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Re: Future releases of Debian

On Tue, Jul 22, 2003 at 09:31:51AM -0400, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> Most device driver issues relate solely to the kernel, which at present is
> very easy to upgrade from source in woody.  The most prominent exception is
> XFree86, which is not so easy to upgrade.

gphoto2 and SANE are other examples for software where the woody 
versions don't work with most hardware you can buy.

> My point was that a good hardware vendor will give you a choice of graphics
> cards, and if you don't need a fancy 3D card, you can get a high-quality 2D
> card for the same price or less.  I don't play 3D games on my workstations,
> so I always go for these options.

There are some situations where you can't choose that good:
- hardware that is already present (e.g. a Windows computer that should
  become dual-boot)
- Laptops
- integrated graphics in motherboards (especially when you are looking
  for mini-PCs without AGP or PCI slots)
- you want a graphics cards with DVI output

If you search e.g. for a graphics card with DVI output that is supported 
by XFree86 you might find one (e.g. AFAIR the Matrox G450 is supported 
by XFree86 4.1 and there are versions of this card with a DVI output), 
but it's unlikely that you get such a card at your usual hardware 

If you _really want_ Debian there are often ways, but often it's easier 
to switch the distribution.

>  - mdz



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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