10 September 2004

X.org 6.8 is Finally Running!

Posted under: at 19:22

After several hours compiling and waiting for a chance to restart X, finally I got X.org 6.8 running with drop shadow and transparency. These are what I did to achieve that under Gentoo Linux.

  1. Unmask X.org with these lines under /etc/portage/package.keywords:
    =x11-misc/ttmkfdir-3.0.9-r2 ~x86
        =x11-base/xorg-x11-6.8.0 ~x86
  2. Install X.org at least with these (new) USE flags: dmx xprint
  3. Edit your config file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf), and add the following lines:
    Section "Extensions"
            Option "Composite"  "Enable"
            Option "RENDER"     "Enable"
  4. Also add Option "RenderAccel" "on" on your Device section, mine is like this:
    Section "Device"
            Identifier  "NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 (AOpen)"
            Driver      "nvidia"
            Option      "DPMS"  "on"
            Option      "RenderAccel" "on"
  5. Emerge both xcompmgr and transset, both are ~x86 masked, I took the easy way by emerging the ebuild files.
  6. Run xcompmgr -c to enable drop shadow. I just put symlink to it under ~/.kde3.3/Autostart.
  7. You can make a window transparent by executing transset, and then clicking on the window you want to make transparent.
  8. Enjoy!

Thank to all the folks that posted various information at Gentoo Forums.

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