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Linux Magazine: The Concise Guide to XFree86 [Book Review]

Jul 29, 2000, 20:41 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

"In XFree86 for Linux, author Aron Hsiao presents his material in six sections: X11R6, XFree86, and Linux; Starting and Using XFree86; Configuring the XFree86 Runtime; Integrated Linux Environments; Multiuser and Networked X; and Appendices. The Appendices include sample configuration files for the fvwm, fvwm2, and twm window managers; listings of fonts; and a short treatment of framebuffer support, a relatively recent addition to XFree86."

"In the third section, Hsiao presents enough detail about configuring XFree to make just this roughly 100-page section worth the price of the entire book. He covers configuration of fvwm, fvwm2, and twm; palette issues; using PostScript and TrueType fonts; the boundless mystery that is X resources; and more. The examples and techniques in this section are well-presented, and they reasonably represent tasks and issues that users will encounter in the real world."

"Unlike many books on the shelves today, this one doesn't try to present a mountain of data that turns every reader into a prospector seeking info-nuggets. Taken on its own terms, the book is clearly a success. Anyone who wants to learn how XFree86 works will find Hsiao's book to be a painless way to build a solid foundation."

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