Re: X-Windows questions
Markus Lechner <Markus.Lechner@munich.netsurf.de> writes:
[About window managers]
ML> Which of them are not beta?
twm and mwm and a couple of variants have been around since the
beginning of time. Also, I would consider the older (1.24) version of
fvwm "not beta".
ML> Which of them are how stable?
Despite being tagged as a beta release and having BETA prominently
appear in its version number, I've had fairly good luck with fvwm2
(it's never crashed on me). I don't know about any others.
ML> Whats the thing with those color-tables (Afterstep needs a lower
ML> resolution than fvwm with the same amount of colors, right)?
AfterStep and WindowMaker I think both like to draw gradients in the
title bars of windows. While this is pretty, if your display can only
show 256 colors (8 bpp server) you're going to run into problems
eventually. This is particularly true with programs like Netscape,
which "need" every color available on your system.
ML> And when i open many pictures under X-Windows, it sometimes happens
ML> (during excessive swaping) that the computer does a hard-reset.
Are you running a watchdog timer? If your system gets so hosed that
the watchdog process can't run at least once a minute, the system will
reboot. The other possibility is that you are running out of swap
space and something will then not work.
ML> Ctrl-Alt-Fx is neccessary to switch back from X to another
ML> terminal and Alt-Fx can only be used when switching between
ML> text-terminals. Why?
Probably so that Windoze junkies can set up Alt+F4 to close a window
without switching virtual consoles. I've just gotten used to
Ctrl+Alt+Fn _always_ switching VC's, even between text consoles.
ML> I'd like to run X-Windows on almost every Terminal (except the
ML> first one) on my Computer. How to configure the system (or what
ML> do i need to know for that case) to bring up a xdm/kdm login on
ML> every terminal except the first?
If you _really_ want to run ~11 X sessions, you can essentially copy
the last line in /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers 10 times, incrementing the :0
at the start of the line each time. In my experience, switching
to/from/between VC's running X is fairly slow, particularly compared
to switching between text ttys.
ML> How to configure the system to use APM-Energy saving
ML> cappabilities? (APM work's, when leaving a normal Text-Terminal
ML> unused, but not in X)
You need to add APM support to the kernel. If you're talking about
the monitor automatically shutting itself off, though, this is
different; it's called the Display Power Management System (DPMS) and
is only really dealt with by the X server. You need to add a line in
the "Display" sections of your /etc/X11/XF86Config file:
Option "power_saver" # <-- Add this line
Having done that, you can set up when the monitor shuts itself off
using the "xset" command.
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