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Linux Journal: The New XFree86 [Book Review]

Mar 21, 2001, 21:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gabrielle Pantera)

"I admit it. I barely know how to use the X window system, let alone install or configure it. So with anticipation I read the book, The New XFree86. Before now, the only book available about XFree86 was The Concise Guide to XFree86 for Linux by Aron Hsiao. With major revisions to the XFree86 software in the new 4.x version, a new book seems both welcome and necessary."

"For anyone totally unfamiliar with Linux, XFree86 is an open-source implementation of X, the graphical user interface used by Linux and other flavors of UNIX. X has a look and feel much like Microsoft Windows or the Mac. But unlike Windows, which always has a GUI running, X can run as a text-mode console...."

"XFree86 4.x represents a significant internal redesign of the X server. The big news is that 4.x has improved graphics performance (including direct rendering) and the ability to support TrueType fonts out of the box. Not all hardware drivers from 3.3.x have been ported to 4.x yet, and 4.x has some drivers not in 3.3.x. The 4.0.1 release introduced a new graphical configuration tool called xf86cfg, and a text mode interface was added to that for the 4.0.2 release. An experimental configuration tool is even built into the X server. Run the XFree86 -configure command as root. You can still use the old configuration tools, too."

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