RE: muLinux and Beyond.

From: Doherty, Gord (
Date: Wed Jun 30 1999 - 13:57:45 CEST

I have done essentially what you want to do. I am running a 486-120, with a
1 Gb Hard Drive (partitioned into small partitions for experimental
I am running with a 2Mb Paradise video card, and a high resolution Panasonic
monitor. I am running a modified muLinux in SVGA mode at 1280 x 1024
resolution, 256 colours. It looks superb !

First, you will have to obtain an SVGA server (XF86_SVGA), the one in
muLinux is only VGA. Put the SVGA server into /usr/X11R6/bin. Then change
the link X@ to point to the new server XF86_SVGA.

Make sure your video card is at least 1 Mb, and your monitor able to handle
the higher resolution.

For your information I used the following workaround to get muLinux to work
with SVGA server and PS/2 mouse.
1. In order to invoke the PS/2 mouse, I included "xf86config" in
"startx". This of course sets up muLinux to work with VGA server, but does
get the mouse functional.

2. The next line of "startx" copies the XF86Config I really want to use
from "/etc/X11", thus overwriting the one just created by the muLinux
"xf86config". The lines in "startx" look like:

        cp /etc/X11/XF86Config /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XF86Config

3. I used the XF86_SVGA server from Redhat, and Redhat's "xf86config"
which I renamed to "xf86configure". Using "xf86configure" I can now
create XF86Config independently from muLinux's "xf86config".

I now have a version of muLinux, running SVGA at 1024 x 768, 256 colours and
it occupies
only 9Mb. Not a very aesthetically appealing approach, but it works !

[Doherty, Gord] l -----Original Message-----
> From: Oli Norwell []
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 1999 3:22 PM
> To:
> Subject: muLinux and Beyond.
> Hello all,
> Recently I downloaded and succesfully installed muLinux. I was very
> impressed by how easily it installed and with a bit of fiddling about I
> have
> now got X-Windows working. I am new to Linux and am impressed with it, I
> have used the "Clone" command on my PC and now have a copy of muLinux on
> my
> HD. I have set it up with 64mb swap file.
> But what I want to do now is to somehow use X-Windows in 256 or more
> colours
> and at a higher resolution (800x600). Id also like to be able to install
> some of the programs that I have downloaded from But these
> are all source distributions and I don't have GCC to compile them with. I
> don't want to re-partition my harddisk to install a new fuller Linux and
> are
> happy with muLinux, is there anyway I can do all this with muLinux.
> Any help is greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance.
> Oli Norwell.
> "Linux newbie!"
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