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August 13, 2007

XFree86 4.7.0 is out, it still exists.

Filed under: Tuxicity, X.org, XFree86 — tuxicity @ 8:17 am

Xfree86, used to be one of the main components of Linux distributions, and has released version 4.7.0.

Is it news ? yes.
Is it relevant? Hardly.
Do i care ? No.

Due to Licensing controversy and mismanagement XFree86 has become irrelevant/obsolete.

Most development and users have moved over to X.org, originally forked from XFree86 4.4 RC2.

Moving along…..


Resouces: Wikipedia on X.org and on Xfree86


1 Comment »

  1. It’s sad too. The so-called “licensing controversy”, is/was just a smoke screen – an excuse. An excuse to provide justification to fork off XFree86. Xorg’s code quality is shabby and has become trash even on hardware that used to have top-notch support (i.e. RV250, R200). Most people do not even pay attention to the amount of patches that any particular vendor (Linux distros, *BSDs etc.) apply onto any X.org version to ‘fix’ problems (I’m laughing, they’re mostly kludges).

    Of course many people never get to see these fine bugs, due to their using 3rd-party drivers [i.e. NVidia or XIG]. Thusly they never fully realize the extent or the nature [or the magnitude] of the very real problems that exist.

    The fact is that without XFree86, there would be no defacto cross-platform desktop. No Xorg either. So who loses out from this developer (and to some extent GNU) hissy fit? The user, who else…

    Hey, I just happened upon your blog and thought I’d share – hope you don’t mind 🙂

    Comment by root — November 1, 2007 @ 2:23 am

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