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Configuring with the XF86configurator

Package Categories

If you prefer a listing of packages that is organized by category, Red Hat supplies the GNOME RPM window (started by the gnorpm command). This window organizes packages into the following major categories
Documentation : Contains documentation packages, which include such things as the GNOME User’s Guide, help tools, man pages, FAQs, HOW−TOs, System Administrator's Guide, and XFree86 documentation.
hanterm−xf: Contains a Hangul terminal for the X Windows system based on the xterm in XFree86 ttfonts: Contains TrueType fonts that can be used with Xfree86 and Ghostview.
  1. XFree86−100dpi−fonts: Contains 100 dpi, high−resolution fonts that can be use on X Window System displays.
  2. XFree86−3DLabs: Contains an X Window System server that can be used with video cards that include the Permidia and Glint chip sets.
  3. XFree86: Contains the basic software needed to run the X Window System in Red Hat Linux.
  4. XFree86−75dpi−fonts: Contains 75 dpi fonts that can be used on X Window System displays.
  5. XFree86−cyrillic−fonts: Contains Cyrillic character set fonts used with the X Window System.
  6. XFree86−devel: Contains components needed to develop X−based client programs.
  7. XFree86−doc: Contains a variety of XFree86−related documentation, mostly in zipped PostScript format.
  8. XFree86−FBDev: Contains the X server used for generic frame buffer devices, such as those on Macintosh, Amiga, and Atari computers.
  9. XFree86−ISO8859: Contains X Window System fonts that are used with Central European versions of Linux.
  10. XFree86−ISO8859−2−75dpi−fonts: Contains 75 dpi X Window System fonts that are used with Central European versions of Linux.
  11. XFree86−ISO8859−2−100dpi−fonts: Contains 100 dpi X Window System fonts that are used with Central European versions of Linux.
  12. XFree86−ISO8859−2−Type1−fonts: Contains Type 1 X Window System fonts that are used with Central European versions of Linux.
  13. XFree86−ISO8859−9−100dpi−fonts: Contains 100 dpi X Window System fonts that are used with Turkish versions of Linux.
  14. XFree86−ISO8859−9−75dpi−fonts: Contains 75 dpi X Window System fonts that are used with Turkish versions of Linux.
  15. XFree86−KOI8−R: Contains Russian and Ukrainian fonts used with XFree86.
  16. XFree86−KOI8−R−100dpi−fonts: Contains 100 dpi X Window System fonts that are used with Russian and Ukrainian versions of Linux.
  17. XFree86−KOI8−R−75dpi−fonts: Contains 75 dpi X Window System fonts that are used with Russian and Ukrainian versions of Linux.
  18. XFree86−libs: Contains shared libraries required for most X−based programs to run in Linux.
  19. XFree86−Mach32: Contains the XFree86 X server used for video cards built using the ATI Mach32 chip.
  20. XFree86−Mach64: Contains the XFree86 X server used for video cards built using the ATI Mach64 chip.
  21. XFree86−Mach8: Contains the XFree86 X server used for video cards built using the ATI Mach8 chip, such as the ATI 8514 Ultra and Graphics Ultra cards.
  22. XFree86−Mono: Contains the XFree86 X server used for generic monochrome video cards.
  23. XFree86−P9000: Contains the XFree86 X server used for video cards built using the Weitek P9000 chip.
  24. XFree86−S3: Contains the XFree86 X server used for video cards based on S3 chips.
  25. XFree86−S3V: Contains the XFree86 X server used for video cards based on the S3 ViRGE chipset.
  26. XFree86−SVGA: Contains the XFree86 X server that will work for most simple SVGA video cards.
  27. XFree86−tools: Contains a variety of X utilities.
  28. XFree86−twm: Contains the simple twm window manager.
  29. XFree86−V4L: Contains components that add Video for Linux support to XFree86.
  30. XFree86−VGA16: Contains the XFree86 X server used for generic 16−bit video cards.
  31. XFree86−W32: Contains the XFree86 X server used for video cards built on the ET4000/W32 chipset.
  32. XFree86−xdm: Contains the xdm X display manager.
  33. XFree86−xf86cfg: Contains the xf86cfg utility for changing your X configuration.
  34. XFree86−xfs: Contains the XFree86 font server.
  35. XFree86−Xnest: Contains the Xnest nested window server that runs within the X Window System server.
  36. XFree86−Xvfb: Contains the xvfb X server, which is capable of running on computers that have no display hardware.

How do you configure with the XF86 configurator?

The first screen allows you to select your mouse type. For each of these choices, there are a series of other prompts that ask whether you want to enable specific options. The administrator is then asked whether to enable options for the keyboard, such as whether to map the Alt keys to Meta and ModeShift for international character entry.

The next step is to set the monitor scan rates. This screen shows the prompt for the horizontal scan rate. When a selection is made, a similar prompt for the vertical scan rate scrolls on to the bottom of the screen. You must enter the information correctly. If you are unsure, use the lowest settings.

Here is the list of server classes. You will usually choose option 4 to set up a server built to use the video card's acceleration features. At this point, you enter the selection that matches your video card's chipset. From here, the process diverges, depending on constant updates from new and old technologies. For instance, with S3, W32, and AGX chipsets, you must specify the RAMDAC type.

This screen sets the common link for X to point to the server appropriate for your installation. Make sure you are confident in your selections before proceeding beyond this point. You can see how xf86config does not clear the screen within a section of the configuration, but scrolls instead.

This screen prompts for the amount of video memory. For hardware with more than 4MB of video memory, you have to choose the last option, Other, and supply the amount in Kilobytes. Keep in mind that there are 1024KB in 1MB, so, for example, an 8MB card has 8x1024KB, or 8192KB of memory.

This prompt confirms that a new XF86Config file should be written. This is your last chance to make a backup copy. If you do not have a backup or are unsure if you do, choose not to write the file. It is much better to quit, make a backup, and then reconfigure.