"With latest round of distributions, XFree86 4.0.1 has finally
become the standard X server for Linux, up the 3.3.x series that
dominated for quite some time. With 4.0.1 come many substantial
improvements such as a completely rewritten XAA (X Acceleration
Architecture) for 2D acceleration, Xinerama (contiguous
multi-monitor support) and DRI (Direct Rendering Infrastructure -
hardware accelerated OpenGL). Finally, Linux users have an
extremely fast, free X server that can compete with commercial
offerings such as Xi Graphics' Accelerated-X."
"Hardware manufacturers have taken note of both the recent surge
in Linux popularity and the revamping of XFree86. In the not too
distant past, manufacturer support was considered good if driver
specifications were available with which to write drivers. Now,
several vendor supported XFree86 4.0.x drivers have been released
or are in development by such manufacturers as NVIDIA, Matrox,
3dfx, and ATI. There are others, but these are the manufacturers we
will focus on for this article."
"Judging from the response to the last article, the number
one question in Linux users' minds is "How do I get my card working
with XFree86 4.0.1 and take advantage of such features as 3D
acceleration?" Thus, this article will not only cover performance
information, but setup as well. Anyone with one of these cards
should be able to have a properly setup XFree86 system after
reading this article."
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