I have to admit there's something magical (Gentoo Linux == feeling like a kid at Christmas (sometimes))

So, last night, before going to bed, I made a wish to emerge. "Emerge," I said, "I would really like to try out the xorg-X11 package". And emerge replied with a stream of gobbledygook that means "okay, I'm working on it". Now, some 9 hours later, emerge tells me "it's done! look what I have for you", then "run etc-update", (well, it actually tells me to look in the docs, which I know tell me to run etc-update).

Running etc-update is the Gentoo equivalent of ripping off the wrapping paper, it updates your /etc (configuration) directory with the new files from the updated packages.

Having etc-updated, I typed startx, then remembered to log out of root, then typed startx again, and KDE started without a hitch. To be clear, KDE was "hitching" all over the place before I started this, the upgrade/switch apparently fixed the mime-type problems I was having.

Okay, have work to do, so must get back to Windows-land.


  1. x

    x on 07/19/2004 11:23 a.m. #

    After my previous success switching to x.org on Gentoo, i had been wanting to switch my FreeBSD to it as well. Finally did the middle of last week... it also went smoothly. And i was startled to find upon rebooting my old Radeon 7000 in this box is now somewhat 3d accelerated for the first time ever (under FreeBSD). Ha! Blazing at AGP 1x.<br />
    <br />
    Of course switching to XFree86 4.4 would have had the same effect... but apparently that's just not the thing to do these days. Poor old XFree. Reminds me of Parnassus.... <br />
    <br />

  2. Mike Fletcher

    Mike Fletcher on 07/19/2004 4:23 p.m. #

    In one of those annoying little twists, turns out that ati-gatos is dependent on the (not yet created) next release of XFree, not XOrg, so if I want that working I have to downgrade. Sigh.<br />
    <br />
    Reminds me, should create an ebuild for PyOpenGL and submit it.

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