Start by booting up Alpine (see these instructions on how to do that)
When Alpine is up and running, do the initial setup.
Install xorg, XFCE and basic desktop system.
This might take a few minutes depending on your network speed.
Video and Input packages
You might also want to install a package suitable for your video chipset and input devices.
For example, if you have an Sis video chipset install 'xf86-video-sis', for Intel video chipset install 'xf86-video-intel'.
and / or
Run 'apk search xf86-video*' to see available xf86-video packages.
Run 'apk search xf86-input*' to see available xf86-input packages.
If you installed your Alpine Linux as a VirtualBox or VMWare guest you might find it handy to be able send ACPI shutdown.
Configure xorg-server (optional)
On most systems, xorg should be able to autodetect all devices. However you can still configure xorg-server by hand by launching:
This will result in `/root/xorg.conf.new`. You can modify this file to fit your needs.
(When finished modifying and testing the above configuration file, move it to `/etc/X11/xorg.conf` for normal usage.)
If you use a layout different than "us", you need to:
In order to make it persistent add this section to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Adding udev might help you with some finicky hardware like touchpads.
Adding evdev might also be necessary, for example if the keyboard doesn't work in X...
Create user accounts
Create a normal user account.
Optionally, give that user sudo permissions in /etc/sudoers. When doing so, it is important to use the command:
This ensures that only one user is changing the file at any given time. Visudo has two modes: Command mode and Insert mode. To edit the file, use the arrows to navigate to the appropriate line and enter Insert mode by pressing the 'i' key. To save and exit, enter Command mode by pressing the 'Esc' key, then ':w' + 'enter' to save, and finally ':q' + 'enter' to quit.
Start your desktop
Start lxdm and log in with your new user.
Once you have verified that it actually works you can make lxdm start up at boot:
If you are unable to login, check /var/log/lxdm.log, there may be output there from X to indicate failed modules, etc.
If your mouse / keyboard is not responding, try to install xf86-input-evdev (that will appeared in lxdm.log if you lack it).