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Duke of URL: XFree86 4.0.1 [Review]

Jul 09, 2000, 00:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

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"XFree86 4.0.1 offers a mass of improvements and bug fixes along with a lot of cleaning of the code in XFree86. While this upgrade may not solve all your troubles, it is helping XFree86 get one step closer to being the ideal platform for a 3D, as well as a 2D user. ... Just as there was in XFree86 4.0, 4.0.1 offers many enhancements over its predecessor. Recommended reading is XFree86 4.0, which covers the basic improvements and enhancements added to XFree86 4.0 from 3.x."

"First things first. SPARC support has been greatly enhanced. ...IA64 has also been updated along with BSD/OS support. If you're a user out there with Lynx/OS, XFree86 now loves you and now fully supports Lynx/OS. 4.0.1 has also added preliminary support for MIPS processors, which gets MIPS users one step closer to cutting edge. Although... promising, there is no X Server support for MIPS currently."

"Since XFree86 4.x is still in its infancy, there is still much work to be done. If you really rely on a properly working X Server, you may want to shy away from 4.x until it makes it up to version 4.1 or 4.2 and all the compatibility issues are worked out. ... So is 4.0.1 right for you? NVidia users shouldn't exactly feel a huge need to jump, unless they'd like to gain a few FPS. 3dfx Voodoo3 users may be split, depending on what you use and how intensively you use your 3dfx card's 3D capabilities. On the other hand, Voodoo5 users have no other choice than version 4.0.1, since Voodoo5 was just recently introduced. ATI Rage 128 users will definitely want to jump at 4.x, just as Matrox users will."

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