Internet and sharing: two keys to the effective use of GNU / Linux

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This article was written by a friend of The Cuban Free Software Community for GUTL Portal and I want to bring it here with you to show you one of the many advantages of using Free software: "Share".

By: Delio G. Orozco González.
Historical Archive Director.
Manzanillo of Cuba.

These lines are written on a branded laptop HASEE, with a video card: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10) , one of those rare inventions that leave our heads burning; the operating system that gives it life is Debian 6, the word processor is LibreOffice 3.4.4 and to my joy the resolution is the native of the artifact: 1280 × 800.

When it came to my power, a version of Windows XP I had never seen, it was one of those many customizations, I think in the way of the neglected, which undoubtedly helped us at some point because it was not necessary to crack them. Addicted as I am to the philosophy of SWL, not a fanatic, that from fanatic to "fanatic" -said with wisdom a friend already deceased-, there is no more one step, I decided to erase the invention of Bill Gates and install the creation of Ian Murdock; well, thanks to solidarity (read share), first of Alberto Garcia Fumero and then Abel meneses and his colleagues at the Regional Headquarters of the UCI in Granma, I have the updated repo of this magnificent distribution of Linux; and needless to say -they already know from their own experience-, having a repo a day is, in the SWL world, having 90% of the battle won.

With the iso of Debian 6.0.1a in hand I started my task and everything was joy until the moment I tried to change the screen resolution from 14.1 inches, well of 800 × 600 did not happen. In a display of such dimensions and with this resolution, part of the windows are outside the work area, it is necessary to constantly move the scroll and the diffuse shape of the letters and graphics is not at all gratifying. So I went to my repo, installed as many drivers as it had in its description "sis" but it was all in vain; I then looked for a file that had something similar to "Xorg", however, I did not find anything, except some files in / usr / share / doc that they did nothing from an active point of view, I think.

Then the decision could not be other than to write to the list of GUTL and, personally, colleagues who I believed could help me. My writing was answered; But none of the solutions worked, and it couldn't work because it wasn't a question of settings, but of drivers, "but I didn't know it", as an old Enmanuel song says; However, the information provided was useful because I learned new things and believe me when I tell you: knowledge is neither heavy, nor excess, nor takes up space and is always worth it, it accompanies you wherever you go and unlike soap, the more you use it, the more it thickens.

Applying the trial and error learning system, I uninstalled the xerver-xorg-vesa and voila !, the graphical interface disappeared because although the video device is produced by Silicon Integrated Systems, does not work with him xerver-xorg-sis what the system brings; but, with that of vesa. Well, somehow I had to learn you will say, and again I reinstalled Debian 6; before, I tried with Xubuntu 10.04, with customization of Debian with LXDE what our colleague Félix Pupo did; but nothing, not even the first screen appeared.

So, I looked for information on the Internet and got a driver that I quickly and quickly installed in the laptop; i rebooted hopefully but it didn't work either, there was a conflict that killed the GUI again. The level of frustration was such that it led me to a desperate decision: install Windows 7 Servipack 1 because -as they say-The large size of this OS is due to the wide variety of drivers it supports; however, with the card 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10) produced by Silicon Integrated Systems the thing is not so easy, the people of Silicon Valley only managed to bring the resolution up to 1280 × 768 and the definition of the letters was not optimal, it was to be expected, the manufacturer made it to 1280 × 800.

At this point, an idea undermined my spirit: "I will download the driver for Windows and sell the happy HASEE", after all, with the money resulting from the act of buying and selling I could try to acquire a computer that would give less headaches and make using Linux more enjoyable; In spite of this, and since I recognize that a bird in hand is worth a hundred flying, I decided to make one last attempt. I then got hold of an iso of Molinux Zero, Spanish minimalist distro inspired by Puppy Linux, and what would be my surprise to see that he managed to bring the resolution to 1280 × 768 with a definition of the spelling much higher than that provided by Windows 7.

I felt satisfaction for the achievement, I made the comment on the list of GUTL and, of course, I received the encouragement of my friends. Now, with high spirits, I went back to the Internet and found at the address, (Brazilian page), the article titled "Driver SIS 671/771 + Xorg not Ubuntu Lucid Lynx"; Luckily, Portuguese is a Romance language, derived from Latin like Spanish, and unraveling what was said there was not difficult; Furthermore, the explanations supported by commands and routes made the task easier.

The author of the post, Jakson Galeti, offered the link to download the drivers for 32 and 64 bit depending on the architecture, in a file that does not exceed the 265 Kbytes (Windows weighs between 17 and 18 Mbytes), compacted in a file tar.gz. While the solution was offered for Ubuntu, I felt in my heart that it could also work in the parent distro, and so it was, I managed to get the rebellious card to assume the optimal resolution of 1280 × 800.

This is not a scientific article and should not be lapidary in postulating conclusions; However, the experience described shows as a corollary that sharing knowledge and accessing it through the Internet becomes a first-order variable for effective use of GNU / Linux; Has he forgotten how Torvalds made his idea public and the project was born? Sure yes, I will thank Galeti for his contribution and I will put the tutorial on the wiki of GUTL because I know that many colleagues do not have access to the Internet and sharing knowledge and information becomes the nodal structure of our philosophy and because if it were not so, these lines would be poorly titled.

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  1.   patrizio santoyo said

    Great article, hopefully everyone will think and act like that, since that is how I have learned little by little to use Linux.
    I cannot fail to mention that I visit this blog every day as it is very helpful to me, to find out and solve problems that arise in my Debian.
    The work you do is magnificent: "from Linux".

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Welcome patrizio santoyo:

      Thank you very much for your comment, really 😀

    2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Thank you for visiting us and giving your opinion, really 🙂

  2.   AurosZx said

    Interesting anecdote. This just shows that you don't have to do like many users who come from Windows, that some distro doesn't work for them the first time and once they put Linux aside. If you want something to work, don't take it for granted, do your part too.
    Congratulations to the author from me, really very good story 😉

  3.   Carlos-Xfce said

    Something like this has happened to me too since I've been on Linux. At all times I felt identified with the one who wrote the article, heh heh.

  4.   Rayonant said

    The truth is that this is the good thing (although some will also say the bad thing) of the world of GNU / Linux, there are always ways to make things work, someone somewhere will have already tried it, and even more so the lot of things you learn by the way. As a previous comment said, I felt identified and the title phrase fits perfectly, since without the internet it is possible that all this would be terrifyingly complicated.

  5.   Joaquin said

    Very nice story. Do not give up.