6 entries tagged debian

1024x768@85 please

This is the first time I have used a Linux system with a display manager -- that is, a program whose job it is to run X and log me in. I have run the xserver-xfree86 configuration many times in an attempt to persuade it that my monitor can handle a refresh rate over 70 Hz. At 70 Hz I find the shimmering of the display uncomfortable. Checking the file /etc/X11/XFree86-4 it definitely appears to have changed. But how do I restart X so that it takes notice of the new configuration file? Read more

Demand-dialled modem configuration on Debian (Sarge)

Debian GNU/Linux has excellent configuration dialogues for almost every aspect of the newly installed operating system. One fly in the ointment is that -- just as when I installed Red Hat 6.1 six years ago -- they do not account for people who might want their sysem to automatically dial up to the internet on demand. (For the sake of Google, I mention the terms auto-dial, autodial, and intermittent connection.) Read more

Migrating my website workspace, part 1

My website is maintained by a rather complex amalgamation of software, accreted over generations. Having migrated it from my old desktop lickity to my new(ish) PowerBook Ariel, I now want to migrate it again to my new server Tranq (a Tranquil PC T2); this will allow me to use cron to keep some parts up-to-date automatically. Read more