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ZDNet: XFree86 Gives Boost to Linux Graphics

Mar 04, 2003, 17:00 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"An open-source project to develop XFree86, a key part of Linux, has issued an update to let the software work with more-modern graphics chips and operating systems.

"The low-profile XFree86 Project introduced version 4.3.0 of the software, a critical foundation for Linux and several other operating systems, later than expected. Release engineer David Dawes said on a mailing list in November he hoped it would emerge in mid-January.

"XFree86, which handles many graphics display tasks for Linux, is a key part of the overall operating system. A version of the X11 windowing system for Unix, XFree86 is the mechanism that higher-level software such as games use to talk to specific video cards and to take advantage of features such as hardware acceleration..."

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