Is it possible to readjust the color depth of redhat kernel for example to 16-bit from the GRUB or boot up kernel one step more and my system gets dammed.

I have heard in more then one place that Linux is not a real operating system, but that it’s just a kernel.
What do people mean by this?
If it’s not an OS, then why can I boot into a graphical gui, run applications, and type in commands? Are these not the core functions of an OS?


How do i install nvidia drivers in linux?

i am running linux mandriva 2010 free. i know the kernel i have. i have tried everything i could find, and still, no geforce card working properly. i get error after error in driver installation. its a geforce4 mx 440. can i please have a walkthrough on how to get this card to work 100 percent? i am somewhat of a linux newbie, so please go easy on the technical terms.

I installed mandriva, and my disk drive got broken shortly after. So I tried to update to the newest version and nothing works, plus it stayed at Mandriva 2009 instead of 2010. I can’t open urpmi, can’t install things from .RPM packages, can’t update, etc. etc. and graphic acceleration won’t (can’t) start, I have to run metacity from terminal and everything goes very slow. Nothing works now, what do I do?
and yes, I have tried replacing the kernel, as suggested before.

Thanks in advance.
No, no. My DVD drive broke, so I can’t put a new CD in to install Linux. It’s not the hard drive. ;)
Let me assure you, NOTHING works, not even booting from USB… I’m not new to Linux, I have tried USB booting, Unetbootin, etc. Not even that will work. It’s not the hard drive and I’m starting to think that the only way I can fix it is to get a new DVD drive, but that will take a long time to get for me.

URPMI is uninstalled on Linux Mandriva?

I have asked about this before, in short my system has a corrupt kernel, I have no disk drive so I can’t just re-install Linux and Unetbootin will not work on this system as it is.

URPMI is the defualt package needed for changing major system settings and installing pretty much anything, when I try to start URPMI (like it should already be started) I get an error saying command not found.

How do I go about fixing this? As I am not a typical Mandriva user…

Thanks in advance.

Aren’t all linux distros using a very similar kernel so it should run all to most programs right?


I want to buy RedHat Linux 5.1, but the nearby store has REDHAT CENTOS 5.4 VER. Is there any difference between them? I want the kernel to be 2.6.16+? Can i buy?



Diamond S9250 PCI 256MB DDR ATI Radeon Graphics Card
(9250 series)

It seems to fail to load this graphics card during boot up. Is it simply incompatible? I know for a fact that the kernel fails to boot because of this card.

I like Linux because it looks cool and offers better security. On the other hand, I dislike Linux because there are so many versions, packages, kernel, etc. Moreover, they are not compatiable among them. It is not a user friendly OS. It is also very frustrating just to install or update a simple program to work.

Help with Linux and installing xchat?

I’m real new to linux and i’ve tried to look up how to do it and have failed at all the tutorials that i could find… i’m running opensuse 10.2 and have an AMD Athlon 64 3700+ with 1 gb ram. first off, with linux, i’m trying to figure out what, when i’m downloading versions of files, extensions like x86_64 and i686 mean – and how i figure out which one of them my computer is running on – does it have to do with the kernel?

now with xchat, could someone please tell me how to install this program through console? the file name is suse102.x86_64.rpm – the website i am downloading off of is


I edited both to configure compiz, but I made a mistake…Now it says "no screens found" and that it’s "unable to connect to the X server" and goes to the kernel. I know what I did wrong, so how do I get to xorg.conf and Startup Programs from there to fix it? I’m using Debian Lenny…I have a Linux Mint Live CD if there’s any way to get to them from that.

i have installed an rpm to mount ntfs file system on linux.
But still i m unable mount ntfs file system. I heard that it may work fine if we reinstall those rpms. How to reinstall those rpms ?
i m using a P4 system. Hence i install the kernel-ntfs-2.4.20-9.i686.rpm file. But i ve installed some rpms of lower versions before this. Does it affect the new rpm ?

Again : I have debian linux with a 2.4 kernel (i think) and during the installation of this version i installed the desktop enviroment package. I saw that there was a webserver option but i didnt select it at that time but i now want to install that package, could anyone help me (step by step would be very nice). Once i have this package installed i want to configure this linux to be a webserver accessible from inside and outside of my network, e.g host my own site. I know it can be done but i just need it in a way which isnt confusing and helpful.
So i want to :
1) Install the webserver package of Debian Linux (i have desktop enviourment installed with a 2.4 kernel i think)
2) I want to be able to set up this linux system to host website so that i can become a website hoster / reseller.
= Step by step instructions will be helpful, i have yahoo messenger and it would be very grateful if you can help me. I have the linux system running on a Virtual Machine at the moment, have a pc.

i want to install UEagleAtm
they say that i have to install first the kernel.
what’s this?. i have this file in the desktop.

thank you joe.
in this case do i have to change the kernel?

i have to add the kernel eagle-usb how to do that?modem fast 800
i ve already the kernel asdlPPe
the kernels are the same to ubuntu and debian?


livna 100% |=========================| 2.1 kB 00:00
fedora 100% |=========================| 2.1 kB 00:00
updates-newkey 100% |=========================| 2.3 kB 00:01
updates 100% |=========================| 2.6 kB 00:00
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package kmod-nvidia-legacy.i686 0:71.86.06-3.lvn8 set to be updated
–> Processing Dependency: kmod-nvidia-legacy- = 71.86.06-3.lvn8 for package: kmod-nvidia-legacy
–> Running transaction check
—> Package kmod-nvidia-legacy- 0:71.86.06-3.lvn8 set to be updated
–> Processing Dependency: kernel-i686 = for package: kmod-nvidia-legacy-
–> Processing Dependency: nvidia-legacy-kmod-common >= 71.86.06 for package: kmod-nvidia-legacy-
–> Running transaction check
—> Package kmod-nvidia-legacy- 0:71.86.06-3.lvn8 set to be updated
–> Processing Dependency: kernel-i686 = for package: kmod-nvidia-legacy-
—> Package xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-legacy.i386 0:71.86.06-1.lvn8 set to be updated
–> Processing Dependency: xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-legacy-libs = 71.86.06-1.lvn8 for package: xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-legacy
–> Processing Dependency: livna-config-display for package: xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-legacy
–> Processing Dependency: livna-config-display for package: xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-legacy
–> Running transaction check
—> Package kmod-nvidia-legacy- 0:71.86.06-3.lvn8 set to be updated
–> Processing Dependency: kernel-i686 = for package: kmod-nvidia-legacy-
—> Package livna-config-display.noarch 0:0.0.20-1.lvn8 set to be updated
—> Package xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-legacy-libs.i386 0:71.86.06-1.lvn8 set to be updated
–> Finished Dependency Resolution
kmod-nvidia-legacy- from livna has depsolving problems
–> Missing Dependency: kernel-i686 = is needed by package kmod-nvidia-legacy- (livna)
Error: Missing Dependency: kernel-i686 = is needed by package kmod-nvidia-legacy- (livna)

yes it’ s…

but how??
any suggestion?

coz we’re running it on VMWare… OMG please…the OS is Windows
using NVIDIA Geforce 5500
then we’re using an app…
similar with Virtual PC
called VMWare…then using Linux within it. But it doesnt recognized the NVIDIA on that Linux…dunno why,
i’m using Fedora 8 on it. :( sad