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Re: regarding xviddetect

On Mon, Aug 21, 2000 at 09:34:05AM -0400, Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> I know there are still plenty of video cards that xviddetect does not
> detect.  I can see a lot of bug reports to that effect.
> I think it would be worthwhile to maintain a branch of xviddetect so
> that anXious could know about more videocards which get updated at
> Potato point releases.  Do you agree?

Yes.  As to the rest of this thread.

I've stated elsewhere[1] that we're going to continue to maintain XFree86
3.x in parallel with 4.x for woody, albeit with the former in a stripped
down version that ships only some X servers (and possibly the libc5-compat
libraries).  Stephen R. Gore is now the maintainer of XFree86 3.x.

Here's what I figured we'd do:

Have a hardcoded list of video hardware for which support only exists in
3.x.  This will be easy because we'll be pruning down the server list and
the driver list for the 3.x SVGA server, and will thus have a fairly static
idea of what cards are supported thus.

If we find any of those cards, select an X server like we always have.

Otherwise, choose xserver-xfree86 and see if it can figure out what to do
with the card.  I'll be shipping all the video driver modules for the 4.x
server in the xserver-xfree86 package.

xviddetect might need to be extended to select more than one package in the
case of certain pieces of hardware.  For instance, to use the 4.x glide
driver (for running X on a 3D-only Voodoo[12] card), libglide2 *has* to be
installed.  Likewise, we're going to have to figure out what to do about
the agpgart kernel module, and require that for i810 boards and possibly
some others.

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