Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fuduntu is seeking freedom?

I never liked Ubuntu and Fedora . Not because they are bad distributions but due to a personal reason that both of them normally force you to reinstall after every new release unless you try their upgrade option which failed for me on both distributions on many occasions . I like to install and configure a distribution according to my needs and then keep upgrading the packages on routine basis and never worry about reinstallation unless some major disaster strikes my system and kills everything .

My choice of installation is commonly known as "rolling-release" and Arch Linux is the best example of a such a concept .

Fuduntu has recently joined the rolling-release distributions list and I was tempted to install it .

Things are smooth on Fuduntu except for the nvidia free driver which did not work for my GT240 Nvidia card as usual so I had to use vesa .

For Nvidia non-free driver I followed these steps

1 : su --- > root

2 : yum update & yum install akmod-nvidia

3 : open file manager as super-user and go to /etc/X11

there you will find 2 files

a )  xorg.conf

b ) nvidia.xorg.conf

Open the nvidia.xorg.conf file with a text editor and copy all its contents into file xorg.conf replacing the contents of file xorg.conf

Add following lines into the  xorg.conf and now it should look as below

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Videocard0"
    Driver      "nvidia"

Section "Files"
    ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia"
    ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"

Delete the file nvidia.xorg.conf and reboot , and nvidia non-free driver will work fine for you as it it for me . I think I am going to use Fuduntu for a while and see how better it gets as a rolling-release distribution with time as the Fuduntu development team promises.