Question about FreeBSD ports / binary packages / intel graphics drivers and Xorg
Sorry to bother people with newbish questions but:
I know FreeBSD provides both binary packages and a collection of ports to assist compilation from source, but are the ports version and the binary packages the same version, I mean, is the binary package just a pre-compiled version of the port?
No, by defualt, the binary packages are all the same binary packages provide at the release date of the package.
Also, is the 6.4 "legacy release" considered and officially supported release? In particular, is the ports collection supposed to work with the 6.4 release?
Does either the 7.1 or 6.4 release of FreeBSD use Xorg 1.5 or earlier? How about an intel Xorg driver from before the transition from tungsten to gem?
Well the 7.1 release comes with Xserver 1.4.x, and Xorg 7.3.x and intel drivers at 2.4.2, unfortunately, I think those intel drivers are new enough to be using the GEM stuff, I'm not sure about 6.4 yet.
What's the motivation behind asking these questions:
I"m using arch linux now, and migrating through the various releases of new intel graphics drivers and Xorgs has been a real pain in the ass for me, recently, so I'd like to move to linux/BSD distro that's using an older Xorg and intel drivers, but at the same time, I'd like to be able to install other newer software, like Xfce 4.6. I was wondering if I could do this with FreeBSD.
It looks like the intel drivers in 7.1 are too new for what I'm trying to do, on the other hand, it looks like I COULD do what I want to do in principle, though I may have to work with the 6.4 release. On the other hand, it looks like Arch Linux also provides a legacy intel driver, and as much as I've always wanted to play around with BSD. I may just give those a shot first.
Last edited by pseudonomous; 04-25-2009 at 04:52 PM.