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Miscellaneous notes for Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy)

No "splash" image on boot

If you dist-upgrade from ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary) rather than installing 5.10, you might not get the new graphical splash screen during boot. This can be caused by the order that packages are upgraded - the 'usplash' package is needed before installing and setting up the linux kernel image. Ubuntu's kernel uses an 'initrd' image, and this needs to be recreated after usplash is installed. Anyway, the following command will do what you need:

dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-2.6.12-9-386

an AMD64 setup would probably look something like:

dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-2.6.12-9-amd64-generic

That recreates the /boot/initrd.img-... file to use the splash image.

Proprietary module for NVidia graphics cards

To get proper 3D/OpenGL hardware acceleration, see NvidiaDriverHowto.

Sucky default "X Resources"

Gnome2 uses xresources (via xrdb(1)?) to try to make older X11 programs look like the current GTK theme. However, figuring out where these are set is very difficult. Gnome's gnome-settings-daemon is responsible for loading default X resources files. In Ubuntu 5.10, these are the files in /etc/gnome/config/*. For example, the sets default foreground and background colours for all X apps, and this is what makes xterm default to black-on-white. (In gentoo, these files are in /usr/share/control-center-2.0/xrdb.)

You can also manually override all these settings yourself via the xrdb program, but any time the gnome-settings-daemon reloads, the defaults will be reloaded.