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Sunday, January 13th, 2002

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Laptop WM question
Hey all,

I have a Gateway Solo 2300 Laptop (200MMX, 32MbRam, 3Gb HDD) and I have installed RH 7.2 on it. The little sucker flies in the console but if I attempt a gui session in gnome... forget it. I am talking about a 5 - 7 minute load time and dont even get me started on running any apps. Needless to say I need a better solution.

Now, I am a total n00b in the X11 department and could use some advice. I have heard that WindowMaker and iceWM are lighter on the resources but I have failed at getting them installed. I have tried to compile the latest versions and I get that I am missing some X11 libraries. The app does not say which ones and I have found very little documentation on WM's of any kind.

Basically here are my questions:
- What libraries do I need for WindowsMaker 0.80.0 and RH 7.2?
- Which WM suits my needs best considering my hardware?
- In reference to the above question, is there enough documentation on it to assist in my install?
- If all else fails.. is there a good console word processor w/some nice features (spell check, paragraph options, etc.)?

Any/all comments are appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Detecting Monitor State
I want to programmatically detect the state of my monitor. I had assumed that xset q would tell me "Monitor is Off" when I turned it off, but sadly, it doesn't... it only tells me "Monitor is Off" when I log into a box remotely and do xset dpms force off and then check xset q. So basically, it only reports the last state you've told it to go into, or the state it's forced itself into as a result of a time delay. It doesn't actually report the state from the device.

Are there any other options?

Surely the video card knows when the signal it's generating isn't being consumed. I thought that was an FCC requirement, analogous to how sound cards don't generate a signal if there's no wire plugged in.

So assuming the video card knows, is this info available anywhere? Does the XFree86 driver feed it to any place inside X that I can query?

For the curious, I have a spare-ish computer running a monitor up in the corner of my room. When I turn the monitor off I want my slideshow application to pause so 1) it frees CPU for other tasks I occasionally run on the box, and 2) resumes the slideshow where it left off.

Sure, I could pause the app from over the network, but that's kinda inconvenient, especially when all the interface I need (a big plastic button) is already present.
The Pipe
How in the hell do I get the "pipe" thingy in the konsole? there is no key for it? Pressing alt+whatever isnt working....help/

Current Mood: aggravated
Looking for some help with setting up a samba printer in linux...
I've figured out what todo smbclient side...
smbclient '//server\share' -P -UUSER -IIP

But then i'm stumpted (i can't try much more now as the share name isn't valid.. i'll have to go mess with that computer tommorow or something)

i have no idea even how to setup a printer in linux... so the more info the better

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