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Duke of URL: XFree86 4.0.2 Review

Dec 23, 2000, 23:36 (4 Talkback[s])

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"After a lengthy wait from XFree86 4.0.1, XFree86 4.0.2 is here. While the version number would indicate that it's just a bug release, after investigating the latest updates, it would appear that 4.0.2 is much more than just another mere bug fix. For those of you not familiar with the 4.x series, it is the latest in the line of many releases. The most notable advancements are that in the support of DRI, or Direct Rendering, as well as a modular architecture. No more throwing in X Servers and guessing."

"While Radeon owners sat in their basements mumbling obscenities about Linux's (and UNIX in general) shoddy support, the XFree86 Project did something about it -- something not even ATI could do this quickly. That something? Write Radeon drivers. With the 3dfx line of cards dying and the accompanying open source drivers most likely going the way of the dodo, NVidia needed a competitor on Linux -- maybe one with open source drivers of their own."

"While the Radeon support certainly sticks out in my mind, new updates also include DGA Mouse 2.0 support (to provide much more realistic movement on your favorite games amongst other things), native Darwin support, the Render X Protocol (for anti-aliased text), and much more."

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