Start by booting up Alpine (see these instructions on how to do that)
When Alpine is up and running, do the initial setup.
Run the setup-xorg-base script to install the xorg base packages and to replace mdev with udev. We can also install xfce4 and the alpine-desktop selected packages while here.
This might take a few minutes depending on your network speed.
Video and Input packages
You will most likely 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
To see available video driver packages run:
To search for xf86-input driver packages run:
Use xf86-video-cirrus for qemu/kvm guests.
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:
Another way to change the keymap when logging into X is to use ~/.xinitrc. The following example loads a British keymap, simply add this line to the beginning of the file:
Note that you will need the "setxkbmap" package for this to work! In addition you might need to create the ~/.xinitrc file first and add a second line like "exec startxfce4"
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).
If you Xorg server segfaults in kvm/qemu then add nomodeset as a boot option when booting up.