Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd May 2006 21:46 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
X11, Window Managers "Five months after release of X11R7.0, the modularized and autotooled release of the MIT Licensed X Window System source code, the X.Org Foundation has issued its first modular roll-up release. X11R7.1 supports Linux, Solaris, and BSD systems. It includes important new server and driver features for embedded systems, 64 bit platforms, enhanced operating system support, and accelerated indirect GLX support. It most importantly demonstrates to developers and industry immediate benefits of modularization."
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RE[2]: answered my own question
by macisaac on Wed 24th May 2006 13:11 UTC in reply to "RE: answered my own question"
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I don't want to sound patronizing, that's not my intent, but unless you're doing this for a distribution that's being exported to multiple clients (in my case the college I work at) you won't be able to understand that this does _not_ make our lives easier. unfortunately I've found it much to common for instance for upstream providers to not get it in their head that people aren't always going to be installing their stuff locally, as a single user on their own machine would. Some devs don't even write in DESTDIR support into their Makefiles, or, decide they'll be really cool and write up their own unique build and install system say in python or something, which will be useless to someone like me...

I'm not saying the folk are bad, and again I can understand why they needed to change the old model which was still using imake for goodness' sake. but telling us to track 280 releases instead of one, is not doing us a favour. (that said, this might not be the case. what I'm getting the feeling of is that there will be milestone releases saying 7.x (and all it's contents) is stable, use it, type of deal. I just prefer being able to use the older method where there was one download, and one file to configure to tell it what I do and don't want, and how I want it.)

oh about getting rid of /usr/X11, you might want to reconsider (or do what we did and make a symlink to /usr/local which is where our built stuff goes for the most part). some packages are pretty stupid about this (vmware comes to mind) and won't be happy unless it's there. anyhow, being able to specify your prefix for X isn't exactly something new. take a look at the old host.def file, there's a lot of things that you can tweak in there. (#define ProjectRoot is what your looking for)

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