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Need your help

I am currently updating the Kubuntu topic based help documentation and have a few questions I am hoping some of you can help me with. If you could, just leave a comment to this post. What I am looking for is the best guides you can think of for the following items:

  • NVidia GeForce graphics cards with 3D support
  • ATI Radeon graphics cards with 3D support
  • Getting Java to work with AMD64 systems (both Konqueror and Firefox if possible)
  • Getting Flash to work with AMD64 systems (both Konqueror and Firefox if possible)
  • Top wireless card drivers
  • Compiz Fusion

I would love if these guides:

  • were for Kubuntu Feisty or Gutsy
  • were the easiest and best routes for succeeding
  • were licensed with CC-by-SA

The reason I ask for such a request is that I am currently time strapped and I know some of you have done the above more than I have and probably have way more experience in doing so. Another thing, these items will make it into the Kubuntu documentation, so if you are interested in writing anyone of those sections listed above for Kubuntu Gutsy, you would be my hero. You can write them in plain text,, KOffice, LaTeX, or whatever you feel like. If you can write them up in DocBook/XML, well then you rock hardcore. If you decide to do some writing, here are just a couple of guidelines to make incorporating them much easier:

  • try to use GUI instructions for everything. I know at times it may be easier for a user to use the CLI, but we are writing these instructions for the newest of users.
  • if you include a screenshot, try to use 1024×768 display resolution with the default Kubuntu Gutsy theme would rock hardcore. PNG files preferred, no GIFs. If you don’t include a screenshot, no huge problem, as I should be able to follow the instructions and take the screenshots myself.

Thank you ahead of time for any help that you can offer. If there is a great guide that works for everybody, or damn close to everybody, then a link will work great.

If you are interested in Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Edubuntu, or Xubuntu documentation, please do not hesitate to contact the Ubuntu Documentation list at ubuntu-doc AT I know Edubuntu can use a lot of help, so if you are experienced in writing technical documentation, can read and write English decently (that is better than I can), know DocBook/XML, and know the distribution fairly well, then you can be a great help. Writing documentation is fairly easy actually, and is a great way to start contributing to free software projects. If you feel that you might have some time to review the current documentation, please email the list and let us know. There are many great people on the list who can direct you to where you can go to help out. Thanks again everyone!

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  • For ATI, it’s easy.

    Step 1: Purchase ATI card (go to step 1a), or machine with ATI card (go to step 2).
    Step 1a: Insert ATI card into machine.
    Step 2: Power on machine.
    Step 3: Install Ubuntu.
    Step 4: Success!

  • xjdriver69

    Here is a good HowTo on Compiz Fusion.

  • For ATI, I’d use envy[0], if it’s not supported out of the box. (ATI Radeon AGP Club 250 cards are no longer supported, by either Ubuntu, or Envy. I’m getting an Nvidia card…)

    Nvidia cards’ hardware acceleration can be enabled through the Restricted Drivers Manager. (Tested with the FX 5200 chipset, PCI & AGP.)

    Quite a lot of wireless card drivers can be installed through the RDM, from memory, athough YMMV. It may be a good idea to search on the forums [2] with your chipset’ name, found using “lspci” in a terminal.

    For Flash and Java on a 64bit system, there’s a wiki page that *may* help [1]


  • Walter

    Look here for a way to install flash:

    This is the method I used to install flash:

    Step 1: download and unpack in home directory.
    Step 2: open up the directory by clicking on it in Konqueror.
    Step 3: Click on tools and then on run shellcomand.
    Step 4: type the password for root.


  • Walter

    Kirrus I have a Radeon 9250 and use the open source drvier called ati, because I could not get it working with the flgrx driver.
    X wont start with the fglrx driver, and yes I looked everywhere for clues.

    Is it possible to make it work with Envy ?

    Because I have 3D now but in Foobillard the tabel is only green around the initails if this great game.

    Thanks very much

  • @Walter: No, its not. ATI stopped supporting that range of cards (9250, which is what my card is based on) at edgy. You can just about get the card working with hardware accelerated graphics on Edgy, but not on Feisty. Hence, I’m abandoning ATI. 🙁

  • Walter

    That’s too bad, I was hoping that Envy was the solution to this.
    So I could finally use Compiz-Fusion on this pc.

    Thanks anyway.


  • I was able to get my Radeon 9700 working with Compiz using the free drivers (ie. Radeon or r300).

  • Walter

    The ati driver is actually an wrapper that calls the radeon driver, just look at the manpage of ati.
    I was using the radeon driver, but when I ran sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg there was only the ati option too choose from the list.

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