[rescue] 670MP windfall in the surplus diving frenzy today.....

Greg A. Woods rescue at sunhelp.org
Wed Jun 20 23:41:35 CDT 2001

[ On Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 23:50:26 (-0400), Dave McGuire wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: [rescue] 670MP windfall in the surplus diving frenzy today.....
>   Though hearing "modern solaris" and "old netbsd" does give me a
> chuckle.  But their insistence on sticking with X11R3 for
> political/licensing/other-nontechnical-bullshit reasons is truly
> absurd.  I remember upgrading to X11R4 for the HUGE performance
> benefits when my main desktop (deskside?) machine was a MicroVAX-II
> more than TEN YEARS AGO.  Sheesh!

If you're refering to what I said about NetBSD's xsrc, remember that it
is X11R_6_.3 that we're running, not X11R3.  I don't think I've used
X11R3 for over a decade now.  I was running R5 before I switched to
NetBSD even.

Also note that NetBSD was not alone in baulking at The Open Group's
first foray into stupid licensing for X11.  XFree86.org and IIRC a few
other vendors had much the same objection.  That's why the license was
"fixed" (reverted) and why you'll find that X11R6.5 and newer have
essentially the same wide open copyright license X11R6.3 had.  A quick
web search will bring up lots of old flame wars about the issue.

NetBSD took on XFree86 3.2 back in 1997.  That was X11R6.1.  The current
tree contains XFree86 3.3.2 for production (X11R6.3) and XFree86 4.1.0
(X11R6.5.1) for beta testing (because it does not yet work on all the
graphics capable platforms of the 43-odd total platforms NetBSD works on).

>   Xinerama seems like really nice stuff.  Is it stable?

Works great on PCs with XFree86-4.1 and the KDE-2.1 desktop....

							Greg A. Woods

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