Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th May 2006 14:48 UTC, submitted by Joel Dahl
X11, Window Managers Xfree 4.6.0 has been released. New features include security updates, driver updates and fixes, input driver enhancements, Xinerama improvements, and much more. Read the release notes, readme, and installation notes.
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Two thumbs down!
by amiroff on Wed 17th May 2006 17:18 UTC
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Thumbs down for the most dissappointing project of last years...

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RE: Two thumbs down!
by atomicplayboy on Wed 17th May 2006 17:35 in reply to "Two thumbs down!"
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Xfree was the basis of xorg, so it's not like it was all bad. It is unfortunate that they decided to go with the license change that seemed to be the nail in the coffin, but there is something to be said for the project staying away from large changes. You might not be using it on your desktop machine, but for server environments where a rock solid stable X11 implementation is needed, Xfree might be a better option. Also, I'm not positive about this, but aren't there quite a few older unices that still haven't switched over to xorg (ie. AIX, HP-UX, etc)?

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RE[2]: Two thumbs down!
by MightyPenguin on Wed 17th May 2006 18:51 in reply to "RE: Two thumbs down!"
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How many people have big mission critical servers running X? Is it possible, yes, does it exist, yes. But not so many servers run as remote unix gui sessions. Yeah I'd agree that for such environments the new xorg stuff is still a little too bleeding edge, but it'll calm down soon enough now that the xorg 7 reorg is mostly done.

Plus, if you actually want to have hardware compatibility then you really have to use xorg. New hardware support in Xfree is added slower then a glaciar on pluto.

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RE[2]: Two thumbs down!
by Tweek on Thu 18th May 2006 16:26 in reply to "RE: Two thumbs down!"
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Actually the license change was a great thing for the X system. It got people to fork it and create an amazing new branch rather quickly. If only they had done that years ago when Xfree86 stopped doing real work.

Xfree86 basically decided they wanted to remain a pure unix environment in the traditional sense and not add too many new features. Now look at Xorg, it is keeping the old concepts in there but also adding tons of new shit that is pretty exciting.

I am glad they changed the license, if only they would have done that 5-10 years ago instead.

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