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About.com: Upgrade to XFree86 4

Oct 14, 2000, 16:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)

"It's one of those odd times in the Linux world again. The world of XFree86 3 is clearly passe, thanks to its lack of strong 3D support, but XFree86 4 hasn't really begun to ship in new distributions yet. Even more importantly, most users won't want to go through the pain of upgrading an entire distribution just to get the new XFree86, as seductive as the new direct-rendering 3D features sound."

"So in this article, let's step through the process for upgrading your XFree86 4.0 installation. ... If your distribution maintainer is already packaging 4.0 as a set of updates, get the new XFree86 that way -- it'll be a lot cleaner. We're going to do things the "dirty" way here, mangling your package database dependencies a little. Generally, what we're going to do will work fine, but you shouldn't attempt the upgrade this way if you're a total Linux novice."

"The first step in the upgrade package is to connect to the XFree86 FTP site and download all of the XFree86 4 components. Since there are a number of packages installed, the easiest way to accomplish this is with an FTP command. I prefer ncftpget, which is installed by many Linux distributions by default. Be sure to make a directory to hold the XFree86 files first."

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