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6. X11R6 on the Libretto

Once you have installed the RPMs, setting up the X Window System is easy. Don't bother with Xmetro -- it won't work. Run Xconfigurator, specifying the video card as a Chips & Technologies 65550, with 1 Mb of video RAM, and a ``custom'' monitor, with 640x480 resolution @ 60 Hz (the first choice on the menu). The mouse is a PS/2 mouse, and you should enable 3-button emulation. The XF86_SVGA server runs flawlessly in either 8-bit (256-color), 16-bit (64K color), or 24-bit (16M color) mode. (Xconfigurator does not configure the 24-bit mode; you must do this manually.) See my XF86Config; install it in /etc/X11 and use the startx command to try it out.

Fujiwara Teruyoshi,, points out that the Libretto's LCD displays at most 4096 colors, so that there may be little use for 24-bit mode unless you are using an external monitor.

6.1 Open Windows and XView

Now a brief digression: I did most of my work on Sun workstations for about 10 years, until I started using Linux heavily around 1994. One of the special attractions of Linux for me was its support of Sun's freely available (but unfortunately not widely used) XView toolkit, because this offered the chance to tell all of my colleagues that, yes, they could run my software on their PCs, if only they got a real operating system (Linux, of course). Since then, I've continued to develop my XView-based software under Linux. Sadly, XView has been left out of Red Hat 5.0, so I went back to my RHL 4.2 CD-ROM and installed xview (and 3 related packages: xview-clients, xview-devel, and xview-devel-examples) using the package manager. (These packages are also still available from Red Hat's FTP server, in These work without problems, provided that the update available from Red Hat's FTP site has been installed.

To use olvwm, the Open Look Virtual Window Manager, be sure that /usr/openwin/bin is in your PATH, then start X and olvwm using the openwin command.

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