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Nerdnet.com: XFree86 4.0 Install and Impressions

Mar 15, 2000, 04:01 (20 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Joe Jenkins for this link. ]

"I have been anxiously awaiting XFree86 4.0 for several months. After reading about it from the initial announcement and reading the updates posted on the XFree86 website and on sites like slashdot.org, I knew that I would be wanting this on my system the minute it became available. This document could lightly be considered a HOW-TO, but I won't classify it as such. This article details my installation of the new XFree86 4.0 windowing system on my home Linux system, and my impressions of it."

"My first concern was that Mandrake, which is based on RedHat Linux, uses the RPM package system for installation of pretty much everything. So far, no RPM packages exist for XFree86 4.0 (I haven't found any yet.) The next problem I encountered was that all the mirrors I checked only had binaries for OpenBSD and FreeBSD, but not for glibc 2.1 Linux distributions. I was going to have to build this from the source code."

"I've installed XFree before from binary distributions with little or no complications. But I had never built XFree entirely from scratch before. If any of you have downloaded the source code, you know how large a package it is, about 50 Mb of compressed code. (It comes in three separate source code files.) I have been building source files on Linux for several years now, and I guess it was time to tackle my biggest build ever."

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