Linux Kubuntu - my new sofa machine

Moin Moin, after having some fuckups with Windows XP and not having the ability to code in a well known environment, I decided to trash Windows XP and install Kubuntu. Why? ‘Cause it’s nice. It brings all the advantages from Ubuntu based on Debian and has the really cool looking KDE. I never used it before but after some hours working and looking at it, I am satisfied. I have a RaLink RT2500 WLAN adapter onboard and also a PCI Buffalo card. No problem. Kubuntu offers the option to install the drivers in the Application Launcher > System > Hardware Drivers. Cool! Next step was to get the grafic chipset work. Hm - that costs me some google searches but it’s also really simple. The openchrome driver is on board by default since Ubuntu 8.04. The only thing I had to do is activate it and write some extra stuff into the xorg.conf. By the way - I have one of those Via Unichrome PM800 onboard grafic chipsets. Here is what I had to change in xorg.conf:
$ vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Configured Video Device"
        Driver          "openchrome"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Monitor         "Configured Monitor"
        Device          "Configured Video Device"

        Subsection "Display"
                Depth           8
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600"
                ViewPort        0 0

                Depth           16
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600"
                ViewPort        0 0

                Depth           24
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600"
                ViewPort        0 0
        EndSubsection
EndSection
After that stop the display manager kdm and restart it. That’s it. Take care if you find stuff concerning the Via Unichrome driver. This is really all you have to do. No complicated installation processes as described a lot. So for me this is really a cool Linux. I am going to setup the rest of my needed stuff and then forget about all that never ending installation nights … Andy

Published: May 22 2009