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Re: Debian Xconfigurator?

On Fri, Aug 06, 1999 at 04:50:39PM +0100, Russell Coker wrote:
> >   It is really not recommended to mix FB and a regular X server.
> >
> >The Matrox framebuffer driver is an exception.  Petr has gone to great
> >effort to ensure that it is fully compatible with XF86_SVGA and stable
> >when it is used.
> I would not criticise his coding skills.  However the principle of FB is that
> only the kernel performs certain operations such as changing video mode.  That
> way the kernel always knows the mode the card is in and can always change it
> back.  When you use a non-FB X server then you go against this principle and
> break the guarantee that it would have offered you.

Even when you do use SVGA server with the matrox cards the fb driver is
90% or better able to recover from an X crash.  Of course you lose
svgalib support if you care about that sort of thing.

Joseph Carter <knghtbrd@debian.org>             Debian GNU/Linux developer
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<xtifr> direct brain implants :)
<knghtbrd> xtifr - yah, then using computers would actually require some
           of these idiots to think!
<knghtbrd> ;>

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