Re: Starting X in Debian on a Performa 6360
On Sun, 2003-07-13 at 11:48, Leandro Guimarães Faria Corsetti Dutra
> 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