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[3]: So this new X
by Ookaze on Wed 24th May 2006 12:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So this new X"
Ookaze
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2005-11-14

I just simply commented that for a project which seems to have started for Unix is getting lots of Linux specific "bits" or first-servings which is also true for projects like KDE or GNOME.

The project was started specifically for Unix that runs on PC. So when Linux became popular, as XFree86 was the most used X server on Linux, XFree86 became very popular too. That means Linux users were the main users of XFree86 (the BSD were rather used as servers, which IMHO is why the state of Gnome, KDE, XFree or other desktops on these system is behind what is possible on Linux). That's why there's a lot of Linux specific "bits" in it.
It was greatly visible in the monolithic XFree config file (host.def). You saw several Unix versions configurations there, but the most advanced ones were for Linux, some options were available for Linux only.
It must be easier too, to implement ideas on Linux, as the best engineers working on XFree were from HP or Sun.
And even though I think K. Packard complaint (HP engineer ?) was the start of the migration to XOrg, it was all possible because the license problem affected Linux users, and they were the main XFree users.

But although I think Linux is a really cool "thing" which has come a long way - people seem to associate OSS with Linux & graphical systems also with Linux forgetting that there is an OSS & Unix(&/compatible) world outside of Linux

Which is understandable, as once all Linux distro switched to XOrg, I think 90+ % of the users were out of XFree.
So people associate graphical systems with XFree/XOrg, which they associate with Linux. Can't blame them.

Does fully modularised X do anything for increased stability & less memory usage ?

Yes !

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