a GUI look like? Well, I run Enlightenment, but this should
give you an idea. For all this good stuff, (like LICQ), it
can usually be found linked to on http://www.freshmeat.net,
I can't plug that site enough!
you ever get into trouble in XWindows, and feel you cannot
possibly recover, press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE. This will
kill XWindows, at the expense of all your unsaved work.
you need any more help, try typing "man ", and repalace
with what you want to know about.
you want to game eh?
this is where it becomes a lot of black magic. Most of the
Linux games I have seen are pretty straightforward as to how
to install, but since this is Planet Quake, perhaps it would
be wise to talk about Quake. ;)
nVidia cards had problems on AMD systems with the older drivers.
The current drivers are supposed to fix the issues with AMD
based systems so you should be OK! Just make sure you are
getting any driver better then 0.9-2! Drivers previous to
this have problems with the ALi chipset. The other issue at
stake is that the previous drivers violated the GPL. For more
information, you can check out "http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=00/05/01/0047219&mode=thread".
Everything was resolved nicely though. Linux geeks USUALLY
don't rend flesh if you apolagize nicely.... Usually. (Special
thanks to MacSlow, iCEBaLM, and phoenix of irc.openprojects.net
#nvidia for walking me though it).
ON MESA: Mesa is software rendering for OpenGL. BUT, some
drivers will ask you to install it and some things won't run
without it, even if you've installed all your card's accelerated
drivers. Therefore, it's a good idea to read your card's documentation
on www. mesa3d.org and then see if it needs mesa. If it does,
then by all means get mesa! If it doesn't, you might wanna
skip mesa. And if you are a software only person with cycles
to burn, get mesa. It won't run Quake3 but less intensive
opengl apps it will be able to handle.
you want to install mesa (people without video accelerators
or no support), grab MESA from http://www.freshmeat.net! Download
that sucker and compile it! Err...better teach you how! Since
I can't predict what window manager (like KDE) you'll use,
nor what helper apps are installed, we'll have to make due
with some command line wranglin'! Lets assume you just downloaded
MESA, and want to unpack and install it. Open up a term window
(so you get a command prompt, most of which look something
like "[RotTrout #]:"), and type this!
zxvf mesa3d.tar.gz (HINT: replace "mesa3d.tar.gz" with the
file you downloaded!)
did we just do? We invoked the almighty TARBALLer! We'll go
over some basic flags. (Really basic tar flags, it's a little
more complex then this, try "man tar" or "tar --help" to get
a complete listing as to what's going on!)
- process a gzip'd file! Anything *.gz is gzip'd!
- Verbose! Keep you posted as to what's going on.
f - use this File.
your screen will show all these files extracting, and return
you to a command prompt shortly thereafter. Now lets enter
that directory that just got created for us. It'll be the
filename minus the .tar.gz part.
mesa3d (HINT: you can type the first three letters and then
press TAB to use autocomplete. If there are more entries that
could be autocompleted and Linux cannot decide, nothing will
happen until you smack tab again, and Linux will dump a list
of entries it thinks you might want to use).
if you wanted to use literal paths, which is not required
but good if you are in some directory and need to get to another
quickly, you can use DOS style cd'ing. Just remember to use
/'s instead of \'s! To give you an example, lets say my username
is NekkedHellChick. To get to the "mesa3d" directory under
my user directory, you would use....