installed the OS and set up my modem and PPP. In this article I'll cover my experiences configuring XFree86 and installing the Ice window manager."

"The first step to configuring XFree86 is to determine what type of graphics card you have and what the capabilities of your monitor are. I suggest that you open up your computer and write down all the information that you can find on your card. Your monitor's capabilities can usually be found in your monitor's instruction manual. After getting that information, reading the README.NetBSD, README.mouse, and QuickStart.doc files located in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/doc will help you with the configuration."

"The window manager that came with NetBSD (twm) was pretty dull so I decided to try the Ice Window Manager because I heard it had some nice features but didn't use a lot of resources. I downloaded the package from the NetBSD site and installed it. I then had to tell XFree86 to use that instead of twm. I copied the default xinitrc file from /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xinit to my home directory as .xinitrc so my changes wouldn't be system wide and replaced twm with icewm. Then I started X and was greeted by a brand new window manager."

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