Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2007 21:09 UTC
Linspire "Freespire, the free as in beer version of the Linspire Linux distribution, this month released Freespire 2.0, the first version of the operating system based on the popular Ubuntu distribution, and the first to contain proprietary codecs and drivers. Despite its attractive appearance, it left me with mixed feelings."
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RE[3]: Poor review
by da_Chicken on Tue 21st Aug 2007 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Poor review"
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Debian (and, hence, also Ubuntu and Freespire) includes a debconf script for configuring Xorg. From the command line you can run this script by typing "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" as root (or add sudo to the beginning in Ubuntu & Freespire). Debconf can be configured to use a GUI (gtk or qt) frontend by typing "dpkg-reconfigure debconf" ("sudo dpkg-reconfigure debconf").

There's also a GUI frontend to this dpkg-reconfigure command, called gkdebconf. In Ubuntu you can find gkdebconf in the "universe" repo. To make gkdebconf look a bit nicer, GNOME users can also install the libgnome2-perl package and KDE users should install libqt-perl.

Freespire could install gkdebconf by default and add it to their menu, so users don't need to touch the command line. Of course, you need to know the technical details of your hardware before you can successfully configure Xorg even via a GUI tool. The next Xorg release (or is it the next xserver-xorg release?) should add an improved autodetection of display hardware, and this is probably the ideal solution to Xorg configuration problems.

I also noticed that Ubuntu plans to add a new GUI tool for configuring some Xorg settings, like the graphics driver, screen resolution and the number of monitors. Apparently this new GUI tool is not ready for common use yet.

The Ion window manager seems like a strange choice in Freespire. It's easy on the system resources but new Linux users might find Ion a bit difficult, I suspect. Ion is great if you learn the keybindings but it's not exactly designed for point-and-click use.

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RE[4]: Poor review
by Robocoastie on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 04:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Poor review"
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yea that script screws things up a lot though. You'll find on the Ubuntu message board that the dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg script doesn't work for everyone so you'll see many tips about just editing the xorg.conf file by hand.

Interesting note though about Ubuntu considering adding some GUI. I dunno, I find the command line Linux's strength and so often I can get things done faster in it.

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