Oh, Lord, how I hate X11.

I don’t even remember the last time I managed to install a unix and *not* have some sort of X problem. Well… A few years ago I painlessly installed Solaris on a Sun desktop with a Sun video card and a Sun monitor, but I suppose that doesn’t really count.

Usually the X install just fails to recognize my exact model of video card or monitor, so I at least get a 800×600 desktop in 16 glorious colors to start off with. Except for my last Ubuntu install, which gave me the ATI driver that didn’t actually support my ATI card. [I look forward to the day when legacy text and VESA graphics modes are dropped, and I will have to dig out my serial cable and terminal to finish my install. Anyone have a spare USB-to-serial convertor?]

Today’s fun was a new, slightly different flavor of fail… Solaris Express 9/07. It’s got a spiffy new installer, which even figured out my networking without prompting me. Nice. Rebooted after the install and… Oh No, Not Again. This time it’s complaining about a missing libXfont.so. Thankfully I was able to use the Xsun server instead of the Xorg server, which got me up and running… With the wrong resolution and the wrong monitor orientation.



After further poking around, it seemed the SUNWxorg-server package decided it didn’t want to be installed initially. Why? No idea. One pkgadd later, and it seems to be working.