Step by step user guide for STUX GNU/Linux (index)

First steps with STUX

  • STUX Control Center
  • Hard disk/USB/CD/DVD auto detection and mount
  • Save configuration persistently on IDE or USB devices.
  • Save configuration persistently on floppy disk
  • STUX Storage Devices Manager: mount and unmount devices
      To start STUX Storage Devices Manager:
      STUX CONTROL CENTER -> Setup -> System -> Storage devices
      you'll see a window like this:

      Here you can handle with your storage devices, create SWAP partitions or SWAP files, connect remote shares via SAMBA or NFS, decide which devices must be mounted at boot time and which not.

      If you have saved configuration persistently, all devices mounted with STUX Storage Devices Manager will be remounted at startup.

      Press the button QT-PARTED if you need to repartition, or resize existing partitions (advanced users should prefer the command cfdisk from the command line).

  • NVidia proprietary drivers
      If you have a recent NVidia card (GeForce 6000 to 8000 serie, GeForce FX, Quadro FX, GeForce PCX, Quadro NVS [55/280 PCI,110,120,280,285,440]), proprietary driver is pre-installed so you don't have to do nothing else; set the driver using the boot option 'nvidia' or using
      STUX CONTROL CENTER -> Setup -> System -> Hardware -> Video card
      If you have an older NVidia video card (GeForce2, GeForce3, GeForce4, Quadro NVS [280 SD,50 PCI], Quadro4, Quadro DCC), you have to download and install legacy driver version 1.0-9631: use:
      STUX CONTROL CENTER -> Setup -> System -> Hardware -> NVidia video drivers
      you'll see a window like this:

      Only one NVidia driver can be installed at a time: choose the required driver on press OK.
      To configure X Window to use the new driver, see Manually set video driver, monitor resolution and refresh rates.

  • Change desktop manager
      To change desktop manager, close the current session:
      KDE Menu -> Logout -> End current session
      This will bring you to the Login Screen, where you can choose a different desktop manager.

      Available desktop managers:

      1. KDE (default) []
      2. Window Maker []
      3. FluxBox []
      4. BlackBox []
      5. Xfce []
      6. FVWM []
      7. Mwm
      8. Twm

      In every desktop manager, you can recall STUX Control Center executing command:
  • Compiz
      Compiz is one of the first compositing window managers for the X Window System that is able to take advantage of OpenGL-acceleration (more on Wikipedia).

      To start/stop/configure Compiz:
      STUX CONTROL CENTER -> Setup -> System -> Desktop Settings -> Compiz
      you'll see a window like this:

      On the top of the window there is the check 'Enable Compiz in KDE' that will enable/disable Compiz.
      KDE session must be restarted in order for changes to take effect.

      Compiz panic hints:

        if you decide to use Compiz, you'll probably experience some panic situations:

        • Windows decorations are missed:
            This is caused by a misconfiguration of Compiz or by a bad Compiz options combination/order, or because your video card does not support Compiz.

        • Text scrolling problems while using qt based applications:
            This is caused by the 'Composite' extension (setted in /etc/X11/xorg.conf) required by Compiz; there is no solution at the moment, so, if you use text editing programs, you have to choose between text editing and Compiz. This problems seems to affect NVidia 3D drivers.

        To disable Compiz while in real panic situations: uncheck 'Enable Compiz in KDE' (as in pictore above) and press Ok.
        If is not possible to start the Stux Compiz application, switch to text-based console pressing ALT+CTRL+F1, login as root, then execute:
        rm -f /home/stux/.kde/Autostart/ /home/stux/.kde/env/
        then return to KDE console pressing ALT+CTRL+F7, and restart KDE session pressing ALT+CTRL+BACK.

  • 3D Desktop

      To start 3D Desktop, use command '3ddesk'.
      3ddesk can run in different view modes: carousel, cylinder, linear, viewmaster, priceisright, flip, or random using the option --mode (see '3ddesk -h' for details).
      You need an accelerated 3D video card to use 3D Desktop. If you have an Nvidia card, to use the accelerated 3D driver see Manually set video driver or start STUX Live CD using boot option 'stux nvidia'.
      3D Desktop is a virtual desktop manager in 3D:

      You probably want to associate the 3D desktop execution with a key pressure instead of execute the command every time: to associate a key, use:
      STUX Control Center -> Setup -> System -> Hardware -> Keyboard Hot Keys
      hint: you can customize the view-mode of 3ddesktop adding the desired mode (i.e.: '3ddesk --mode=random') in the file /usr/local/stux-utils/hotkeys-stux/ in the line relative to 3ddesktop, then reexecute STUX 'Keyboard Hot Keys' tool.

  • Regional settings

  • Manually set video driver, monitor resolution and refresh rates.