|Subject:||RFC: add text about freedesktop.org and related topics to FAQ|
|From:||Tom Rhodes (trho...@FreeBSD.org)|
|Date:||Jun 8, 2004 6:57:48 pm|
On Sat, 5 Jun 2004 14:11:04 -0500 Mark Linimon <lini...@lonesome.com> wrote:
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<qandaset> <qandaentry> + <question id="whatis-X"> + <para>What is the X Window System?</para> + </question> + + <answer> + + <para>The X Window System is the most popular windowing system + capable of running on UNIX or UNIX-like systems, including
'the most popular' kind of rubs me the wrong way. Is there any proof that it is the most popular? Polls or otherwise? I know that by default Solaris installs CDE which I don't think uses X in any way.
NOTE: I have not powered up my Sun in weeks and I may be wrong about this.
+ &os;. <ulink url= "http://www.x.org">X.org</ulink> administers + the <ulink url="http://www.x.org/X11_protocol.html">X protocol + standards</ulink>. The current release of the specification + is 11.6, so you will often see references shortened to + <literal>X11R6</literal> or even just <literal>X11</literal>. + </para> + + <para>Many implementations are available for different + architectures and operating systems. For instance, an + implementation of the server-side code is properly known + as an <literal>X server</literal>.</para> + + </answer> + </qandaentry> + + <qandaentry> + <question id="which-X"> + <para>Which X servers are available for &os;?</para> + </question> + + <answer> + + <para>In the past, if you wanted to run X on &os;, you were + basically restricted to running an X implementation called + <literal>XFree86</literal>™ which is maintained by
+ <ulink url="http://www.xfree86.org">The XFree86 Project, + Inc.</ulink> This software was installed by default on + &os; versions up until 4.10 and 5.2. Although X.org
<hostname> tags please. :)
+ itself maintained an implementation during that time + period, it was basically only provided as a reference + platform, as it had suffered greatly from bitrot over + the years.</para> + + <para>However, early in 2004, the XFree86 Project split + over issues including the pace of code changes, future + directions, and a licensing change. X.org updated its + source tree to the last XFree86 release before the + licensing change (XFree86 version 22.214.171.1243), incorporated + many changes that had previously been maintained separately,
I think we want <application> tags around the software name and version, but poll the list for more.
+ and has released that software as X11R6.7.0. A separate but + related project, <ulink url="http://www.freedesktop.org"> + freedesktop.org</ulink> (or <literal>fd.o</literal> for short), + is working on rearchitecting the original XFree86 code to + reflect modern graphics card technology (with the goal of + greatly increased performance) and modern software practices + (with the goal of incresed maintainability, and thus faster + releases as well as easier configuration). X.org intends to + incorporate the fd.o changes in its future releases.</para> + + <para>The current technology roadmap for &os; includes + replacing XFree86 with fd.o as the default server sometime
+ later in 2004 under the assumption that the pace of its + development will more closely match that of &os; itself. + The XFree86 ports + (<filename role="package">x11/XFree86-4</filename> and + subports) will remain in the ports collection and be supported + as developer interest permits. Note that it is not currently + possible to mix-and-match pieces of each implementation; this + problem is being actively worked on.</para>
Perhaps the note above could be placed into a caution tag. It doesn't seem like a note but more like a warning or caution.
+ + <note> + <para>The following paragraphs refer to the existing + XFree86 implementation, but most should also be applicable + to the fd.o implementation as well.</para> + </note> + </answer> + </qandaentry> + + <qandaentry> <question id="running-X"> <para>I want to run X, how do I go about it?</para> </question>
Hope that helps, remember that you are not required to take my advice. :)
-- Tom Rhodes