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Re: Starting X in Debian on a Performa 6360



On Sun, 2003-07-13 at 11:48, Leandro Guimarães Faria Corsetti Dutra
wrote:
> Em Sun, 13 Jul 2003 10:08:43 +0200, Michel Dänzer escreveu:
> 
> > On Sun, 2003-07-13 at 02:48, Leandro Guimarães Faria Corsetti Dutra
> > wrote:
> >> Em Sat, 12 Jul 2003 17:29:00 -0700, Steven escreveu:
> >> 
> >> 	dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86, ironic as it may seem in a PowerPC.
> > 
> > Why would it? 'XFree86' is a pun on 'X386', to point out that it's not
> > limited to a single platform.
> 
> 	AFAIRI, it wasn't a pun originally, but a description.  I still remember
> version 3 or so times where it was described as an X RI implementation for
> x86 systems.  The ports for other platforms came later, along with NetBSD
> and GNU ports.  

It's possible that the name originally bore no meaning wrt platforms,
but its inventor says it was intended as a pun, and while I disagree
with him on many points, I have no reason not to believe him on this.

> Some RISC users even prefer to say XFree simply in the hope that it 
> will bring the RISC ports to full citizenship; 

The name is XFree86, period. I have no idea what XFree is.

> as it is now, XFree is released when the x86 port is ready, [...]

Well, in contrast to other projects like the Linux kernel, XFree86 has
been running perfectly on PPC out of the box for a long time, maybe
other architectures as well. As for the others, XFree86 can hardly be
blamed for the lack of testers and developers.


-- 
Earthling Michel Dänzer   \  Debian (powerpc), XFree86 and DRI developer
Software libre enthusiast  \     http://svcs.affero.net/rm.php?r=daenzer



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