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Guide; DirectFB and ppc

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This guide is mainly writen for a friend trying to help him. I needed somewhere to pasebin it, but I will share anyway..

Ok, so first we need to get the framebuffer and libs.

sudo apt-get install libdirectfb-dev fbset

That should get you libdirectfb and libdirectfb-extras, and anything directfb may need.
fbset allows you to effectivly get your framebuffer 'resolution'.

Once you have got them all, run

fbset

Add what that gives out to the bottom of /etc/fb.modes .

If you plan not to use gnome at all, you will need to edit your init scripts, there is an easy debain tool for such a task.

sudo apt-get install rcconf

Once that has downloaded run sudo rcconf and remove GDM or KDM and exit.

Take a reboot.

Then try, after login

sudo apt-get install links2
links2 -g http://google.com

If you want to enable your mouse you need gpm, sudo apt-get install gpm

Everything worked here after that..I checked about yaboot, I was wrong I don't have a video option set, so I doubt you will need it.

All the above is done on Ubuntu v6.10, how ever I see nothing there that should have only been added recently to the repo's. Infact I reckon that versions of debian above [if not including] woody. All done on my iBook g4.

Let me know how you get on.