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32BitsOnline: Review of Accelerated-X Laptop display server for Linux

Oct 21, 2000, 15:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Smith)

"The last Xi Graphics product I reviewed was their MaXimum CDE (Common Desktop Environment) Developers Edition. It seemed that the "standard" UNIX GUI was bolted onto a Linux distribution of nebulous lineage and shoved out the door to fend for itself among the heavyweights from Redhat, TurboLinux and SUSE. The result was less than satisfying."

"Thankfully, this has changed. As far as I can tell, the Xi Graphics folks are no longer in the Linux Distribution business. It pays to stay with what you know - and there is no one in the display server business that is as fast to market with new drivers for the Linux and BSD crowd than Xi Graphics.(You can stop with the argument about proprietary binary-only drivers and no source code--I know this, and as we will see, sometimes in the world the way it is at this moment, it is the only way to get what you need...)"

"Xi Graphics makes a killer server display if the XFree86 driver for your video card is unavailable or is crap. If they stopped with the FUD/advertisements intimating that Linux would gain wider acceptance in the marketplace if all distros used CDE, I might go so far as to give them a full endorsement. As it is, I'll just say it's a fine fix for a temporary problem and leave it at that. Will I use it after the fix comes out on XFree86? Probably not."

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