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O'Reilly Network: FreeBSD basics: Building an X Server and a Window Manager

Jun 25, 2000, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This article should not be considered a substitute for the well-written, thorough instructions given in the FreeBSD Handbook starting at Chapter 12: The X Window System."

"Instead, it's more of a field guide from someone who's built far too many X Servers and Windows Managers and has tried countless configuration combinations on a lot of video cards."

"Building an X Server is not an exact science; there are a lot of video cards out there, and some build easier than others. You'll want to have a pencil and paper handy: If you luck out, you'll be able to record which combination of monitor, mode, and color depth worked for your video card. If the first combination doesn't work, you'll want to start systematically keeping track of what you've tried until you come across a combination that does. And if you're like me, you'll be glad you've written this down when you decide to change a working configuration to see if you can get just that little extra out of your video card."

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