ThinBSD with other videodriver

Francois Tigeot ftigeot at
Tue Jun 15 11:54:09 GMT 2004


On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 11:06:31AM +0200, Martin Nilsson wrote:
> I installed thinbsd on to a flash card yesterday only to find that I had 
> a trident Cyberblade video in my tiny diskless client.
> What is the best way to change the driver? Are only the via driver 
> compiled and included in mfsroot.gz ?
> I found a reference to the via driver in one configure script in the 
> Xorg port, can i just change this to trident and build a new Xserver?

Yes, you should do this.

This line overrides the XF86CardDrivers line in xc/config/cf/ in the
X11 sources; the complete list of drivers can be found there.

You will also have to replace "via" by "trident" in xorg.conf.

> There should be some convenient way to change the video driver and 
> Xconfig file (for instance, I have a swedish keyboard, not a french!).
> Maybe it would be better to have a more complete Xserver available and 
> then just pick the parts that are needed and put them into mfsroot.

The server should be fairly complete, but in my quest to reduce X footprint
to a minimum I removed all video drivers but one.
You should try to add 'trident' to the XF86CardDrivers line, recompile
the port and replace /usr/X11R6 in the ramdisk by the new files in

For the keyboard part, this is purely a matter of configuration.
Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf in the ramdisk and replace "fr" in the line
containing "XkbLayout" by "se".
> Also if booting by PXE are there some way to specify differenet mfsroot 
> files depending on the device booting, I have many different kinds of 
> thin clients available.

There isn't. This is on my TODO list, but I haven't found a good way to
do it yet.

> Thanks for a good start, I already like ThinBSD much better than PXEs linux!

You're welcome :)
We originally started ThinBSD because we didn't find the existing projects
I will try to recompile Xorg-thinbsd with both via and trident drivers; if
the new X server is not too big, I will update the binary snapshots.

Francois Tigeot

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