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LinuxMall.com: Alive from the Trenches with XFree86

Apr 06, 2000, 21:13 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

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"XFree86 is the implementation of the X-Window System for Linux. It's the underlying technology that allows users to run a desktop-interface such as KDE or GNOME, with window managers such as KWM or Enlightenment.Version 4.0 of Xfree86 has been a long-awaited and much-touted release in terms of technological advancements. However, it was simple technological incompatibility more than feature-hunting that led me to examine it...."

"At this point, I would like to draw your attention to the fatal flaw in what I had just done: I just ran install.sh. I did not read any of the thoughtfully included README files, or remove my previous version of XFree86 that was installed with Red Hat 6.1. Please consider this before you begin your installation, because this is, in all seriousness, a "Fatal Flaw." In other words, do not install over the top of your previous installation."

"Although it did not cause immediate harm to my machine, it made some things pretty impossible to get working. In the end I ended up having to delete the X11R6 tree and /etc/X11 tree and run the install.sh script again. Once I had emptied those directory trees the installation went flawlessly."

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